Santa Barbara International Film Festival

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is an eleven-day film festival held in Santa Barbara, California since 1986.

Santa Barbara International Film Festival
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LocationSanta Barbara, California, United States
Founded byPhyllis de Picciotto[2]
DirectorsRoger Durling (Executive Director)[3]

The festival boasts screenings of over 200 feature films and shorts from different countries and regions. SBIFF also includes celebrity tributes, industry panels and education programs.


Over the years, SBIFF has invited numerous potential award-winning celebrities, including Cate Blanchett,[4] Guillermo Del Toro, Laura Dern,[5] Leonardo DiCaprio,[6] Angelina Jolie,[7] Jennifer Lawrence,[8] Heath Ledger,[9] Eddie Redmayne, Martin Scorsese,[10] and Kate Winslet.[11]

In 2006, a third of the festival's slots were dedicated to films by Hispanic filmmakers. Programming categories at that time included Nature films, "surf flicks" and adventure-sports films.[12]

In addition to its annual festival in February, the SBIFF "Cinema Society" hosts programming year round at the Riviera Theater in Santa Barbara.[13][5]



  • Maltin Modern Master Award
  • Montecito Award
  • Outstanding Performer(s) of the Year Award
  • The American Riviera™ Award
  • Cinema Vanguard Award
  • Virtuosos Award
  • The Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema
  • The Best International Film Award
  • The Nueva Vision Award for the best Spanish/Latin American film
  • Best Documentary Film Award
  • Bruce Corwin Award for Best Live Action Short Film
  • Bruce Corwin Award for Best Animation Short Film
  • The Fund for Santa Barbara Social Justice Award
  • The Audience Choice Award
  • 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking Competition
  • 10-10-10 Student Screenwriting Competition

Montecito AwardEdit


Outstanding Performer(s) of the Year AwardEdit


American Riviera AwardEdit

10-10-10 Student Film CompetitionEdit

One feature of the film festival is the 10-10-10 competition.[16] Students enrolled at Santa Barbara area high schools and colleges are invited to submit either a 10-page sample of writing for the Screenwriting portion of the competition, or a five-minute sample of their best filmmaking efforts for the directing portion. Ten writers are selected to write one 10-minute script each; the scripts are then matched with the ten filmmakers. Those students then have ten days to shoot and edit the completed ten-minute short film, during the ten days of the festival. Films are screened and winners are announced on closing night. A selection committee consisting of representatives from each school, Industry professionals and SBIFF representatives select the participants.[17]

The program was extended into a summer camp where area youths from schools and local Boys & Girls Clubs learned filmmaking skills.[18]


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  2. ^ Hellwarth, Ben (March 29, 1996). "Tom Selleck is recognized". Archived from the original on 2022-11-29. Retrieved 2022-11-29.
  3. ^ Durling, Roger (2016-02-03). "Santa Barbara Film Fest Chief: I Was a Victim of Priest Child Abuse (Guest Column)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2022-11-29.
  4. ^ Gioia, Michael (2014-02-01). "Cate Blanchett Receives Santa Barbara International Film Festival Outstanding Performer Award Feb. 1". Playbill.
  5. ^ a b Dinaberg, Leslie (2022-11-10). "SBIFF Brings 'Mini Festival' to Santa Barbara's Riviera Theatre Nov. 12-20". The Santa Barbara Independent. Retrieved 2022-11-29.
  6. ^ Feinberg, Scott (2014-02-07). "Santa Barbara Film Fest: 'Wolf' Pack Reunites as Scorsese, DiCaprio Accept Award From Hill". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  7. ^ Meagher, Chris (2007-10-15). "SB Film Festival to Honor Angelina Jolie". The Santa Barbara Independent. Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  8. ^ Jagernauth, Kevin (2013-02-19). "Watch: Santa Barbara Film Festival's 12 Minute Sizzle Reel Tribute To Jennifer Lawrence". IndieWire. Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  9. ^ "Film Festival Honoree Heath Ledger Dead". The Santa Barbara Independent. 2008-01-22. Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  10. ^ Gleiberman, Owen (2019-11-14). "Santa Barbara International Film Festival Fetes Martin Scorsese with Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film". Variety. Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  11. ^ Kay, Jeremy. "Kate Winslet to receive award at Santa Barbara Film Festival". ScreenDaily. Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  12. ^ Price, Cindy (2006-12-15). "Other Film Festivals: The Sundance Effect". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-11-29.
  13. ^ "Cinema Society – riviera". Retrieved 2022-11-29.
  14. ^ a b "Celebrity Tributes". Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Archived from the original on 2022-11-29. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  15. ^ "Search results for Montecito Award". Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Archived from the original on September 10, 2015. Retrieved September 9, 2015.
  16. ^ "10-10-10 | SBIFF". Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  17. ^ Ascencio, Bianca (2022-03-14). "SBIFF rolls out the red carpet for SBCC students at the Arlington". The Channels. Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  18. ^ Cruz, Ryan P. (2021-09-02). "Santa Barbara International Film Festival Summer Camp Provides for Aspiring Young Filmmakers". The Santa Barbara Independent. Retrieved 2022-08-15.

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