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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.


Bad Influences and Unsung Editors

I have to blog and write reviews and festival experiences so my way of making it through the theaters, award ceremonies and parties is by not drinking at the festival parties. Well, some people are a bad influence. Take blogger Craig Smith for example, now he’s a bad influence. Both of us were at the intimate, post-Javier Bardem tribute party at the Sacks Fifth Avenue Store. No red wine was served, but there was plenty of white, along with vodka-enhanced mixed drinks. There was no shopping to be had, but security guards, a DJ spinning in the corner (even a bit of a dance floor), and even Woody Harrelson and Javier Bardem came to chat up the room. 

Back to the bad influence, So, at Sacks I indulged in a glass of white, upon Craig’s encouragement. After all, how often does a person get to drink in the men’s department at Sacks with Javier Bardem? 

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The next day, Craig and I visited the hospitality suite at the Hotel Santa Barbara, the festival hub, where  we met Karoliina Tuovinen. Karoliina is one of the editors, working with tribute director Paul Fagen, who puts together the video clips shown during the award ceremonies and Question and Answer sessions with the stars. Editors are the often-unsung heroes of the film world. As a festival screener, I know this first-hand. I stopped counting how many times I wanted to see a film find a new editor, or have a director actually listen to their editor, or to have the film go back to the editor. In any case, Karoliina described watching 20+ hours of film to select clippings to represent the actors’ bodies of work. They did a great job.

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