Youth CineMedia

For several years SBIFF has partnered with Youth CineMedia, a local Santa Barbara non-profit that teaches documentary filmmaking to diverse children, teens and young adults from urban and rural communities. YCM films focus on the environmental, cultural, and social justice issues.


Buscando el Sueño Americano – Directed by Tianna Lee Rodriguez
A local SB filmmaker walks her way across the US-Mexican border in search of the heartfelt stories of the migrant caravan.

Clinically Contested – Directed by Cy Pisors
A young filmmaker, living with his own schizophrenia, confronts the stigma of mental illness.

COyou – Directed by Zandra Cullen
The small beach town community that founded Earth Day responds to a catastrophic climate change prediction.

Curbing gentrification – Directed by Aaron Carroll, Eamonn McGeough
Santa Ana residents come together to protect public land for community use instead of development.

Dreamers: No Human Is Illegal
Santa Barbara DACA recipients share what it’s like to live under a Trump Presidency and the constant threat of deportation.

I Am a Storm – Directed by Willam Geare
A group of performers explore disability awareness in a play written by and starring a man living with dystonia.

I am photography – Directed by Carolina Anselmo
An intimate portrait of critically acclaimed photographer Ali Sharouzi who despite living with Cerebral Palsy pursues his dream of photography.

Planting Kindness – Directed by Mirjam Maier, Melissa Aguayo
An inspired community unites the world while fighting against animal genocide.

Respect my existence – Directed by Antonio Principe
The transgender community, activists, and supporters descend upon downtown Santa Barbara in response to president Trump’s anti-transgender proposal.

Takin’ Flight – Directed by Jonathan Jansson
The story of a record label using their music to escape a life of poverty, crime and addiction.

UNLEASH – Directed by Mira
A human shark documents her purpose to help people unleash and live their truth through art.