Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film

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Since 2006, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival has bestowed the KIRK DOUGLAS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM upon a deserving lifelong contributor to cinema through their work in front of the camera, behind, or both. Starting with Douglas, those honored after him include Forest Whitaker, Robert DeNiro, son Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Quentin Tarantino, Ed Harris, and John Travolta.

The event starts off with an outdoor cocktail reception where attendees mingle with each other and watch the honoree and other special guests walk the red carpet. Following the reception, attendees are seated for an extravagant dinner and tribute in an intimate setting. Following the three-course meal, special guests will take the stage to recognize the honoree’s complete body of work with various montages and clips. The evening culminates with the honoree being presented with the award and addressing the attendees. These events are truly a once in a lifetime experience and will be remembered by its attendees for many years to come.