Santa Barbara Filmmakers – The Santa Barbara filmmaking community continues to captivate and inspire audiences with this year’s impressive line–up. Santa Barbara filmmakers provide a diverse, thought–provoking series of features and shorts. Their programs underscore the emerging talent of up–and–coming filmmakers as well as seasoned veterans.

Santa Barbara Local Heroes: Documentary Shorts – Produced by Phyllis de Picciotto and directed by Stan Roden, these 15 short documentaries are inspired, guided and determined by the Santa Barbara Independent’s 31 year tradition of honoring Local Heroes. The 2016 Santa Barbara Local Heroes are Dennis Apel, David Asbell, Mark Asman, Magda Barnes, Bruce & David Corwin, Kristianne Clifford, Jason Emrich, Joan Fairfield, Lee Heller, Barbara Ireland, Alagie Jammeh, Doug Mershon, Jennifer Parks, Willie Poindexter, Gary Sangenito. These short documentary portraits will screen throughout the festival before the Santa Barbara Features/Shorts.

The Stand Up Award sponsored by the Anti–Defamation League – The Santa Barbara Tri–Counties Region of the Anti–Defamation League will be sponsoring and presenting the 2nd annual ‘ADL Stand Up Award’ to a dramatic film in the festival that represents an important addition to the efforts of the ADL “to secure justice and fair treatment for all.” ADL has a one hundred year history of standing up to bigotry, hatred, and discrimination. The purpose of this award is to recognize and celebrate the impact that storytelling can have in fostering mutual understanding and respect.

The Tribute Awards were once again specially designed by Santa Barbara’s own Daniel Gibbings Jewelry. The Award is inspired by the iconic steeple of Santa Barbara’s historic Arlington Theatre and is handcrafted in metal and is 24 karat gold–plated, with a custom marble base. “We wanted to create an award that is not only quintessential to Santa Barbara’s beautiful culture and performing arts, but also embodied the passion and creativity we use in crafting our unique jewelry designs,” states CEO and Creative Director Daniel Gibbings and Setenay Ozdemir–Osman. “Just as the Arlington Theatre takes our imagination to new places, so do the visionary filmmakers and actors that are honored each year by the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. We are truly honored to design and create all of the awards for SBIFF.”