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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.


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Sir Ben Kingsley at 27th SBIFF, 2012

 

Ben Kingsley at The Arlington Theater at 27th SBIFF, 30th January, 2012

 

I spoke to Sir Ben as he walked up the red carpet into the theater...

ME: Tonight you’re going to be presenting an award to the great Scorsese.

BEN: The great Scorsese! Yes!

ME: So, how does that feel?

BEN: Well, when I think of the number of men or women that could be presenting this award, people who owe their greatest moments on screen to him, people who owe their careers to him…I’m the voice of a very extraordinary group of actors so I have to speak for all of them and hope that message gets through because we all love him.. And I don’t exaggerate… We LOVE him! And it’s a great honor!

BEN (CONT.) My relationship to Martin is growing. It’s my second film with him and I hope that, you know, we have a future together. We seem to really understand one another. The conversations we have on set are mostly stories that we tell each other. The conversations we have about the work is two or three words…Tiny adjustments, a tiny nudge here, a tiny push there because that is the way he works. That’s him. It’s the non-audition, the gentle vision. You just be in front of the camera.

 

**STAY TUNED!!! for Sir Ben Kingsley’s eloquent speech and tribute to Martin Scorsese that had both of them in tears as Ben presented the American Riviera Award to beloved director (and Oscar nominated for HUGO, 2012) Martin Scorsese!

Vanessa McMahon 

 

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