2016 SBIFF Film Lineup Announced

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), presented by UGG, announced today the highly-anticipated line-up for the 31st edition, which will run February 3rd to February 13th, 2016. The festival will offer a vast array of films representing 60+ countries, 52 world premieres and 53 US premieres, along with tributes with the year’s top talent, panel discussions, and free community education and outreach.

SBIFF 2016 will kick off on Wednesday, February 3rd, at the historic Arlington Theatre with the US Premiere of THE LITTLE PRINCE, directed by Mark Osborne and featuring the voices of Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Ricky Gervais, James Franco, Mackenzie Foy and Benicio Del Toro. THE LITTLE PRINCE is based on the classic tale of the same name by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

On Sunday, February 7th, Terrance Malick’s experiential KNIGHT OF CUPS will have its US Premiere at the Arlington Theatre as the festival’s Centerpiece Film. The highly anticipated film stars Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Frieda Pinto, Isabel Lucas, Imogen Poots, Wes Bentley, Brian Dennehy and Teresa Palmer, among others. KNIGHT OF CUPS follows writer Rick (Bale) on an odyssey through the playgrounds of Los Angeles and Las Vegas as he undertakes a search for love and self. Even as he moves through a desire-laden landscape of mansions, resorts, beaches and clubs, Rick grapples over complicated relationships with his brother (Bentley) and father (Dennehy). His quest to break the spell of his disenchantment takes him on a series of adventures with six alluring women: rebellious Della (Poots); his physician ex-wife, Nancy (Blanchett); a serene model Helen (Pinto); a woman he wronged in the past Elizabeth (Portman); a spirited, playful stripper Karen (Palmer); and an innocent Isabel (Lucas), who helps him see a way forward.

Xavier Giannoli’s funny and emotional drama MARGUERITE will close out the festival on Saturday, February 13th. 1921, the beginning of the Golden Twenties. Not far from Paris. It is party day at Marguerite Dumont’s castle. Like every year, an array of music lovers gathers around a great cause at the owner’s place. Nobody knows much about this woman except that she is rich and that her whole life is devoted to her passion: music. Marguerite sings. She sings wholeheartedly, but she sings terribly out of tune. In ways quite similar to the Castafiore, Marguerite has been living her passion in her own bubble, and the hypocrite audience, always coming in for a good laugh, acts as if she was the diva she believes she is. When a young, provocative journalist decides to write a rave article on her latest performance, Marguerite starts to believe even further in her talent. This gives her the courage she needs to follow her dream. Despite her husband’s reluctance, and with the help of a has-been divo, both funny and mean, she decides to train for her first recital in front of a crowd of complete strangers.

THE TRIBUTES

SBIFF has become an important showcase for Academy-Award® frontrunners, many of whom have arrived as nominees and gone on to win the Oscar. The 31st Santa Barbara International Film Festival proudly celebrates some of the year’s finest work in film. The complete list of 2016 Honorees (in date order) is as follows:

• Scott Cooper will present Johnny Depp with the esteemed Maltin Modern Master Award sponsored by UGG, moderated by longtime friend and film historian Leonard Maltin on Thursday, February 4th.
Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams will receive the American Riviera Award sponsored by Engel & Völkers on Friday, February 5th.
• The 2016 Virtuosos Award sponsored by Travel + Leisure will be presented to Elizabeth Banks (LOVE & MERCY), Joel Edgerton (BLACK MASS), Paul Dano (LOVE & MERCY, YOUTH), Jacob Tremblay (ROOM), Alicia Vikander (THE DANISH GIRL, EX MACHINA), O’Shea Jackson Jr. (STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON) and Géza Röhrig (SON OF SAUL) in recognition of the year’s emerging film artists. The evening will be moderated by Dave Karger, Chief Correspondent and host of “The Frontrunners” on Fandango on Saturday, February 6th.
Brie Larson and Saoirse Ronan will receive the Outstanding Performers of the Year Award, moderated by Pete Hammond, on Monday, February 8th.
• The Montecito Award will be Tuesday, February 9th and is sponsored by Hennessy. Honoree to be announced.
• The Variety Artisans Awards will take place on Wednesday, February 10th and will be moderated by Variety’s Sr. VP Awards Editor, Tim Gray. Honorees to be announced.
• The Outstanding Director of the Year Award sponsored by The Hollywood reporter will be Thursday, February 11th and will be moderated by THR’s Scott Feinberg. Honorees to be announced.
Rooney Mara will receive the Cinema Vanguard Award, presented to her by Cate Blanchett, on Friday, February 12th.

All tributes take place at the historic Arlington Theatre except the Variety Artisans Award which will be at the Lobero Theatre.

THE PANELS

SBIFF has become renowned for creating smart, insightful panels that feature a who’s who in the world of filmmaking, including many Oscar® contenders.

The panel series begins on Saturday, February 6th with the “Movers and Shakers,” (Producers Panel), bringing together the industry’s most prolific producers to talk about current projects, hopes for the future of filmmaking, and insights into the creative process. Moderated by Los Angeles Times film writer Glenn Whipp.

That same day proceeds with “It Starts With the Script” (Screenwriters Panel), bringing together top writers to discuss their craft. The panel will be moderated by indieWIRE’s Anne Thompson.

On Saturday February 13, with Creative Forces: Women in the Business (Women’s Panel), moderated by Madelyn Hammond, President, Madelyn Hammond & Assoc., and Former Chief Marketing Officer for Variety. The Women’s Panel is sponsored by Brooks Institute.

All panels take place at the Lobero Theatre.

HIGHLIGHTS & LOCAL OFFERINGS

Student Film Studies Program – Returning for its second year, the student film studies program will bring undergraduate film students from across the country for a three day symposium with a focus on film appreciation, criticism, and analysis. Students will have the opportunity to learn from notable industry professionals and get a behind-the-scenes look at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival through a unique mix of guided and self-guided opportunities, allowing students to customize the experience and benefit from all the Festival has to offer. Students will have access to screenings, panels, Q&A sessions, celebrity tribute events, and private sessions with filmmakers and media professionals in a classroom setting. Due to the generosity of Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin, the amount of students allowed has doubled and the program will be completely FREE including travel and lodging.

Free Public Screenings – Sponsored by Cox Business, SBIFF will again offer critically acclaimed films FREE to the public at the Lobero Theatre everyday throughout the Festival..

Seminars – SBIFF will again present educational seminars that will be FREE to the public and will take place in the Visit Santa Ynez Valley Lounge at the Engel & Völkers Pavilion throughout the Festival at 11:00am.

The Jury – Films in several of the Festival’s film categories are in competition. These categories are viewed by a hand selected group of industry professionals including: Sean Baker, James Morrison, Johannes Kuhnke, Neil Konigsberg, Margaret Lazarus, Geoffrey Cowper, Alan Marshall, Anthony Zerbe, Perry Lange, Mimi deGruy, and Phyllis de Picciotto. On the last day of the Festival, the award winning films will be announced at the annual SBIFF awards breakfast.

SBIFF Acquisitions Program – SBIFF presents the 5th Annual Acquisitions Program on the first weekend of the festival, February 5 – February 7. Since it began five years ago, this weekend long event has grown significantly with a number of films from last year’s program going on to receive distribution. The program was created to allow the acquisitions community easy, industry-friendly access to films at SBIFF.

Super Silent Sunday – On Sunday February 7th, SBIFF will present a classic silent film at the Arlington Theatre completely FREE to the public. Live accompaniment will be provided by Adam Aceto on the theatre’s Wonder Morton pipe organ, which is one of only five in existence, and is a unique opportunity to connect with the rich history of cinema.

Mike’s Field Trip to the Movies – More than a decade ago, SBIFF first introduced “Field Trip to the Movies,” the brainchild of renowned nature cinematographer Mike deGruy, whose passion for exploring and sharing those adventures with audiences through filmmaking was the inspiration for this fascinating and thought-provoking program. Now renamed “Mike’s Field Trip to the Movies,” the goal of the program, which is offered to 4,000 5th and 6th grade students from throughout Santa Barbara County, is to use filmmaking to stimulate creative, confident and culturally aware thinkers and empower students and teachers with a novel approach to education. Award winning filmmakers have participated each year – including James Cameron, Lee Unkrich, Gore Verbinski, Peter Ramsey, Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Chris Miller and Phil Lord among others. SBIFF provides FREE transportation to students from Title I schools. This year, SBIFF is once again including an educational outreach program that will reach students in participating schools. Here, SBIFF staff and special guests will conduct an interactive film-related seminar within their own classroom. For the 31st Festival, SBIFF is thrilled to present the critically-acclaimed hit animated comedy adventure, Inside Out, featuring writer/director Pete Docter, who will participate in a Q&A following the screenings with the students and talk about the craft of animated filmmaking. This annual free event, which takes place Friday, February 5 at the Arlington Theatre, is sponsored by Santa Barbara Foundation, Union Bank, Wells Fargo, Bentson Foundation, Macy’s, and The Volentine Family Foundation.

