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Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Santa Barbara International Film Festival to open with Disconnect

  Jason Bateman, Hope Davis and Haley Ramm in Henry-Alex Rubin's "DISCONNECT" Courtesy of LD Entertainment   The 28th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (January 24-February 3), presented by lynda.com, will open the 2013 Festival with the U.S.  Premiere of LD Entertainment’s Disconnect, directed by Henry-Alex Rubin and starring Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Andrea Riseborough, Alexander Skarsgård ...

Ben Affleck to be honored at santa barbara

  SBIFF TO BESTOW BEN AFFLECK WITH  MODERN MASTER AWARD   The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by lynda.com, will honor director, producer and actor Ben Affleck with the Modern Master Award at the 28th edition of the Fest, which runs January 24 -February 3, 2013, it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling.  The Tribute will take place on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at the historic Arlington Theatre.   “Afflec...

Daniel Day-Lewis to be honored with the Montecito Award at Santa Barbara Festival

   Photo credit: Nino Munez       DANIEL DAY-LEWIS TO RECEIVE MONTECITO AWARD  AT THE 28TH SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL     The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is proud to announce that it will be garnering two-time Academy Award® winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis with the prestigious Montecito Award at the 28th edition of the Festival on behalf of his inspirational performance in the title role of Lincoln, and as a ...

Jennifer Lawrence to receive SBIFF Outstanding Performer Award

    The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by lynda.com, is proud to present Academy Award® nominated actress Jennifer Lawrence with the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award on Friday, February 2.  She will be honored with a Tribute celebrating her compelling performances in The Hunger Games and Silver Linings Playbook at the 28th edition of the Festival which runs January 24 - February 3, 2013, it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Du...

West of Memphis at SBIFF 2012

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  The cast and crew of the documentary film WEST OF MEMPHIS (2012) made a splash at the Santa Barbara International FIlm Festival (SBIFF) on February, 3rd, 2012. The film had its world premier just weeks before in Sundance. Following the screening, director Amy Berg, Damien Echols, and Lorri Davis attended a Q and A. Read a summary of the film here: SUMMARY by Sundance Film Festival- "For many people, the case of the West Memphis Three has become synonymous with wrongful...

A MIGHTY FINE interview with cast of 'MIGHTY FINE' (2011)!

A few weeks ago during the 27th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) I had the pleasure of sitting with the cast from Debbie Goodstein’s film MIGHTY FINE (2011) where the film held its North American premier. Here is director Debbie Goodstein, Chazz Palminteri, Jodelle Ferland and Rainey Qualley.   Photo by Vanessa McMahon 

WINNERS OF THE 27TH ANNUAL SANTA BARBARA FILM FESTIVAL (SBIFF 2012)

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WINNERS OF THE 27TH ANNUAL SANTA BARBARA FILM FESTIVAL (SBIFF 2012) With closing film of festival, the Lebanese hit film by actress/writer/director Nadine Labaki, WHERE DO WE GO NOW? (Arabic: وهلّأ لوين؟ w halla' la wayn‎, French: Et maintenant, on va ou?, 2011) which held its world premier during the 2011 Cannes Film Festival as part of 'Un Certain Regard'. It was the Lebanese 2011 Oscar submission this year. The film held its North American premier in Toronto at TIFF...

WINNERS OF THE 27TH ANNUAL SANTA BARBARA FILM FESTIVAL (SBIFF 2012)

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  WINNERS OF THE 27TH ANNUAL SANTA BARBARA FILM FESTIVAL (SBIFF 2012) With closing film of festival, the Lebanese hit film by actress/writer/director Nadine Labaki, WHERE DO WE GO NOW? (Arabic: وهلّأ لوين؟ w halla' la wayn‎, French: Et maintenant, on va ou?, 2011) which held its world premier during the 2011 Cannes Film Festival as part of 'Un Certain Regard'. It was the Lebanese 2011 Oscar submission this year. The film held its North American premier in Toronto at TIF...

SASSY PANTS (2012) premier at 27th SBIFF

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  SBIFF PRESS Saturday, January 28th, 2012, Santa Barbara International Film Festival held the premier of SASSY PANTS (2012) at the Metro Theatre. In attendance were stars: Haley Joel Osment, Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad), Ashley Rickards (from MTV’s Awkward), Diedrich Bader (Drew Carey Show). Synopsis: A biting coming of age comedy, "Sassy Pants" follows recent homeschool grad BETHANY PRUITT as she struggles to break free from her smothering mom without any help from ...

27th SBIFF opens on January 26th with Lawrence Kasdan's 'DARLING COMPANION'

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  Tonight on January 26th, 2012 will see opening of the 27th SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (SBIFF) in Santa Barbara, California. The festival will open with the world premier of Lawrence Kasdan's film: “DARLING COMPANION” (2012) with an all star cast including Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline, Dianne Wiest. The film will open with a an Oscar-nominated Animated Pixar Short, “LA LUNA” (2011). The screening will take place in the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, CA wi...

West of Memphis at SBIFF 2012

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  The cast and crew of the documentary film WEST OF MEMPHIS (2012) at the Santa Barbara International FIlm Festival (SBIFF), 2012. The film had its world premier just weeks before in Sundance. Following the screening, director Amy Berg, Damien Echols, and Lorri Davis attended a Q and A. Read a summary of the film here: SUMMARY by Sundance Film Festival- "For many people, the case of the West Memphis Three has become synonymous with wrongful conviction. Despite a lack of ...

