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SBIFF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts and education organization dedicated to making a positive impact utilizing the power of film. SBIFF is a year-round organization that is best known for its main film festival that takes place each year in February. Over the past 30 years the Santa Barbara International Film Festival has become one of the leading film festivals in the United States – attracting 90,000 attendees and offering 11days of 200+ films, tributes and symposiums. We bring the best of independent and international cinema to Santa Barbara, and we continue to expand our year-round operation to include a wide range of educational programming, fulfilling our mission to engage, enrich and inspire our community through film.

In June 2016, SBIFF entered a new era with the acquisition of the historic and beloved Riviera Theatre. The theatre is SBIFF’s new home and is the catalyst for our program expansion. This marks the first time that Santa Barbara has had a 24/7 community center focused on the art of film and is an incredible opportunity to expand our mission of educational outreach. Particularly important to SBIFF is making available high quality learning opportunities for underserved and vulnerable populations. Our programs and reach are more robust than ever before.


'KON-TIKI' (2012) at 28th SBIFF


‘Are you a traveler or a tourist?’ That is the question. What Is the difference? A tourist thinks about going home the minute he/she has arrived at his/her destination, whereas a traveler gets so wrapped up in the adventure he/she rarely ever returns home (Paul Bowles’ ‘The Sheltering Sky’). Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl was a true ‘traveler’ and made history with his epic voyage ‘Kon-Tiki’, now a major motion picture nominated for Best Foreign Film for the 2013 Academy Awards.

 (Norway, 2012) is my pick for the 'Best Foreign Film' of 2012. Awe-inspiring, moving, sensational, motivating, this film is about a man, Thor Heyerdahl, who had an incredible dream who was mocked and ridiculed at every turn, but because he chose to trust his instinct and realize his dream at any price, he made history for accomplishing what before had seemed only impossible.

'Kon-Tiki' is the extraordinary account of the true story of Norwegian traveler Thor Heyerdahl who became a legend with his obsession to prove that the Polynesian islands had not been settled by people from Asia, which was the popular belief at the time; rather, they were settled by South American migrants on handmade rafts. The year was 1947 and to prove his theory Thor built a handmade balsawood raft which he named ‘Kon-Tiki’, after the Polynesian sun-god, and with a crew of only five they sailed 4300 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean from Peru to French Polynesia.

Thor had the fantastic life-threatening sea journey filmed as a documentary during the voyage, which later went on to win the 1950 Academy Award for Best Documentary. Thor also wrote and published a novel about this incredible journey, which later became an international best seller translated into 70 languages selling more than 50 million copies. Filmed at a budget of nearly $17M, this is one of Norway’s most ambitious films yet recounting the world’s most impressive sea-journey exploration of modern times.

-Written by Vanessa McMahon


118 Minute Running Time 
Additional Countries: United Kingdom 
Topics: Action/Adventure, Epic, History 
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Norwegian English Sub-Titles

DIRECTOR: Joachim Ronning, Espen Sandberg 
Producer: Aage Aaberge, Jeremy Thomas
Editor: Perry Eriksen, Martin Stoltz
Screenwriter: Petter Skavlan
Cinematographer: Geir Hartly Andreassen
Music: Johan Soderqvist
Principal Cast: Pål Sverre Hagen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Gustaf Skarsgard, Odd Magnus Williamson, Tobias Santelmann, Jakob Oftebro
Filmography: Espen Sandberg & Joachim Ronning: 
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