The Tribute Awards were once again specially designed by Santa Barbara’s own Daniel Gibbings Jewelry. The Award is inspired by the iconic steeple of Santa Barbara’s historic Arlington Theatre and is handcrafted in metal and is 24 karat gold-plated, with a custom marble base. “We wanted to create an award that is not only quintessential to Santa Barbara’s beautiful culture and performing arts, but also embodied the passion and creativity we use in crafting our unique jewelry designs,” states CEO and Creative Director Daniel Gibbings and Setenay Ozdemir-Osman. “Just as the Arlington Theatre takes our imagination to new places, so do the visionary filmmakers and actors that are honored each year by the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. We are truly honored to design and create all of the awards for SBIFF.”

AppleBox Family Films – FREE family films on the weekends of the Festival. This year, SBIFF will screen Animated Feature frontrunners Inside Out (10:00am Feb. 6), Minions (1:00pm Feb. 6), The Peanuts Movie (10:00am Feb. 7), and The Good Dinosaur (10:00am Feb. 13) Sponsored by Cox, KPMR Univision, Metropolitan Theatres, MOXI, and Rincon Broadcasting.

Santa Barbara Filmmakers – The Santa Barbara filmmaking community continues to captivate and inspire audiences with this year’s impressive line-up. Santa Barbara filmmakers provide a diverse, thought-provoking series of features and shorts. Their programs underscore the emerging talent of up-and-coming filmmakers as well as seasoned veterans.

10-10-10 Student Screenwriting and Filmmaking Competition sponsored by Montecito Bank & Trust, Final Draft, and The Riordan Foundation. The Competition is comprised of 20 high school and college students chosen from 120 submissions. The filmmakers and screenwriters were then paired and they will then produce a 10-minute film. They will then produce a 10-minute film during the 10 days of the Festival. On Tuesday, February 2 the 10-10-10 Press Conference will introduce the screenwriting and filmmaking finalists. On Saturday, February 13 at the Arlington Theatre, all ten completed films will be screened and the winners will be announced.

The Stand Up Award sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League – The Santa Barbara Tri-Counties Region of the Anti-Defamation League will be sponsoring and presenting the new ‘ADL Stand Up Award’ to a dramatic film in the festival that represents an important addition to the efforts of the ADL “to secure justice and fair treatment for all.” ADL has a one hundred year history of standing up to bigotry, hatred, and discrimination. The purpose of this award is to recognize and celebrate the impact that story telling can have in fostering mutual understanding and respect.

Irish Animated Short Films – Santa Barbara’s Irish sister city of Dingle will make a presentation of Ireland’s top animators at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. From The West Coast of Ireland, sitting along The Wild Atlantic Way, Dingle International Film Festival will bring its showcase of Irish Animation to The West Coast of America in California. The selection of animation films by Maurice Galway, Director Dingle IFF, includes some of the top names in animation here in Ireland today whilst also giving a nod to up and coming talent.

Santa Barbara Local Heroes: Documentary Shorts – Directed by Phyllis de Picciotto and Stan Roden, these sixteen short documentaries are inspired, guided and determined by the Santa Barbara Independent’s 30-year tradition of honoring Local Heroes. The 2015 Santa Barbara Local Heroes are: Diana Basehart, Dr. Joe Blum, Don Bushnell, Rodney Chow, Frank Goss, David Hopkins, Jimmy Jennings, Santa Barbara High School Don’s Net Cafe (Lee Ann Knodle), Irene Macias, Marcel Meier, Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree, Suzanne Riordan, Santa Barbara Conservancy, Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol (Jan Martinez and Anthony Lombardi), Josette Tkacik, Friends of the Carpinteria Library (April Ueoka and Susan Williams). These short documentary portraits will screen periodically throughout the festival before the Santa Barbara Features/Shorts.

Youth CineMedia – SBIFF presents a documentary film series produced entirely by teens involved in the Youth CineMedia program. Striving to help children transition away from gang life, drugs and alcohol and into college and careers in music, photography and video production, the organization offers creative tools, training and support for underprivileged and at-risk teens. Free to the public with Q&A following.

3RD Weekend – SBIFF will once again present “3RD Weekend,” which will feature the highlights of the 31st Festival for Santa Barbara residents. The films will be screened throughout the weekend of February 19-21 at the Riviera Theatre. Screenings are FREE and seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Screening times will be posted sbiff.org in the days following Closing Night.

FILM CATEGORIES AND SIDEBARS

SBIFF features exciting, culturally enlightening, and entertaining programming and sidebars. 207+ films from around the world will be brought together to form an incredibly unique and diverse festival experience.

2016 FEATURE FILM SECTIONS

ABOVE AND BEYOND: A selection of exhilarating documentaries that capture the challenges of endurance sports as well as the adventure, beauty and thrills of the outdoors.
APPLEBOX: A series of free award-winning animated films for families.
CINEMATIC OVERTURES: A selection of films that showcase the world of performance including, music, theater and dance.
DOCUMENTARY: A selection of US and International documentaries.
GLOBAL HOLLYWOOD: A selection of documentaries that explore key figures from Hollywood history as well as the global dimensions of Hollywood.
INDEPENDENT: A selection of Independent feature films.
INTERNATIONAL: A selection of International feature films.
KOLNOA: A selection of feature films and documentaries that examine Israel from a variety of diverse historical, cultural and political perspectives.
NOIR: An international selection of neo-noirs filled with gritty underworlds, hard-boiled criminals, femme fatales and moral nihilists.
NORDIC: A selection of contemporary cinema from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.
REEL NATURE: A selection of natural history documentaries that highlight key issues facing the environment and wildlife.
SANTA BARBARA FEATURES: A selection of films from Santa Barbara filmmakers.
SCREEN CUISINE: An international selection of feature films and documentaries that examine the cultural layers of cuisine and craft spirits.
SOCIAL JUSTICE: A selection of international documentaries that address critical social justice issues, including activism, environmentalism, equality, freedom of speech and human rights.
SPANISH/LATIN AMERICA: A selection of Spanish language films from Spain and Latin America.
SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS: A selection of international award winning feature films and documentaries.

Below is the list of World and US Premiere Feature films, followed by the list of remaining Features and Shorts.

WORLD PREMIERES

A Classy Broad, USA (World Premiere)
Section: Global Hollywood
Directed by Anne Goursaud
Cast: Tony Bill, James Carabatsos, Glenn Close, Rob Cohen, John Dean, Lucy Fisher, Lawrence Kasdan, Marcia Nasatir, Michele Nasatir, Daniel Petrie Jr
In 1974 Marcia Nasatir made history by becoming the first woman vice-president at United Artists. This film tells how a Jewish girl from San Antonio shattered Hollywood’s glass ceiling.

A Single Frame, USA (World Premiere)
Section: Documentary
Directed by Brandon Dickerson
Featuring: Jeff Bowden, Alexandra Boulat, Gary Knight, Ron Haviv, Wade Goddard
Visiting Dubrovnik in 2007, Jeff Bowden encounters a photograph of a refugee boy taken during the war in Kosovo. Driven by this haunting image, Bowden sets out to find the child.

Alex and Eve, Australia (World Premiere)
Section: Independent
Directed by Peter Andrikidis
Cast: Richard Brancatisano, Andrea Demetriades
In suburban Sydney, Australia, a Greek man and a Muslim woman fall in love. When things start to get serious, they must somehow make their prejudiced families see the world differently.

Bad Seeds (Les mauvaises herbes), Canada (World Premiere)
Section: International
Directed by Louis Bélanger
Cast: Alexis Martin, Gilles Renaud, Emmanuelle Lussier-Martinez, Luc Picard
An indebted man flees Montreal and finds himself in an isolated farmhouse that belongs to a misanthropic hermit who cultivates marijuana plants–leaving them no choice but to collaborate.

Battlecreek, USA (World Premiere)
Section: Independent
Directed by Alison Eastwood
Cast: Bill Skarsgård, Paula Malcomson, Claire van der Boom, Delroy Lindo, Toby Hemingway, Dana Powell, Jeremy Sande, Susan McPhail, Amye Gousset,
Henry–a loner and night owl–has been sheltered by his fiery mother his entire life. One night, a young woman’s car breaks down, and Henry’s life changes forever.

