INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Santa Barbara, California - USA
February 1 to 11, 2017
In the Spotlight today is the 32nd Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), an Oscar-qualifying showcase for unforgettable American independent cinema alongside many of the best films from every corner of the globe. A long-respected staple of the international film circuit, SBIFF takes full advantage of its gorgeous surroundings in a destination city known as the American Riviera that thrives on art, culture, food, wine, and the outdoors. With more than 200 films on display (and more than 90,000 film fans in attendance), SBIFF stands tall as one of the most beloved festivals on the film scene.
Featuring over 100 US and World Premieres, SBIFF has increasingly attracted some of the world's top distributors as well as industry critics and reporters from Variety, Hollywood Reporter and IndieWire, offering invaluable exposure for filmmakers. SBIFF is characterized by a competitive selection of international narrative and documentary cinema, creative sidebars that reflect the community including a focus of wine/food, dance, surfing and wildlife, and a robust shorts program. Several Academy Award-winning shorts that launched at SBIFF include Mr. Hublot, Head Over Heels, and The Orchestra.
The Festival now has a growing acquisitions program that allows accredited distributors to screen available films premiering at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and access to the filmmaker lounge, where filmmakers have the opportunity to meet potential buyers. A number of films have gone on to receive distribution following their premiere here including Caffeinated, Night Has Settled, Stereotypically You, U Want Me 2 Kill Him?, Bang Bang Baby and Siddharth, to name a few.
MISSION AND OBJECTIVE
Now in its 32nd year, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts and educational organization with a mission to engage, enrich and inspire people through film.
MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
US filmmakers are entitled to one complimentary night at one of SBIFF's sponsoring partner hotels, while International filmmakers are eligible for three complimentary nights. The festival is set to award a $60,000 USD camera package and some competition sections include cash awards. Each film is eligible for two platinum passes, which gives filmmakers priority access to all screenings, tributes, panels and special events, including SBIFF's filmmaker's lounge at the UGG Pavilion which features daily happy hours and provides filmmakers with networking opportunities.
Whether you have a short or a full-length feature, filmmakers thrive in Santa Barbara - submit your film today!