Dear Cinephiles,

The film festival will go on! And we thank you for your support. We cannot wait to see you and share time and movies together. As it’s imaginable, we understand you may have some concerns about the upcoming SBIFF when it comes to COVID-19. We want to assure you that your safety is of the upmost importance to us, and after consulting with health professionals, we will institute strong protocols to ensure that the 2022 edition is safe for all attendees.

Below is currently what we have planned. Of course, this may evolve, and if it does, we will let you know.
• All attendees, staff and volunteers will be required to provide Photo ID and proof of being fully vaccinated against Covid-19. We recommend a booster shot for those eligible and for whom the CDC recommends.
• All staff, volunteers and vendors will be tested for Covid-19 multiple times leading up to and during the Festival.
• Although the mandate will be lifted, Masks will be required while inside as well as while in line for any and all Festival events and screenings. We strongly urge you wear a N95 or KN95 Mask.
• Theatres will operate at a reduced capacity.

We look forward to coming together this March to safely celebrate the magic of cinema. The festival is much more than an accumulation of movies, it’s a family gathering, a show of community, and we are besides ourselves with anticipation to see you and experience it all…safely.

Limit of Liability

Important Notice Affecting Your Rights, Health and Safety: An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 (coronavirus) exists in public places where groups of people are present. By attending Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) or any SBIFF event or venue used by SBIFF, you are acknowledging that you understand this inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19, including serious illness and death, in public places where groups of people are present, such as SBIFF. This risk extends beyond you to people with whom you may come into contact who may thereafter be exposed to COVID-19. By attending SBIFF, you and your guests are voluntarily assuming all risks related to COVID-19 exposure. You and your guests, on behalf of yourselves and your family members, heirs and representatives, agree, to the fullest extent permitted by law, not to hold any event organizers, venue owners and operators, artists, performers or any of their respective employees, agents, managers, insurers or contractors, liable for any COVID-19-related illness or injury, including death, of yourself or any third parties with whom you come into contact, in connection with attendance at SBIFF by you or your guests. You are voluntarily choosing to attend SBIFF in your sole discretion and understand that you will not be able to hold anyone associated with SBIFF liable for any harm. By attending SBIFF, you and your guests are agreeing to observe all applicable instructions/guidance from the venue, legal requirements and public health guidance regarding safety protocols while attending SBIFF.