Being George Clooney, USA (World Premiere)
Section: Documentary, Global Hollywood
Directed by Paul Mariano
Featuring: Francesco Pannofino, Detlef Bierstedt, Samuel Labarthe, Marco Antonio Costa, Tamer Karadagli, Shakti Singh, Martin Umbach
Meet the many voices of George Clooney in this documentary that goes behind the scenes to the world of audio dubbing, where American hits are translated into international blockbusters.

Bizarre: A Circus Story, USA (World Premiere)
Section: Documentary, Cinematic Overtures
Directed by Meg Pinsonneault
Cast: Master Lu Yi
This magical tale shows the extraordinary life of Master Lu Yi, the father of modern acrobatics, and the vast community of big top lovers who share his dream of a thriving US circus industry.

The Challenge, UK (World Premiere)
Section: Above and Beyond
Directed by Peter Williams
Featuring: Alex Smith, Donna Smith, Harrison Smith, William Smith, Kay Davies
In June 2015, Alex Smith completed an Ironman, known as the toughest single day challenge you can undertake, carrying his disabled son the whole way.

Craft: The California Beer Documentary, USA (World Premiere)
Section: Screen Cuisine
Directed by Jeff Smith
This documentary explores the exciting world of craft beer told by the brewers that are setting the standards.

Crossing Bhutan, USA/Bhutan (World Premiere)
Section: Documentary, Above and Beyond
Directed by Ben Henretig
Featuring: Terri Schneider, David Kelly, Tony Lillios, Greg Thomas
Four veteran athletes explore Bhutan’s enigmatic policy of Gross National Happiness by making the first 485-mile crossing entirely by foot and bike.

Floyd Norman: An Animated Life, USA (World Premiere)
Section: Documentary, Global Hollywood
Directed by Erik Sharkey and Michael Fiore
Featuring: Floyd Norman, Whoopi Goldberg, Sergio Aragones, Richard Sherman, Don Hahn, Ralph Guggenheim, Leonard Maltin, Paul Dini, Gary Trousdale, Scott Shaw
This intimate journey through the life and career of 80-year-old Floyd Norman, the first African-American animator at Disney Studios, shows that this Disney legend is still influencing animation.

High Strung, USA (World Premiere)
Section: Cinematic Overtures
Directed by Michael Damian
Cast: Jane Seymour, Keenan Kampa, Nicholas Galitzine, Sonoya Mizuno, Paul Freeman, David Lipper, Maia Morgenstern
When a hip hop violinist busking in the New York subway encounters a classical dancer on scholarship at the Manhattan Conservatory of the Arts, sparks fly.

Interlude, Argentina (World Premiere)
Section: Spanish/Latin America
Directed by Nadia Benedicto
Cast: Leticia Mazur, Lucía Frittayón, Sofía Del Tuffo
Sofia, recently separated, travels with her daughters Irina and Pachi to a coastal town out of season. The time they spend there mark a turning point in their relationship.

The Lost City of Cecil B. DeMille, USA (World Premiere)
Section: Santa Barbara Features, Global Hollywood
Directed by Peter L. Brosnan
Featuring: Cecil B. DeMille, Charlton Heston, Jesse Lasky Jr., Peter L. Brosnan
In 1982 Peter Brosnan heard about an ancient Egyptian City buried in the Guadalupe dunes in Santa Barbara County, which was constructed as the set for Cecil B. DeMille’s THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (1923). Bronson embarked on what turned out to be a thirty year battle to unearth these Sphinxes.

Miso Hungry, Australia/Japan (World Premiere)
Section: Screen Cuisine
Directed by Tim Delmastro
Featuring: Craig Anderson
Miso Hungry chronicles one man’s journey towards a healthier lifestyle through eating nothing but traditional, authentic Japanese cooking for 12 weeks.

The Pickle Recipe, USA (World Premiere)
Section: Independent, Screen Cuisine
Directed by Michael Manasseri
Cast: Jon Dore, Lynn Cohen, David Paymer, Eric Edelstein
Desperate for cash, a down-on-his-luck party emcee is corrupted by his shameless uncle to steal his grandmother’s top secret pickle recipe.

Stereotypically You, USA (World Premiere)
Section: Independent
Directed by Benjamin Cox
Cast: Aaron Tveit, Abby Elliott, Lauren Miller, Kal Penn, Shane McRae, Kelen Coleman, Annaleigh Ashford, Lewis Black, Chris Elliott
This NYC dating comedy follows one man, who quit his job and his girlfriend in the same day, in his hallucination-fueled, post-breakup quest to find new love…and himself.

Vinyl Generation, Czech Republic/USA (World Premiere)
Section: Social Justice
Directed by Keith Jones
Featuring: Otto M. Urban, Ondřej Šturma
In 1980s Czechoslovakia an emerging generation took inspiration from alternative culture to create their own worldview, politics, and eventually, a revolution.

Wheels Over Paradise, USA (World Premiere)
Section: Above and Beyond
Directed by Paul Mathieu
Featuring: Thomas Flinchbaugh
Skateboarders battle negative public perception and a recent ban on the sport while pushing their limits on the dramatic and dangerous mountain roads above Santa Barbara, California.

Who’s Driving Doug, USA (World Premiere)
Section: Independent
Directed by David Conley
Cast: RJ Mitte, Paloma Kwiatkowski, Daphne Zuniga, Ray William Johnson
In this coming-of-age drama, a sheltered wheelchair-bound college student changes his life when he goes on a spontaneous road trip where drugs, gambling, and romance await.

U.S. PREMIERES

10 Billion: What’s On Your Plate?, Germany (U.S. Premiere)
Section: Screen Cuisine, Social Justice
Directed by Valentin Thurn
Featuring: Valentin Thurn
Given our limited resources, how can we meet every person’s need for healthy food? With almost 10 billion humans on Earth by 2050, we must decide now how to shape the future of agriculture.

25 April, New Zealand (U.S. Premiere)
Section: International
Directed by Leanne Pooley
Cast: Fraser Brown, Andrew Grainger, Chelsie Preston-Crayford, Gareth Reeves, Tainui Tukiwaho, Matt Whelan
In this animated documentary, the tragic 1915 Gallipoli Campaign of WWI is told through the letters and diaries of six New Zealanders who were involved.

A los 40, Peru (U.S. Premiere)
Section: Spanish/Latin America
Directed by Bruno Ascenzo
Cast: Carlos Alcántara, Carlos Carlín, Katia Condos, Lali Espósito, Gianella Neyra, Wendy Ramos, Johanna San Miguel, Stefano Salvini, Gabriela Velasquez
A group of friends face their past, present, and future at a twenty-fifth school reunion that leads them to wonder where their lives are heading.

A Matter of Time, Canada (U.S. Premiere)
Section: Documentary
Directed by Casey Cohen
Featuring: Kathryn Calder, Blaine Thurier, Brooke Gallupe, Carl Newman
The story of Kathryn Calder (of The New Pornographers) and her mother’s battle with ALS.

Against Your Will, Israel (U.S. Premiere)
Section: Social Justice, Kolnoa
Directed by Assaf Banitt
Cast: Gilles Alexandre, Esther Alexandre
Gilles and Esther Alexandre struggle with the loss of two sons to suicide and launch a public campaign to reshape Jewish Orthodoxy’s discourse on suicide.

Alena, Sweden (U.S. Premiere)
Section: International, Nordic
Directed by Daniel di Grado
Cast: Amalia Holm, Molly Nutley, Felice Jankell, Rebecka Nyman, Fanny Klefelt
When Alena arrives at her new elite boarding school, Filippa and the other girls start to harass her. But Alena’s best friend Josefin won’t let her take anymore beating. If she won’t strike back, Josefin will do it for her. Hard.

Amerika, Czech Republic (U.S. Premiere)
Section: Documentary
Directed by Jan Foukal
Featuring: Jan Foukal, Barbara Adler
AMERIKA tells the story of the Czech men and women who, in search of a “better and freer world,” adopted the lifestyle and music of the American Wild West.

Arabic Movie, Israel (U.S. Premiere)
Section: Kolnoa
Directed by Eyal Sagui Bezawe and Sara Tsifroni
This film traces how Israelis became devoted fans of Egyptian movies during a time of hostility between the two countries in the 1970s through the Friday night “Arab Film” mania.

The Assistant (La volante), France/Belgium (U.S. Premiere)
Section: Noir
Directed by Christophe Ali and Nicolas Bonilauri
Cast: Nathalie Baye, Malik Zidi, Jean-Stan Du Pac, Johan Leysen, Sabrina Seyvecou, Pierre-Alain Chapuis, Hervé Sogne, Aïssatou Diop
As he is driving his wife to the maternity ward, Thomas runs over and kills a young man. Nine years later, the boy’s mother becomes Thomas’s assistant, and she begins to exact her revenge.

