SBIFF is a 501C3 non-profit organization. Unfortunately due to the importance of the film submission revenue in operating the Festival we are unable to offer fee waivers. Recognizing the funding challenges that filmmakers face we encourage you to take advantage of the Earlybird deadline.
As one of our community outreach program, there are no submission fees for “verified” Local Filmmakers who are full time residents of Santa Barbara County. If you qualify as a Local Filmmaker, please follow these instructions to obtain your fee waiver.
Before submitting on Withoutabox please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know your submission is on the way. In your e-mail, please tell us how you are related to the Santa Barbara community.
Local filmmakers are considered as living in Santa Barbara County. Student films completed at UCSB, SBCC, Brooks, Westmont, and other local schools are also considered local films. Films shot in Santa Barbara are only considered local if the filmmakers live locally. If you are unsure if your film qualifies, please contact us.
Once we have determined your film qualifies as a “Local Film” you will be provided with a promotional code for a free submission to input during your WOB submission process. (Please note that once submission fees have been paid they may not be refunded even if your film subsequently qualifies as a local film)
Please clearly mark your submission on the packaging that the film is from a local filmmaker.
Your odds of acceptance are much higher if your film is submitted to the “Local Films” category however films submitted to this category are not eligible for competition. Qualifying local films submitted to other categories will still receive a fee waiver.