Film Awards

Audience Choice Award presented by the Santa Barbara Independent

Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema
Prize: camera package worth approximately $60,000
Award for Best Independent Film, juried by industry professionals.

Best International Film Award
For the best international film, juried by industry professionals

Nueva Vision Award
For the best Spanish-language film, juried by industry professionals

Best Documentary Film Award
For the best documentary feature, juried by industry professionals

Cinema Nouveau Award
For the best emerging French director, juried by industry professionals

The Fund for Santa Barbara Social Justice Award
Prize: $2,500 cash
For a documentary feature film that addresses social justice issues, juried by a committee selected by the Fund for Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Features Award presented by COX Communications
Prize: $2,500 cash
For the best emerging film by a Santa Barbara Filmmaker or documentaries that highlights community issues, juried by a committee selected by the COX Communications

Bruce Corwin Award for Best Live Action Short Film
For best live action short film, juried by industry professionals. Winning film will be eligible for Academy Award nomination.

Bruce Corwin Award for Best Animation Short Film
For best animated short film, juried by industry professionals. Winning film will be eligible for Academy Award nomination.

Best Documentary Short Film
For best documentary short film, juried by industry professionals.

Awards and prizes are subject to change.

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