Chucks, Austria (U.S. Premiere)
Section: International
Directed by Sabine Hiebler and Gerhard Ertl
Cast: Anna Posch, Markus Subramaniam, Thomas Schubert, Steffi Reinsperger, Susi Stach, Lola Khittl
Mae roams the streets of Vienna as a punk, only interested in extreme experiences. When sent to an AIDS center for community service, she meets and falls in love with an AIDS patient.

The Culpable (Verfehlung), Germany (U.S. Premiere)
Section: International
Directed by Gerd Schneider
Cast: Sebastian Blomberg, Kai Schumann, Jan Messutat
THE CULPABLE tells a story about the controversial behaviour of the Catholic Church, examining friendship, responsibility, faith, betrayal.

The Dark Side of the Ocean, USA (U.S. Premiere)
Section: Santa Barbara Features, Reel Nature
Directed by Rick Rosenthal
Billions of bizarre and beautiful animals migrate from the ocean’s depths to its surface each night. This documentary reveals this rarely seen world of exceptional beauty.

Dream Land, USA/Cambodia (U.S. Premiere)
Section: International
Directed by Steve Chen
Cast: Lida Duch, Hak Kim, Sokun Nhem, Sambath Sem, Kanitha Tith
In the metropolis of Phnom Penh, Lida sells modern real estate developments. With her relationship deteriorating, she escapes to the beach, but finds that specters from the past haunt in beautiful ways.

Early Winter, Canada (U.S. Premiere)
Section: Independent
Directed by Michael Rowe
Cast: Suzanne Clément, Ambrosio De Luca, Paul Doucet
David, a man in his forties, who has sacrificed his life to his wife and kids fights to keep them close to him.

Eva Doesn’t Sleep (Eva no duerme), Argentina/Spain/France (U.S. Premiere)
Section: Spanish/Latin America
Directed by: Pablo Agüero
Cast: Gael García Bernal, Denis Lavant, Imanol Arias
The embalmed corpse of Eva Peron is taken to various cities throughout Europe before returning to her home in Argentina, where it is ultimately abducted.

The Final Lesson, France (U.S. Premiere)
Section: International
Directed by Pascale Pouzadoux
Cast: Marthe Villalonga, Sandrine Bonnaire, Antoine Duléry, Gilles Cohen, Grégoire Montana, Sabine Pakora, Jonas Dinal
Ninety-two-year-old Madeleine has decided to set the date and the conditions for her demise, but to her family it is a shock, and conflicts ignite.

Guaraní, Argentina/Paraguay (U.S. Premiere)
Section: Spanish/Latin America
Directed by Luis Zorraquín
Cast: Emilio Barreto, Jazmin Bogarín, Hebe Duarte
Desperate to pass on his cultural heritage to the next generation, Atilio goes on a long journey to convince his daughter to give birth to his grandchild on Guaraní land.

Hotline, Israel/France (U.S. Premiere)
Section: Social Justice, Kolnoa
Directed by Silvina Landsmann
HOTLINE gets to the heart of the small-scale NGO Hotline for Refugees and Migrants in Tel Aviv that deals with enormous issues as well as an enormous number of people seeking help.

I Eat, Therefore I Am, South Korea (U.S. Premiere)
Section: Screen Cuisine
Directed by Cheol-ha Lee
Cast: Young-mi An, Min-woo Nho
In her journey in achieving her dream to become a writer, despite the desperation and challenges, Yoo Yang never misses a meal. This isn’t a story about food, but about the people who eat.

Isla Bonita, Spain (U.S. Premiere)
Section: Spanish/Latin America
Directed by Fernando Colomo
Cast: Olivia Delcan, Fernando Colomo, Nuria Román, Miguel Ángel Furones, Lilian Caro, Tim Betterman, Lluís Marquès
In Menorca, a man stays at the guesthouse of a female sculptor and her daughter and interacts with both of them in this charming, wonderfully cheerful comedy full of misunderstandings.

Knight of Cups, USA (U.S. Premiere)
Section: Centerpiece Film
Directed by Terrence Malick
Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Brian Dennehy. Antonio Banderas, Freida Pinto, Wes Bentley, Isabel Lucas, Teresa Palmer, Imogen Poots
A screenwriter living in LA tries to make sense of the strange events occurring around him.

Koza, Slovakia/Czech Republic (U.S. Premiere)
Section: International
Directed by Ivan Ostrochovský
Cast: Peter Baláž, Zvonko Lakčević, Ján Franek, Stanislava Bongilajová, Nikola Bongilajová, Tatiana Piussi
This subtle fusion of documentary and fiction follows a young Roma boxer as he embarks on a tragicomic return to the ring in order to pay for his girlfriend’s abortion.

Lazar, Republic of Macedonia (U.S. Premiere)
Section: International, Noir
Directed by Svetozar Ristovski
Cast: Vedran Živolić, Goran Navojec, Dejan Lilik, Nataša Petrović, Vlado Jovanovski, Toni Mihajlovski, Krasimira Kuzmanova, Aleksandar Sano, Aleksandra Balmazovič
While smuggling immigrants into Europe, Lazar will face an impossible choice.

The Little Prince, France (U.S. Premiere)
Section: Opening Night Film
Directed by Mark Osborne
Cast: Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Benicio Del Toro, Ricky Gervais, Bud Cort, Paul Giamatti, Riley Osborne, Albert Brooks
A little girl lives in a very grown-up world with her mother, who tries to make sure she is prepared for it. Her neighbor The Aviator, introduces the girl to an extraordinary world where anything is possible, the world of The Little Prince.

Mad Dogs, Brazil (U.S. Premiere)
Section: Above and Beyond
Directed by Roberto Studart
Three pioneer surfers have risked their lives for years to prove to the world it was possible to paddle surf in Jaws, the world’s largest and heaviest wave, retiring Laird Hamilton and the entire “tow in” gang.

Making an Ancient Forest, Austria (U.S. Premiere)
Section: Reel Nature
Directed by Rita Schlamberger
Cast: Andrew Solomon (narrator)
Unmanaged for over a quarter of a century, the forests of the Kalkalpen National Park have relied on natural dynamics–luring the lynx to return “home” after 115 years of absence.

Midnight Return, USA/UK/Turkey (U.S. Premiere)
Section: Global Hollywood
Directed by Sally Sussman Morina
Featuring: Billy Hayes, Alan Parker, Oliver Stone, Giorgio Moroder
Join Billy Hayes on a daring journey as he returns to Turkey thirty years after his escape from prison and faces the country still haunted by the film based on his life, MIDNIGHT EXPRESS.

The Midwife (Kätilö), Finland (U.S. Premiere)
Section: Nordic
Directed by Antti J. Jokinen
Cast: Krista Kosonen, Lauri Tilkanen, Pirkka-Pekka Petelius, Leea Klemola, Seppo Pääkkönen, Elina Knihtilä, Tommi Korpela, Johannes Brotherus
Based on a novel by Katja Kettu, a Finnish midwife falls in love with a German soldier during The Lapland War in the aftermath of WW2.

Modris, Latvia/Germany (U.S. Premiere)
Section: International
Directed by Juris Kursieti
Cast: Kristers Pikša, Rezija Kalnina
In this tough but compassionate coming-of-age drama, a Latvian teenager with a serious gambling addiction sets out to find his long-lost father.

Monitor, Italy (U.S. Premiere)
Section: International
Directed by Alessio Lauria
Cast: Michele Alhaique, Valeria Bilello, Riccardo De Filippis, Davide Grillo, Caterina E. Capodilista, Ettore Nicoletti, Claudio Gioè
In an alternate present, Paolo’s job is to anonymously counsel the employees of his company–but an employee’s suicide attempt might call into question his life as he knows it.

Oyster Factory (Kaki kouba), Japan (U.S. Premiere)
Section: Documentary, Screen Cuisine
Directed by Kazuhiro Sôda
Featuring: Shinsuke Hirano, Koichi Watanabe, Yukiko Watanabe
This documentary observes the rich and complex world of small oyster factories, closely following fishermen’s and workers’ daily lives as they face gradual, inevitable changes.

Payback, Brazil (U.S. Premiere)
Section: Spanish/Latin America
Directed by André Moraes
Cast: Deborah Secco, Lúcio Mauro Filho, Júlio Andrade, Bruno Torres, Ana Carolina Machado, Marcos Veras, Tadeu Mello, Tonico Pereira, Thogun, João Guilherme Ávila
A film director meets his old team to make a “road movie.” With no money, they will have to scam in order to make the production possible while at the same time plotting revenge.

