The creative minds behind some of this year’s finest films will share their experiences and anecdotes with audiences during the panel series at the 27th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which begins Thursday, January 26 and runs through Sunday, February 5, 2012.

SBIFF’s Directors on Directing panel will take place Saturday, February 4, at 11:00 a.m. at the Lobero Theatre. Moderated by Variety’s Peter Bart, this ever-popular panel will feature: Gore Verbinski (Rango), Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist), Paul Feig (Bridesmaids), Terry George (The Shore), Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 2), and Chris Miller (Puss in Boots).

Following at 2:00 pm, also at the Lobero Theatre, is the Movers & Shakers panel which brings together some of today’s most established producers to share their insights in sparkling conversation. Moderated by Los Angeles Times columnist Patrick Goldstein, this year’s panelists include; Letty Aronson (Midnight in Paris), Jim Burke (The Descendants), Bill Pohlad (The Tree of Life), Mike De Luca (Moneyball), Thomas Langmann (The Artist), and Graham King (Hugo).