Student Film Studies Program

In honor of its 30th anniversary, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival is expanding its current student programs and offering a three day symposium to undergraduate students pursuing a film degree. The program will focus on film appreciation with an additional emphasis on film criticism and analysis.

Participating students will arrive on Thursday January 29th and the program will start bright and early Friday morning. Over the next three days, SBIFF sanctioned local film educators will lead a packed three day program where students will be provided access to the various SBIFF events and happenings.

Students will:

• Have an opportunity to view self-selected films from over 200 Festival screenings shown between 8am and 10pm.
• Attend the highly acclaimed Panel Series, where notable and highly acclaimed industry professionals come together for informative and revealing discussions relating to directing, producing, writing, women in the business and visual effects.
• Hear guest filmmakers discuss a wide array of topics and participate in intimate Q&A sessions.
• Partake in private sessions with film makers and national media professionals in a classroom environment with other students.
• End the day with watching the stars walk the red carpet as they enter the historic Arlington Theatre for one of SBIFF’s Celebrity Tribute Events – an hour and a half of raw and personal conversation about the honoree’s career.

Film Studies program offers the unique experience of a mix of guided and self guided opportunities, allowing students to maximize their experience at the festival, while still pursuing their individual interests.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE (Subject to Change):

THURSDAY – JANUARY 29, 2015: Arrivals and evening on own

FRIDAY – JANUARY 30, 2015:
9a Meet and greet with Roger Durling, Executive Director of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and a discussion on how to navigate the SBIFF.
10a Class presentation and discussion on analyzing films and writing film criticism.
11a Private Film Screening followed by filmmaker Q&A
2p Break for Lunch
3p Private Film Screening followed by filmmaker Q&A
6p Class Discussion
6:45p Break for Dinner
8p Attend Tribute at the Arlington

9a Class Discussion at Antioch
9:45a Q&A with Programmers of the Festival
11a Panel Series
12:30p Break for Lunch
2p Panel Series
4p Private Film Screening followed by filmmaker Q&A
6:45p Break for Dinner
8p Attend Tribute at the Arlington

Screenings on Own
5-7p Access to the Filmmaker’s Happy Hour (Must be 21 to attend)

MONDAY – FEBRUARY 2, 2015: Departures


Submit the following to
• Complete application (click here to download)
• Statement of intent
• Unofficial transcript
• Letter of recommendation


• Applications must be complete and received by SBIFF no later than October 17th, 2014
• Initial notification of acceptance will be sent November 1st, 2014
• The program has a limited amount of space available


Students will be provided with festival passes, overnight accommodations Thursday through Sunday and transportation to the program venue(s). Students will be responsible for their own meals and transportation in and out of Santa Barbara.

For more information or to apply, please contact Jill Remy at 805.963.0023 or at