Pikadero, Spain/UK (U.S. Premiere)
Section: Spanish/Latin America
Directed by Ben Sharrock
Cast: Bárbara Goenaga, Joseba Usabiaga, Lander Otaola, Zorion Eguileor, Itziar Lazkano, Peio Arnaez
A quirky take on a young couple’s ability to nurture their relationship in the context of an economic crisis.

She Walks (La marcheuse), France (U.S. Premiere)
Section: International
Directed by Naël Marandin
Cast: Yannick Choirat, Lan Qui, Louise Chen
Lin Daiyu, an illegal Chinese immigrant is a prostitute living on the streets of Belleville with her teenage daughter. Their life changes when one night when a wounded stranger brutally breaks into their home.

Showroom, Argentina (U.S. Premiere)
Section: Spanish/Latin America
Directed by Fernando Molnar
Cast: Diego Peretti, Roberto Catarineu, Andrea Garrote, Pablo Seijo
Without work, Diego has a single goal: to live in the capital again. He becomes a seller in the showroom of a new building, almost driven to madness living in a mock-up apartment.

Silent Heart (Stille hjerte), Denmark (U.S. Premiere)
Section: Nordic
Directed by Bille August
Cast: Ghita Nørby, Paprika Steen, Danica Curcic, Morten Grunwald, Jens Albinius, Pilou Asbæk, Vigga Bro, Oskar Sælan Halskov
A sick mother’s wish to die before her disease worsens gets harder to handle as old conflicts come to the surface.

Spear, Australia (U.S. Premiere)
Section: Independent, Cinematic Overtures
Directed by Stephen Page
Cast: Aaron Pedersen, Hunter Page-Lochard, Djakapurra Munyarryun
A young man reconciles ancient tradition with the modern, urban world in this debut feature from Stephen Page, artistic director of Australia’s renowned Bangarra Dance Theatre.

Standing on Water, Denmark (U.S. Premiere)
Section: Above and Beyond
Directed by Peter Alsted
Featuring: Casper Steinfath
In this story of overcoming fears and following passions, Casper Steinfath becomes the only Danish professional stand up paddle surfer and waterman–despite his fear of water.

Talión, Chile (U.S. Premiere)
Section: Spanish/Latin America
Directed by Martín Tuta
Cast: Viviana Rodríguez, Tiago Correa, Ramon González, Manolo Cruz
A masked vigilante deals out punishment for pedophiles and a journalist is determined to uncover the truth behind the mask–leading her to doubt whether she is on the right side.

Too Close to Our Son, France (U.S. Premiere)
Section: Noir
Directed by Yves Angelo
Cast: Sylvie Testud, Gregory Gadebois, Mathilde Bisson, Zacharie Chasseriaud
The biological mother of an adopted teen feuds with his adoptive mother–a magistrate investigating a case involving her–and begins an affair with his adoptive father.

The Translator (Il traduttore), Italy (U.S. Premiere)
Section: International
Directed by Massimo Natale
Cast: Claudia Gerini, Kamil Kula, Silvia Delfino, Anna Safroncik, Marcello Mazzarella
When Andrei’s tutor puts him in touch with someone who wants to translate the diary of her German husband who died, Andrei is thrown into a world he did not dare to dream.

Un-Wished (Nakhaste), Iran (U.S. Premiere)
Section: International
Directed by Borzu Niknejad
Cast: Mehrdad Sedighian, Elnaz Habibi, Mahtab Keramati, Farhad Ghaemian, Setareh Eskandari, Seyed Mohamad Seyedzadeh
As a young woman and her brother travel in a taxi to their hometown five hours from Tehran, we learn that the young woman has rejected an older man’s offer for marriage, which results in a series of unexpected situations.

Ville-Marie, Canada (U.S. Premiere)
Section: International
Directed by Guy Édoin
Cast: Monica Bellucci, Pascale Bussières, Aliocha Schneider, Patrick Hivon, Louis Champagne, Frédéric Gilles, Stéphanie Labbé
An actress tries to mend ties with her estranged son, but after an unexpected tragedy, their lives intersect with those of an ambulance driver and a nurse–and all four lives are changed.

Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt, Israel/Canada (U.S. Premiere)
Section: Documentary
Directed by Ada Ushpiz
A documentary about Hannah Arendt, one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century, who coined the controversial phrase “The Banality of Evil.” With an abundance of archival materials, Arendt’s insights into the nature of evil, totalitarianism, ideologies, and the perils faced by refugees are more relevant than ever.

Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robbie Basho, United Kingdom (U.S. Premiere)
Section: Documentary
Directed by Liam Barker
Featuring: Will Ackerman, Liam Barker, Robbie Basho, Pete Townshend
A documentary on the extraordinary life and visionary music of the American guitarist and singer Robbie Basho.

Wild Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka (U.S. Premiere)
Section: Reel Nature
Directed by Mike Birkhead and Joe Loncraine
Sri Lanka is smaller than the state of West Virginia, yet it’s one of the most biologically diverse places on the planet. This documentary explores the land of the largest mammal on earth, the blue whale, to the smallest, the etrusan shrew, and discovers how Sri Lanka has always been ruled by one unstoppable force: water.

You Carry Me (Ti mene nosis), Croatia/Slovenia/Serbia/Montenegro (U.S. Premiere)
Section: International
Directed by Ivona Juka
Cast: Helena Beljan,Lana Barić, Nataša Dorčić, Vojislav Brajović, Filip Križan, Goran Hajduković, Juraj Dabić, Nataša Janjić, Sebastian Cavazza
Three daughters battle for acceptance, redemption and new opportunities, as they are living plots more intricate than the soap opera interconnecting them.

FEATURES

A Decent Man (Nichts passiert), Switzerland
Section: Noir
Directed by Micha Lewinsky
Cast: Devid Striesow, Maren Eggert, Annina Walt, Lotte Becker, Max Hubacher, Beat Marti, Oriana Schrage, Therese Affolter, Stéphane Maeder

A War (Krigen), Denmark
Section: Nordic, Special Presentations
Directed by Tobias Lindholm
Cast: Pilou Asbæk, Tuva Novotny, Dar Salim, Søren Malling, Charlotte Munck, Alex Høgh Andersen, Dulfi Al-Jabouri, Jakob Frølun, Phillip Sem Dambæk

An Unexpected History: The Story of Hennessy and African Americans, USA
Section: Screen Cuisine
Directed by Llewellyn Smith
Featuring: Jason P. Chambers, PhD, Herbert P. Douglas Jr., Noel Hankin, Rhonda McDonald, Rodney Williams

Be Here Now (The Andy Whitfield Story), USA/Australia
Section: Global Hollywood
Directed by Lilibet Foster
Featuring: Andy Whitfield, Vashti Whitfield

Blush, Israel
Section: Kolnoa
Directed by Michal Vinik
Cast: Sivan Noam Shimon, Jade Sakori, Dvir Benedek, Irit Pashtan, Bar Ben Vakil

Body (Cialo), Poland
Section: Special Presentations
Directed by Malgorzata Szumowska
Cast: Janusz Gajos, Maja Ostaszewska, Justyna Suwala

The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament), Belgium/France/Luxembourg
Section: Special Presentations
Directed by Jaco Van Dormael
Cast: Benoît Poelvoorde, Yolande Moreau, Catherine Deneuve, François Damiens, Pili Groyne

The Champions, USA
Section: Social Justice
Directed by Darcy Dennett
Featuring: Susan Weidel, Rebecca J. Huss, Donna Reynolds, Tim Racer, Nicole Rattay

City of Gold, USA
Section: Screen Cuisine
Directed by Laura Gabbert
Featuring: Jonathan Gold, Allen Salkin

The Clan (El clan), Argentina/Spain
Section: Spanish/Latin America
Directed by Pablo Trapero
Cast: Guillermo Francella, Peter Lanzani

Cooking Up A Tribute, Spain
Section: Screen Cuisine
Directed by Luis González and Andrea Gómez
Featuring: Joan Roca, Josep Roca, Jordi Roca

Embrace of the Serpent (El abrazo de la serpiente), Colombia/Venezuela/Argentina
Section: Special Presentations, Spanish/Latin America
Directed by Ciro Guerra
Cast: Nilbio Torres, Jan Bijvoet, Antonio Bolivar, Brionne Davis, Yauenkü Migue, Nicolás Cancino, Luigi Sciamanna

The Fencer, Finland/Estonia
Section: Nordic, Special Presentations
Directed by Klaus Härö
Cast: Märt Avandi, Ursula Ratasepp, Liisa Koppel, Lembit Ulfsak

Fire Birds, Israel
Section: Kolnoa, Noir
Directed by Amir I. Wolf
Cast: Oded Teomi, Gila Almagor, Devora Keidar, Miriam Zohar, Amnon Wolf

