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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.


LOOKING BACK, Cinema's greatest moments... BARAKA (21992)

SAMSARA (2011) (sequel to BARAKA, 1992) premiered this past week at the 27th SBIFF. Stay tuned for a one on one interview with producer Mark Magidson coming soon!


Twenty years ago a film was released that changed the way people viewed cinema because its filmmakers dared to go where no other film has ever been, and none since...

...BARAKA (1992), directed by cinematographer Ron Fricke and produced by Mark Magidson, does everything against the rules in textbook filmmaking- it uses no stars, no script and no dialogue!!! - yet in so doing, BARAKA made history with its transcendent cinematic language. The point of this film was made loud and clear in its humility... The movie star here is the world itself, from virginal indigenous nature to technology rising to great heights and then the great inevitable fall of all...the eternal good and evil forces of existence.

This is not a film about anything but life and the address Planet Earth, which forces is to really look at ourselves and each other. This is not just cinema... This is a majestic cathedral of art towering above everything that proceeds it, a triumph in film collaboration from cinematography to direction, the production (filmed at 152 locations in 23 countries) and the music, oh the music... with an unforgettable score by Michael Stearns and featuring music by Lisa Gerrard from Dead Can Dance...

...The meaning of the word 'BARAKA' means 'blessing' in many languages. The film was photographed in the 70mm Todd-AO format.



**STAY TUNED for their latest masterpiece (20 years later)- SAMSARA (2011) coming soon!



written by Vanessa McMahon, February 1, 2012.

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