Mike’s Field Trip to the Movies – More than a decade ago, SBIFF first introduced “Field Trip to the Movies,” the brainchild of renowned nature cinematographer Mike deGruy, whose passion for exploring and sharing those adventures with audiences through filmmaking was the inspiration for this fascinating and thought–provoking program. Now renamed “Mike’s Field Trip to the Movies,” the goal of the program, which is offered to 4,000 4th, 5th and 6th grade students from throughout Santa Barbara County, is to use filmmaking to stimulate creative, confident and culturally aware thinkers. Award winning filmmakers have participated each year – including James Cameron, Lee Unkrich, Gore Verbinski, Peter Ramsey, Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Chris Miller and Phil Lord, and Pete Docter among others. SBIFF provides FREE transportation to students from Title I schools. This year SBIFF is thrilled to present the critically–acclaimed hit, Zootopia, featuring writer/directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore, who will participate in a Q&A following the screenings with the students and talk about the craft of animated filmmaking. This annual free event, which takes place Tuesday, February 7 at the Arlington Theatre, is sponsored by Montecito Bank & Trust, Santa Barbara Foundation, Union Bank, Wells Fargo, Bentson Foundation, and Volentine Family Foundation.

Student Film Studies Program – Returning for its third year, the student film studies program will bring undergraduate film students from across the country for a three day symposium with a focus on film appreciation, criticism, and analysis. Students will have the opportunity to learn from notable industry professionals and get a behind–the–scenes look at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival through a unique mix of guided and self–guided opportunities, allowing students to customize the experience and benefit from all the Festival has to offer. Students will have access to screenings, panels, Q&A sessions, celebrity tribute events, and private sessions with filmmakers and media professionals in a classroom setting. Due to the generosity of Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin, the amount of students allowed has doubled and the program will be completely FREE including travel and lodging.

AppleBox Family Films – SBIFF will again screen animated feature frontrunners FREE to families on the weekends of the Festival with complimentary popcorn and refreshments! This year will include Zootopia (10:00 am Feb. 4), Moana (10:00 am Feb. 5), and Finding Dory (10:00 am Feb. 11) Sponsored by KPMR Univision, Metropolitan Theatres and Rincon Broadcasting.

10–10–10 Student Screenwriting and Filmmaking Competition sponsored by Final Draft Inc., and generously supported by Mary Beth Riordan. The Competition is comprised of 20 high school and college students chosen from 120 submissions. The student filmmakers and screenwriters are paired together to produce a 10–minute film during the 10 days of the Festival. On Tuesday, January 31st the 10–10–10 Press Conference will introduce the screenwriting and filmmaking finalists. On Saturday, February 11th at the Arlington Theatre, all ten completed films will be screened and the winners will be announced.

Free Public Screenings – SBIFF will again offer critically acclaimed films FREE to the public at the Lobero Theatre everyday throughout the Festival.

Filmmaker Seminars – SBIFF will again present educational seminars that will be FREE to the public and will take place in the Visit The Santa Ynez Valley Lounge throughout the Festival at 11:00am.

Super Silent Sunday – On Sunday February 5th, SBIFF will present the 1925 classic “The Freshman” starring Harold Lloyd at the Arlington Theatre completely FREE to the public. Live accompaniment will be provided by Adam Aceto on the theatre’s Wonder Morton pipe organ, which is one of only five in existence, and is a unique opportunity to connect with the rich history of cinema. Super Silent Sunday is sponsored by Winchester Mystery House

Youth CineMedia – SBIFF presents a documentary film series produced entirely by teens involved in the Youth CineMedia program. Striving to help children transition away from gang life, drugs and alcohol and into college and careers in music, photography and video production, the organization offers creative tools, training and support for underprivileged and at–risk teens. Free to the public with Q&A following on Saturday February 11th.

3rd Weekend – SBIFF will once again present “3RD Weekend,” which will feature the highlights of the 32nd Festival for Santa Barbara residents. The films will be screened throughout the weekend of February 17–19 at the Plaza de Oro Theatre. Screenings are FREE and seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Screening times will be posted in the days following Closing Night.

New SBIFF Education Director – Amanda Graves is joining SBIFF’s team in the new position of Education Director. Not only will she be overseeing all of SBIFF’s existing educational programs that currently serve over 20,000 individuals, but expanding and adding many more. Prior to joining SBIFF, as a high school teacher, she expanded the Visual Communications program from one class into a 3–year, sequential program that the Career Education Center in Ventura County highlights as a model pathway for Career Technology Education in the Arts, Media, and Entertainment Sector.