Golan: A Farewell to Mr. Cinema, UK/Israel
Section: Kolnoa, Global Hollywood
Directed by Christopher Sykes
Cast: Menahem Golan, Christopher Sykes, Naomi Golan

The Good Dinosaur, USA
Section: Applebox (Free Screening)
Directed by Peter Sohn
Cast: Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Marcus Scribner, Raymond Ochoa, Jack Bright, Steve Zahn, AJ Buckley, Anna Pacquin, Sam Elliott

Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story, USA
Section: Global Hollywood
Directed by Daniel Raim
Featuring: Lillian Michelson, Harold Michelson, Danny DeVito, Mel Brooks, Francis Ford Coppola

The High Sun (Zvizdan), Croatia/Serbia/Slovenia
Section: Special Presentations
Directed by Dalibor Matanić
Cast: Tihana Lazovic, Goran Markovic, Nives Ivankovic, Dado Cosic, Stipe Radoja, Trpimir Jurkic, Mira Banja, Slavko Sobin

Home Care, Czech Republic/Slovakia
Section: Special Presentations
Directed by Slávek Horák
Cast: Alena Mihulová, Boleslav Polívka, Tatiana Vilhelmová

Huntwatch, USA
Section: Social Justice/Reel Nature
Directed by Brant Backlund
Featuring: Ryan Reynolds (narrator)

Inside Out, USA
Section: Applebox (Free Screening)
Directed by Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen
Cast: Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Richard Kind, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Kaitlyn Dias, Diane Lane, Kyle MacLachlan

It Had To Be You, USA
Section: Independent
Directed by Sasha Gordon
Cast: Cristin Milioti, Dan Soder, Halley Feiffer, Mark Gessner, Kyle Mooney, Kate Simses, Erica Sweany, Nick Mennell, Danny DeFerrari, Rachel York

King Georges, USA
Section: Screen Cuisine
Directed by Erika Frankel
Featuring: Georges Perrier, Nicholas Emi, Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, Eric Ripert, Ed Rendell

Lamb, Ethiopia/France/Germany/Norway/Qatar
Section: Special Presentations
Directed by Yared Zeleke
Cast: Rediat Amare, Kidist Siyum, Welela Assefa, Surafel Teka, Rahel Teshome, Indris Mohamed

The Look of Silence, Denmark/Indonesia/Finland/Norway/UK
Section: Special Presentations
Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer

Louder Than Bombs, Norway/France/Denmark
Section: Special Presentations
Directed by Joachim Trier
Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Gabriel Byrne, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Ryan, Devin Druid, David Strathairn, Rachel Brosnahan, Ruby Jerins, Megan Ketch

Ma Ma, Spain
Section: Spanish/Latin America
Directed by Julio Medem
Cast: Penélope Cruz, Luis Tosar, Asier Etxeandia

Mammal, Ireland/Netherlands/Luxembourg
Section: Independent
Directed by Rebecca Daly
Cast: Rachel Griffiths, Barry Keoghan, Michael McElhatton, Gintare Parulyte, Larisa Faber, Janine Horsburgh, Sam Steen

Marguerite, France
Section: Closing Night Film
Directed by Xavier Giannoli
Cast: Catherine Frot, André Marcon, Michel Fau

Minions, USA
Section: Applebox (Free Screening)
Directed by Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Steve Coogan, Jennifer Saunders, Geoffrey Rush, Steve Carell, Pierre Coffin

The Missing Ingredient, Canada/USA
Section: Screen Cuisine
Directed by Michael Sparaga
Featuring: Gael Greene, John Pizzarelli, Alfred Portale, Daniel Glass

Mr. Six (Lao pao er), China
Section: Noir
Directed by Hu Guan
Cast: Ju-Gang Bai, Xiaogang Feng, Shan Jiang

Mustang, Turkey/France/Germany/Qatar
Section: Special Presentations
Directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Cast: Güneş Şensoy, Doğa Doğuşlu, Tuğba Sunguroğlu, Elit İşcan, İlayda Akdoğan, Ayberk Pekcan, Nihal Koldaş

My Golden Days (Trois souvenirs de ma jeunesse), France
Section: Special Presentations
Directed by Arnaud Desplechin
Cast: Quentin Dolmaire, Lou Roy-Lecollinet, Mathieu Amalric

One More Time, USA
Section: Cinematic Overtures
Directed by Robert Edwards
Cast: Christopher Walken, Amber Heard, Kelli Garner, Hamish Linklater, Ann Magnuson, Oliver Platt, Henry Kelemen, Kelli Garner

Parched, India/USA/UK
Section: International
Directed by Leena Yadav
Cast: Tannishtha Chatterjee, Radhika Apte, Surveen Chawla, Adil Hussain, Lehar Khan, Riddhi Sen, Mahesh Balraj, Chandan Anand

The Peanuts Movie, USA
Section: Applebox (Free Screening)
Directed by Steve Martino
Cast: Noah Schnapp, Bill Melendez, Hadley Belle Miller, Mariel Sheets, Anastasia Bredikhina, Noah Johnston, Rebecca Bloom, Mar Mar, William Wunsch

Projections of America, USA
Section: Global Hollywood
Directed by Peter Miller
Featuring: John Lithgow (narrator), Victoria Riskin, Robert Riskin Jr., Susan Riskin, David Rintels, Kenneth Turan, Ian Scott, Cecile Starr, Marja Roholl

Rebel Citizen, USA
Section: Social Justice/Global Hollywood
Directed by Pamela Yates
Featuring: Haskell Wexler

Remember, Germany/Canada
Section: Special Presentations
Directed by Atom Egoyan
Cast: Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau, Dean Norris, Bruno Ganz, Jurgen Prochnow, Heinz Lieven

Rendez-vous, Netherlands
Section: Noir
Directed by Antoinette Beumer
Cast: Pierre Boulanger, Mark van Eeuwen, Loes Haverkort, Peter Paul Muller, Jennifer Hoffman, Eva Duijvestein

Resilience, USA
Section: Social Justice
Directed by James Redford
Featuring: Nadine Burke Harris, Robert Anda, Jack Shonkoff, Laura Lawrence, David Johnson, Victor Carrion

Son of Saul, Hungary
Section: Special Presentations
Directed by László Nemes
Cast: Géza Röhrig, Levente Molnar, Urs Rechn, Todd Charmont, Sándor Zsoter, Marcin Czarnik

Sparrows (Þrestir), Iceland/Denmark/Croatia
Section: Nordic
Directed by Rúnar Rúnarsson
Cast: Atli Óskar Fjalarsson, Ingvar E. Sigurðsson, Kristbjörg Kjeld, Rade Šerbedžija, Rakel Björk Björnsdóttir

Speed Sisters, USA/Palestine
Section: Documentary
Directed by Amber Fares
Featuring: Marah Zahalka, Betty Saadeh, Maysoon Jayyusi, Noor Daoud, Mona Ennab

Sunset Song, UK/Luxembourg
Section: Special Presentations
Directed by Terence Davies
Cast: Agyness Deyn, Peter Mullan, Kevin Guthrie

The Surprise, Netherlands/Belgium/Germany/Ireland
Section: International
Directed by Mike van Diem
Cast: Jeroen van Koningsbrugge, Georgina Verbaan, Jan Decleir, Henry Goodman

Thank You for Your Service, USA
Section: Social Justice
Directed by Tom Donahue
Featuring: Mark Russell, Mike Mullen, Robert Gates, David Petraeus, Loree Sutton, Sebastian Junger, Nicholas Kristof, Dexter Filkins, Patty Murray

The Violin Teacher (Heliopolis), Brazil
Section: Spanish/Latin America, Cinematic Overtures
Directed by Sérgio Machado
Cast: Elzio Vieira, Fernanda de Freitas, Lázaro Ramos, Sandra Corveloni, Kaique Jesus

Virgin Mountain, Iceland/Denmark
Section: Nordic
Directed by Dagur Kári
Cast: Gunnar Jónsson, Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir, Sigurjón Kjartansson, Franziska Una Dagsdóttir, Margrét Helga Jóhannsdóttir, Arnar Jónsson, Thórir Saemundsson

Viva, Cuba/Ireland
Section: Special Presentations
Directed by Paddy Breathnach
Cast: Héctor Medina, Jorge Perugorría, Luis Alberto García

The Wait (L’Attesa), Italy
Section: Special Presentations
Directed by Piero Messina
Cast: Juliette Binoche, Lou De Laâge, Giorgio Colangeli

Walking Distance, Mexico
Section: Spanish/Latin America
Directed by Alejandro Guzmán Alvarez
Cast: Luca Ortega, Mauricio Issac, Joel Figueroa, Martha Claudia Moreno

The Wave (Bølgen), Norway
Section: Nordic
Directed by Roar Uthaug
Cast: Kristoffer Joner, Ane Dahl Torp, Jonas Hoff Oftebro

