National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced today that Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is one of 919 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. SBIFF is to receive a $15,000 grant to support its educational programs, including a new film studies program that will bring 10 students from across the country.

Commented SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling, “We are honored that our organization was among those selected to receive this grant, which does so much to support the arts throughout the country. The support of NEA will allow SBIFF to continue to expand its educational reach, and impact the next generation of filmmakers.”

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “I’m pleased to be able to share the news of our support through Art Works including the award to Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The arts foster value, connection, creativity and innovation for the American people and these recommended grants demonstrate those attributes and affirm that the arts are part of our everyday lives.”

The National Endowment of the Arts, being an independent federal agency, funds as well as promotes creativity and artistic excellence for the benefit of not only individuals, but also for communities. The awarding of this NEA Grant stems from the relevance of the festival’s growth over the last 11 years and carries with it immense prestige. SBIFF’s efforts to engage the community through film is the cornerstone of the festival and is in alignment with the NEA’s mission statement.