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Santa Barbara International Film Festival Call for Entries

Monday, September 18, 2017   (0 Comments)
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In the Spotlight, Withoutabox
Santa Barbara, California - USA
January 31 to February 10, 2018

Dear Robert,

In the Spotlight today is the 33rd 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 fromVariety,Hollywood Reporter, andIndieWire, offering invaluable exposure for filmmakers. 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.

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 includingCaffeinated,Night Has Settled,Stereotypically You,U Want Me 2 Kill Him?,Bang Bang Baby, andSiddharth, to name a few.

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September 15, 2017 - Regular Deadline
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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.

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.

Whether you have a short or a full-length feature, filmmakers thrive in Santa Barbara - submit your film today!