We Monsters (Wir monster), Germany
Section: Noir
Directed by Sebastian Ko
Cast: Mehdi Nebbou, Ulrike C. Tscharre, Janina Fautz, Ronald Kukulies, Britta Hammelstein, Marie Bendig, Daniel Drewes

Wedding Doll, Israel
Section: Kolnoa
Directed by Nitzan Gilady
Cast: Asi Levi, Moran Rosenblatt, Roy Assaf, Arie Tcherner, Aviva Ger, Oded Leopold, Udi Persi, Yehuda Nehari

2016 SHORT FILM SECTIONS

ANIMATED SHORTS
COMEDIC SHORTS
DRAMATIC SHORTS
GLOBAL HOLLYWOOD DOCUMENTARY SHORTS
INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY SHORTS
IRISH ANIMATED SHORTS
SANTA BARBARA SHORTS
SANTA BARBARA DOCUMENTARY SHORTS
SCREEN CUISINE SHORTS
SURFING SOUTH AMERICA: DOCUMENTARY SHORTS
US DOCUMENTARY SHORTS

2016 SHORTS

1916, Ireland
Section: Irish Animated Shorts
Directed by Patrick O’Callaghan
Cast: Willie McNeive, Peter McDonald

A Coat Made Dark, Ireland
Section: Irish Animated Shorts
Directed by Jack O’Shea
Cast: Hugh O’Connor, Declan Conlon, Antonia Campbell Hughes

A Filmmaker’s Odyssey, USA/Jamaica (U.S. Premiere)
Section: Global Hollywood Documentary Shorts
Directed by David Garonzik and Arthur Gorson
Featuring: Perry Henzell, David Garonzik, Justine Henzell, Wayne Jobson (narrator)

Accidents, Blunders and Calamities, New Zealand (World Premiere)
Section: Animated Shorts
Directed by James Cunningham
Cast: Ryan Mullany, Phillip Greeves, Finn O’Leary, Janet Kidd, Simon Nunns

Alzheimer’s: A Love Story, USA
Section: US Documentary Shorts
Directed by Amanda Le, Monica Petruzzelli, Gabe Schimmel, Riani Singgih
Featuring: Michael Horvich, Gregory Maire

Anchored, USA (U.S. Premiere)
Section: Santa Barbara Documentary Shorts
Directed by Rodrigo Oyanedel
Featuring: Hunter Lenihan, Spencer Middleton, Arlo Bender-Simon, Rodrigo Oyanedel (narrator), Miguel Gomez (narrator)

Bacon & God’s Wrath, Canada
Section: Screen Cuisine Shorts
Directed by Sol Friedman
Featuring: Razie Brownstone

Behind Closed Doors, USA (World Premiere)
Section: Santa Barbara Shorts
Directed by Michele Ly
Cast: Marshall McCabe, Ivy Vahanian, Cory David

Best Mates, Australia (World Premiere)
Section: Comedic Shorts
Directed by Benedict Wall
Cast: Benedict Wall, Tai Hara, Jessica Grace Smith

Boy Niño, USA (World Premiere)
Section: Santa Barbara Shorts
Directed by Tucker Ford and Connor McCurdy
Cast: Demetris Hartman, Allen Negrete, Bryce Owen, James Phillips

Breakthrough: The Snowy Plover and the Oil Spill, USA (World Premiere)
Section: Santa Barbara Documentary Shorts
Directed by Michael Love
Featuring: Cristina Sandoval, Helene Schneider

Brothers, USA (World Premiere)
Section: Santa Barbara Shorts
Directed by Adam Stumle
Cast: Daniel Quijas, Arthur Balyan, Cody Medler, Jimmy Waern, Joakim Leopold

Chapa (The Grill Man), Brazil
Section: Screen Cuisine Shorts
Directed by Fabio Montanari
Cast: Francisco Gaspar, Antônio Destro, Joice Jane Teixeira, Felipe Reis

Chelleh, Iran (U.S. Premiere)
Section: Dramatic Shorts
Directed by Davood Khayyam
Cast: Ali Barghi, Parisa Rezayi, Mohammad Amir Khosro Abadi, Hoda Noorizadeh

Coda, Ireland
Section: Irish Animated Shorts
Directed by Alan Holly
Cast: Brian Gleeson, Orla Fitzgerald, Donie Ryan, Joseph Dermody

Continuous Excavation, Italy/USA (World Premiere)
Section: International Documentary Shorts
Directed by Nick Manley

The Crossing, USA
Section: US Documentary Shorts
Directed by Kadri Koop

Cuddle Party, USA (World Premiere)
Section: Comedic Shorts
Directed by Matthew Irving Epstein
Cast: Michaela Watkins, Rob Huebel, Yvette Nicole Brown

Daisy Chain, Australia (World Premiere)
Section: Animated Shorts
Directed by Galvin Scott Davis
Featuring: Kate Winslet (narrator)

Deadly, Ireland
Section: Irish Animated Shorts
Directed by Aidan McAteer
Cast: Brenda Fricker, Peter Coonan

Did You Hear About Her Dad?, Ireland
Section: Irish Animated Shorts
Directed by Jessica Patterson

Double Barrel, Australia (U.S. Premiere)
Section: Surfing South America: Documentary Shorts
Directed by Angie Davis and Dustin Hollick
Featuring: Angie Davis, Harold Koechlin

The Duke: Based on the Memoir “I’m The Duke” by J.P. Duke, USA (World Premiere)
Section: Santa Barbara Shorts
Directed by Max Barbakow
Cast: LaMonica Garrett, Catherine Urbanek, Jeff Marlow, Amy Goddard

Eat White Dirt, USA
Section: Screen Cuisine Shorts
Directed by Adam Forrester
Featuring: Tammy Wright, William Rawlings, Mamie Lee Hillman, Sera Young

Eva Haller: A Work in Progress, USA (World Premiere)
Section: Santa Barbara Documentary Shorts
Directed by Jeanne Meyers
Featuring: Eva Haller

Eyes Open, USA (World Premiere)
Section: Santa Barbara Shorts
Directed by T.S. Meeks
Cast: Megan Messmer, T.S. Meeks, Jessica Belkin

The Fisherman’s Son, USA/Chile
Section: Surfing South America: Documentary Shorts
Directed by Chris Malloy
Featuring: Ramón Navarro, Kelly Slater

Follow Your Heart, USA (World Premiere)
Section: Animated Shorts
Directed by Rob O’Neill

Free To Laugh, USA (World Premiere)
Section: US Documentary Shorts
Directed by Lara Everly

Go Glean, USA (U.S. Premiere)
Section: Santa Barbara Documentary Shorts
Directed by Brendan Byrne
Featuring: Chuck Asmus, Ken Hiltner, Neal Macdougal, Tom Ikeda, Andrea Chavez, Jeanine Lacore, Alexa Senter, David Cleveland

Goodnight Sweetheart, Australia (U.S. Premiere)
Section: Comedic Shorts
Directed by Bec Peniston-Bird
Cast: Gillian Jones, Jack Charles, Damian Walshe-Howling, Emily Wheaton

Graffiti, Spain (U.S. Premiere)
Section: Dramatic Shorts
Directed by Lluis Quilez
Cast: Oriol Pla

Hobart, Hungary (U.S. Premiere)
Section: Animated Shorts
Directed by Hajnalka Harsanyi

The House Is Innocent, USA
Section: US Documentary Shorts
Directed by Nicholas Coles
Featuring: John Cabrera, Barbara Holmes, Tom Williams

How to Survive a Breakup, USA
Section: Comedic Shorts
Directed by Deena Adar, Kai Collins
Cast: Bre Blair, Ryan Gaul, Adam Herschman, Amir Talai, Chinedu Unaka, Daniel Kash

I Am Walker, Finland (World Premiere)
Section: Global Hollywood Documentary Shorts
Directed by Arthur Franck
Cast: Andrew Krasne

If You’re Underwater, USA (World Premiere)
Section: Santa Barbara Shorts
Directed by Benjamin Goalabré
Cast: Scott Puckett, Monique Rosario

Je Suis Un Crayon (I Am a Pencil), France/Denmark/Australia (US Premiere)
Section: Animated Shorts
Directed by Joe D’arcy
Cast: Carol D’Arcy, Pierre Maubouche

John, USA
Section: Santa Barbara Documentary Shorts
Directed by Lara Firestone
Featuring: John Bramblitt

Just a Song, USA (World Premiere)
Section: Comedic Shorts
Directed by Gina Hirsch
Cast: Greg Felden, Phoebe Neidhardt