Michael Douglas will be bestowed with his father’s honor in Santa Barbara, the 2011 KIRK DOUGLAS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM

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In recognition of his contributions to the world of film, Michael Douglas will be bestowed with his father’s honor, the 2011 KIRK DOUGLAS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The 6th annual black-tie Gala dinner will take place at The Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara on Thursday, October 13, 2011. “The first time I saw Michael Douglas act was in a play at UC Santa Barbara, so it is fitting that a career that started here should ...

Santa Barbara International Film Festival steps into acquisition

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In 2012 the Santa Barbara International Film Festival will continue on its path to becoming one of the world’s most sought after and prestigious film festivals with the debut of its first ever Acquisitions Program, which will take place on the first weekend of the festival, January 27-29, 2012, it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling.   The weekend long program will be run in association with Traction Media, a Los Angeles-based film production and sales company, and...

SBIFF 2011 Winners Announced

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  The 26th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced the winners of the 2011 festival competition at a Press Conference and Sunday morning brunch at the famed Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort. To the joy and surprise of both patrons and industry professionals, the festival's 26th season managed to surpass even the great success of last year's silver anniversary. Throughout the past 11 days, cinephiles from around the globe packed the theaters of State Street, creating one of...

Geoffrey Rush to receive the Montecito Award in Santa Barbara

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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor Academy Award® winning actor Geoffrey Rush with the Montecito Award at the 26th edition of the Festival, which runs January 27– February 6, 2011, it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. The Tribute will take place Monday, January 31, 2011, at the historic Arlington Theatre.The Montecito Award was created in recognition of a performer who has given a series of classic and standout performances in his/her career...

Sarah's key to open next Santa Barbara Fest

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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, January 27 – February 6, will open the 2011 Festival with the film SARAH’S KEY. Already receiving critical acclaim across the world, the French film will make its U.S. premiere at the Santa Barbara Festival’s opening night event. The filmstarsKristin Scott Thomas and is directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner, both of whom are scheduled to be in attendance. Opening night will take place at the Arlington Theatre on Thursday, January 27, 2011.Remarked...

Nicole Kidman to receive the Cinema Vanguard Award in Santa Barbara

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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman with the Cinema Vanguard Award at the 26th edition of the Fest, which runs January 27 -February 6, 2011, it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. The Tribute will take place on Saturday, February 5, 2011 at the historic Arlington Theatre.The Cinema Vanguard Award was created in recognition of an actor who has forged his/her own path - taking artistic risks and making a significa...

Santa Barbara International Film Festival welcome Annette Bening

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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is thrilled to welcome back three-time Academy Award nominee Annette Bening by bestowing her with the American Riviera Award. Bening, who has received critical acclaim this year for her performances in The Kids Are All Right and Mother and Child, will be honored at the Arlington Theatre on Friday, January 28 for the Fest’s 26th edition, which runs January 27- February 6, 2011. Bening was previously honored in 2005.“I fell in love with A...

The Santa Barbara will honour James Franco

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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is proud to present James Franco with the Outstanding Performance of the Year Award on Saturday, January 29, 2011. He will be honored for his compelling performance in Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours at the 26th edition of the Fest which runs January 27-February 6, 2011, it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling.This fall will see the release of the highly anticipated 127 Hours, in which Franco stars in the true story of young adven...

Santa Barbara International Film Festival to honour Christopher Nolan

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Christopher Nolan, writer/director/producer of the acclaimed blockbuster Inception, will receive the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s highest honor, Modern Master Award, presented by lynda.com. Announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling, the event – which will take place on Sunday, January 30, 2011 at the historic Arlington Theatre - will provide a rare and highly anticipated look at one of the most in demand filmmakers today.The Modern Master Award is the highest h...

Winding Down

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Winding Down By Kimberly Deisler Could it possibly be day ten already? While the week was excruciatingly long in that everyone’s exhausted and choking with some kind of cough or cold, we’re finally here … on the last day of the festival. Although most of the world considers this to be Valentine’s Day, those in Santa Barbara are celebrating the local sweetheart with Jeff Bridges Day by screening all of his Oscar nominated films, The Last Picture Show, Thunderbolt...

Santa Barbara wrapped with awards to Letters to Father Jakobs

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The 25th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced the winners of the 2010 festival competition at a Press Conference and Sunday morning brunch at the famed Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort, hosted by KTYD Radio's Julie Ramos. The festival, which celebrated its Silver Anniversary February 4-14, was a huge success. By the look of the theaters you'd never know the economy was in the fight of its life as audiences packed the theaters for the last 11 days, proving once again how p...

10-10-10

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It goes something like this. Seven years running, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival has made dreams come true with a themed student competition that pairs industry professionals with student filmmakers. Appropriately, this year’s theme is Twenty-Five. Final Draft and Business First Bank sponsored the competition with The Riordan Foundation providing a grant. To start, both high school and college student writers submit a ten page sample of their best work be it sta...

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) presents its line-up

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Celebrating its Silver Anniversary, The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) presents its stellar line-up for 2010.  The 25th edition features 196 films including 18 World Premieres, 28 U.S. Premieres and a vast selection of films representing 45 countries.  SBIFF is proud to welcome immensely talented filmmakers and honorees as we look back at 25 years of cinematic history and has assembled exceptional and evocative movies to entertain the expansive SBIFF audience.  The Fest...

Flying Lessons has been selected to open the Santa Barbara Film Festival

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          Derek Magyar's feature film debut "Flying Lessons" has been selected as the coveted Opening Night Film for the 25th Anniversary of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival which runs February 4-14, 2010.   This World Premiere Film touts a stellar cast which includes Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winner Christine Lahti, Screen Actors Guild Awards recipient Maggie Grace ("Lost"), Youn...
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