Riviera Project Supporters

Updated April 28, 2017 $2.5M + Lynda Weinman & Bruce Heavin $250K + The Stephen & Carla Hahn Foundation Susan & Craig McCaw $100K + Margo & Jeff Barbakow Leslie & Ashish Bhutani Sara Miller-McCune Natalie Orfalea Foundation and Lou Buglioli Pam...

2017 Award Winning Films

This morning we announced the 2017 SBIFF award winning films at an awards breakfast hosted by The Fess Parker. We want to thank the jury and we must thank the many filmmakers that shared their amazing films with all of us. Audience Choice Award sponsored by the Santa...

2017 Variety Artisans Award

Variety Artisans Award Moderated by Tim Gray Monday February 6, 2017 @ 8:00pm Lobero Theatre CLICK HERE TO ATTEND The third annual Variety Artisans Awards celebrates those essential to the filmmaking process and who have exhibited the most exciting and innovative work...

2017 Outstanding Directors Award

Outstanding Directors of the Year Award Honoring Damien Chazelle (La La Land) Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea) and Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) Moderated by Pete Hammond Tuesday, February 7, 2017 @ 8:00pm Arlington Theatre CLICK HERE TO...

2017 Opening Night Film – Charged

Opening Night Film Sponsored by UGG CHARGED Directed by Phillip Baribeau Starring Eduardo Garcia Wednesday, February 1, 2017 Arlington Theatre 8:00pm CLICK HERE TO ATTEND SBIFF 2017 will kick off the festival on Wednesday, February 1st, at the historic Arlington...

Educational Programs and Free Screenings

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS AND FREE SCREENINGS 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...

Focus on Santa Barbara

FOCUS ON SANTA BARBARA 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....

2017 SBIFF Program

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), presented by UGG®, will offer a vast array of films representing 50+ countries, 51 world premieres and 64 US premieres, along with tributes with the year’s top talent, panel discussions, and free community...

2017 American Riviera Award

American Riviera Award Honoring Jeff Bridges Moderated by Scott Fienberg Thursday February 9, 2017 @ 8:00pm Arlington Theatre CLICK HERE TO ATTEND Jeff Bridges will be honored with SBIFF’s 2017 American Riviera Award on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at the historic...

2017 Cinema Vanguard Award

Cinema Vanguard Award Honoring Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams Sunday February 5, 2017 @ 8:00pm Arlington Theatre CLICK HERE TO ATTEND Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams will be honored with the Cinema Vanguard Award on Sunday, February 5, 2017 at the 32nd...

2017 Montecito Award

Montecito Award Honoring Isabelle Huppert Moderated by Anne Thompson Wednesday February 8, 2017 @ 8:00pm Arlington Theatre CLICK HERE TO ATTEND Isabelle Huppert will receive SBIFF’s prestigious Montecito Award for her critically acclaimed role in Paul...

2017 Maltin Modern Master Award

Maltin Modern Master Award Honoring Denzel Washington Moderated by Leonard Maltin Thursday, February 2, 2017 @ 8:00pm Arlington Theatre CLICK HERE TO ATTEND Denzel Washington is set to receive the Maltin Modern Master Award at the 32nd annual Santa Barbara...

2017 Outstanding Performers of the Year Award

Outstanding Performers of the Year Award Sponsored by Belvedere Vodka Honoring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone Moderated by Roger Durling Friday February 3, 2017 @ 8:00pm Arlington Theatre CLICK HERE TO ATTEND Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling will be presented with the 2017...

2017 Closing Night Film – Their Finest

Closing Night Film Sponsored by Winchester Mystery House THEIR FINEST Directed by Lone Scherfig Written by Gaby Chiappe, based on the novel by Lissa Evans Starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Jack Huston, and Richard E. Grant Saturday February 11, 2017...

2017 Virtuosos Award

Virtuosos Award Sponsored by UGG Honoring: Aaron Taylor Johnson (Nocturnal Animals) Dev Patel (Lion) Janelle Monáe (Hidden Figures, Moonlight) Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) Naomie Harris (Moonlight) Ruth Negga (Loving) Simon Helberg (Florence Foster Jenkins) and Stephen...

Kirk Douglas Award honoring Warren Beatty

Academy Award® winner Warren Beatty will be honored with the eleventh annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film. Known for his iconic roles in BONNIE AND CLYDE, REDS, and DICK TRACY, Beatty will next be seen as Howard Hughes in 20th Century Fox’s RULES DON’T...

SBIFF’s new home at the historic Riviera Theatre

RIVIERA THEATRE TO SERVE AS NEW HOME FOR SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL THE HISTORIC LANDMARK WILL ENABLE EXPANSION IN EDUCATION AND FAMILY PROGRAMS The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has found a new home: the historic Riviera Theatre. The...

2016 Award Winning Films Announced

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), presented by UGG®, announced today the highly-anticipated winners for its 31st year at a breakfast held in their honor. Ten winning films in as many categories were announced, culminating in the coveted audience...

2016 Outstanding Directors of the Year Award

Lenny Abrahamson, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Tom McCarthy, Adam McKay and George Miller will receive the 2016 Outstanding Directors of the Year award. They will each be celebrated individually for their films ROOM, THE REVENANT, SPOTLIGHT, THE BIG SHORT and MAD MAX: FURY...

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,...

2016 Virtuosos Award

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s recipients of the 2016 Virtuosos Award, created to recognize a select group of actors who have distinguished themselves through performances in film this past year, will include: Elizabeth Banks (Love &...