Killer, USA
Section: Comedic Shorts
Directed by Matt Kazman
Cast: Hale Lytle

Last Door South, Belgium
Section: Animated Shorts
Directed by Sacha Feiner
Cast: Aaron Duqaine, Haruki Gamano

Lebanon Wins the World Cup, Lebanon/USA (U.S. Premiere)
Section: International Documentary Shorts
Directed by Tony ElKhoury and Anthony Lappé

Let’s Not Panic, USA
Section: Comedic Shorts
Directed by Heather Jack
Cast: Lyle Friedman, John Anderson, Doug Moe, Griffin Newman, Shacottha Fields, Alexis Pereira

Lift Off: Behind the Scenes of Launch Pad, USA (World Premiere)
Section: Santa Barbara Documentary Shorts
Directed by Christopher Jenkins

Lifeline, USA (World Premiere)
Section: Santa Barbara Documentary Shorts
Directed by Ian Mayta, Mariel Polifroni

The Loneliest Stoplight, USA
Section: Animated Shorts
Directed by Bill Plympton
Cast: Patton Oswalt, Jim Lujan

Lost in a Sense, USA (World Premiere)
Section: Santa Barbara Shorts
Directed by Andréa Fordham
Cast: Alex Schemmer, Melissa Carnell, Alexis del Vecchio, Andrea Bowling, Bill Oberst Jr., Brendan Robinson

Loud and Clear, USA (World Premiere)
Section: Santa Barbara Shorts
Directed by David Medina
Cast: Eddie Buck, David Morwick, Sara Stuckey, Amanda McDonough, Carolyn Matini

Love Me When I’m Down, USA (World Premiere)
Section: Santa Barbara Shorts
Directed by Kevin Tran
Cast: Jacob Halpren, Jess Magee

Madam Black, New Zealand
Section: Comedic Shorts
Directed by Ivan Barge
Cast: Jethro Skinner

Mama Agatha, Netherlands
Section: International Documentary Shorts
Directed by Fadi Hindash

The Many Sad Fates of Mr. Toledano, USA
Section: US Documentary Shorts
Directed by Joshua Seftel
Featuring: Phillip Toledano

Misfit / Landscape, USA (World Premiere)
Section: Global Hollywood Documentary Shorts
Directed by Kimberly Shively
Featuring: Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Montgomery Clift

Mr. Overton, USA (World Premiere)
Section: US Documentary Shorts
Directed by Matt Cooper
Featuring: Richard Overton

Nascent, USA/Central African Republic (World Premiere)
Section: International Documentary Shorts
Directed by Lindsay Branham and Jonathan Kasbe

Ode to Love, Ireland
Section: Irish Animated Shorts
Directed by Matthew Darragh

One Way: A Journey to This Moment, USA (World Premiere)
Section: Santa Barbara Documentary Shorts
Directed by Todd Hannigan
Featuring: Michelle Grinsel

Orange Art, USA (World Premiere)
Section: Santa Barbara Documentary Shorts
Directed by Hannah Jaffe
Featuring: Hannah Jaffe

The Orchestra, Australia
Section: Animated Shorts
Directed by Mikey Hill
Cast: John Power, Kate Cawley

Prestige Ingredients, France/USA (World Premiere)
Section: Screen Cuisine Shorts
Directed by Adrian Rubi-Dentzel, Danielle Rubi-Dentzel
Cast: Alia Shawkat, Pierre Jancou

The Red Witch, USA (U.S. Premiere)
Section: Santa Barbara Shorts
Directed by Aron Bothman
Cast: David Davis, Heather Ehlers, Kyler Spears, Sadie Schwolsky

Sandorkraut, USA
Section: Screen Cuisine Shorts
Directed by Ann Husaini, Emily Lobsenz
Featuring: Sandor Ellix Katz

Saving Sasquatch, USA (U.S. Premiere)
Section: Santa Barbara Documentary Shorts
Directed by Justin Minor and Alberto Lopez

Seide, Kyrgyzstan
Section: Dramatic Shorts
Directed by Elnura Osmonalieva
Cast: Kanat Abdrakhmanov, Razha Alieva, Kaliman Kalybek Kyzy, Stanbek Toichubaev

Skateboarding in Pine Ridge, USA
Section: Documentary Shorts
Directed by Greg Hunt
Featuring: Walt Pourier, Jeff Ament, Emily Earring, Brian Sherman, Jim Murphy, Marius Syvanen, Josh Matthews, Joey Pepper, Pat Moran, Jerry Mraz

Snowfall, Ireland
Section: Irish Animated Shorts
Directed by Conor Whelan

Somewhere Down the Line, Ireland
Section: Irish Animated Shorts
Directed by Julien Regnard
Cast: Niamh Moroney, Kevin Mooney, Nora Twomey, Michael McGrath

Sour Puss, Ireland
Section: Irish Animated Shorts
Directed by Emily Lynch

Soy Cubana, USA (World Premiere)
Section: International Documentary Shorts
Directed by Jeremy Ungar, Ivaylo Getov
Featuring: Koset Munoz Columbie, Ana Hernandez Rosillo, Maryoris Mena Faez, Annia Del Toro Leyva

Spearhunter, USA
Section: US Documentary Shorts
Directed by Adam Roffman, Luke Poling
Featuring: Joe English, Sharon Estes Henson, Gene Morris, Heather Jean Morris, Carlos Williams, Larry Wilson

The Story of Percival Pilts, Australia/New Zealand
Section: Animated Shorts
Directed by Janette Goodey, John Lewis
Cast: Mark Hadlow

Taking Flight, USA
Section: Animated Shorts
Directed by Brandon Oldenburg
Cast: Asher Blinkoff, Kevin Rahm, Ray Wise

Talgar the Hunter, UK/Kyrgyzstan
Section: Dramatic Shorts
Directed by Charlie Crane
Cast: Talgar Shaibyrov, Tumara Shaibyrov, Sary-Ata Satylganov, Kurmanbaeva Nurgal, Begizakov Kilichbek

Taste of Life, Iraq/USA/UK (World Premiere)
Section: Dramatic Shorts
Directed by Meedo Ali
Cast: Ahmed Majed

The Teacup, Ireland
Section: Irish Animated Shorts
Directed by Elif Boyacioglu
Cast: Alex McLennan (narrator), Padraig Kenny

Teen Press, USA
Section: Santa Barbara Documentary Shorts
Directed by T.C. Johnstone
Featuring: John Seigel Boettner, David Teton-Landis, James Franco, Jamie Foxx, Al Gore, Jennifer Lawrence, Gavin Newsom, Yvon Chouinard

Terrain, Ireland (World Premiere)
Section: Irish Animated Shorts
Directed by Suzanne Williams

Thank You, Surf Again, USA
Section: Surfing South America: Documentary Shorts
Directed by Frank Sun
Featuring: Chadd Konig, Holly Beck

Tommy and David, USA/Italy (World Premiere)
Section: Comedic Shorts
Directed by Sara Joe Wolansky

Two Dives in American Samoa, USA
Section: Documentary Shorts
Directed by Jim Knowlton
Featuring: Jean-Michel Cousteau, Sylvia Earle, Nainoa Thompson

Two Sisters, USA/South Korea (World Premiere)
Section: Dramatic Shorts
Directed by Keola Racela
Cast: Hye Eun Jeon, Hye-Jin Park, So-Ri Park, Jun Yoon

Violet, Ireland
Section: Irish Animated Shorts
Directed by Maurice Joyce
Cast: Aidan Gillen

Why We Fight, USA
Section: Santa Barbara Shorts
Directed by Keenan McGuckin
Cast: Flavia Watson, Julienna Perez, Rey Lopez, Jodi Carol Harrison, Mya McCann, Brendan McCay, Shannon McDermott, Izabella Newman

Wounded, Ireland
Section: Irish Animated Shorts
Directed by Julie Rush, Gavin Fullerton, and Helga Kristjana Bjarnadóttir

About the Santa Barbara International Film Festival

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts and educational organization dedicated to discovering and showcasing the best in independent and international cinema. SBIFF offers 11 days of 200+ films, tributes and symposiums that transforms beautiful downtown Santa Barbara, CA into a rich destination for film lovers which attract more than 90,000 attendees.

SBIFF continues its commitment to education and the community through free programs like its 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking and Screenwriting Competitions, Mike’s Field Trip to the Movies, National Film Studies Program, AppleBox Family Films, 3rd Weekend and educational seminars. In recent years SBIFF has expanded its year round presence with regular screenings and Q&As with programs like Cinema Society, The Showcase and its Wave Film Festivals.

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Credentialing for the 2016 SBIFF is now open. Log onto https://sunshinesachs.wufoo.com/forms/2016-santa-barbara-international-film-festival/ to apply for credentials.