The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is an eleven-day event, showcasing over 200 films from over 60 different countries to approximately 95,000 attendees.

Last year we received over 3000 films and we expect that number to increase and need screeners with integrity and dedication to assist in the process.

This page has information about the process, commitment and expectation for our reviewers. If you are still interested after reading all of the information, you can fill out the application at the bottom of this page.

When is SBIFF 2018?
The 33rd edition of SBIFF will run January 31st – February 10th 2018.

What does a reviewer do?
Each member of the reviewer committee is asked to view and score feature films, documentaries and short films on a regular basis from September through January and provide critical assistance during the selection process. Reviewers are granted access to our online database to exclusively be some of the first eyes on the submissions.

What is the Time Commitment?
Each reviewer is required to log 100 plus hours of screening films and in exchange you will receive one Platinum Pass for the 2018 Festival. One feature film is equal to 100 minutes and one short film is equal to 20 minutes. The total feature films minutes will then be added to the total short films minutes and then be divided by 60 minutes which will equal your total hours.

EXAMPLE: (2 features x 100min.) + (2 shorts x 20min.) = 240/60 = 4 hours
Platinum Passes will only be given to those who have reached the 100 plus hour marker. If a reviewer logs less than 100 hours, a separate compensation will be determined by SBIFF.

What is expected of me as a reviewer?
• Reviewers must complete a film review sheet for each film and must include written comments explaining each decision
• A minimum of 30 hours of viewing is required by each reviewer
• Reviewers must confirm that every film for which they have scored was watched all the way through from beginning to end
• Most importantly we require CONFIDENTIALITY. We MUST keep all positive/negative critiques of the films confidential and NEVER make any attempts to contact the filmmakers yourself.
• Reviewers have to attend a training meeting (even if they have been a reviewer in the past)