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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.


Danny All Day! by Kimberly Deisler



If you don’t know Danny Boyle or his films by now, you don’t know what you’re missing.  Today is a unique day here in the SB Festival Hood with a complete Retrospective of the incredible work of filmmaker Danny Boyle, including Millions, Sunshine, Trainspotting, 28 Days Later and the newly acclaimed Slumdog Millionaire.


This morning the Metro 4 screened Millions, with the aforementioned films to follow, check for schedule times. 

Saturated in brilliant color, special effects and enhanced by the vividly surreal imagination of  “Damian,” our protagonist, Millions jumps to a quick start, taking the audience along for the journey … When Damian finds a bag o’ cash, that he believes God has sent directly to him, he and his brother struggle with what to do next.

This unpredictable film is quintessential Boyle as he contrasts emotion with desire and of course, adding  humor. 

Danny Boyle appears this evening at the Lobero Theater in conversation with Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Executive Director Roger Durling after a 7:30 p.m. screening of Boyle's latest hit, Slumdog Millionaire.  

Slumdog Follow Up

Being the only person this side of the Mississippi who hasn’t seen Slumdog until last night, I’m glad I waited.  First of all, I’m wondering how and what Danny Boyle does to get the performances out of his actors that he does, especially the kids.  Incredible falls short in description, Sensational inadequate at best, and why the younger actors failed to be included in the nominations, in any category, this year is a mystery to me. 

Having Danny Boyle at our disposal for a Q & A afterward to describe the film’s process only expanded the horizon of the movie experience.  His openhearted candor and willingness to discuss the film offered audience members insight to the difficulties, highs and challenges of filmmaking.  Danny Boyle is a consummate artist, a personable guy and pretty damn funny.  Watch out Danny, my husband’s on notice and you’re now top of my celebrity clause list! 

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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has star wattage and a wealth of premieres in a Mediterrean-style city by the sea.

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The team of editors of the The Santa Barbara Blog:
Carol Marshall, Felicia Tomasko, Vanessa McMahon, Marla and Mark Hamperin, Kim Deisler and Bruno Chatelin

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