The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is a pass based festival, offering 4 levels of passes which grant priority admission to films and/or events. Passholders are seated in order of Pass level (Concierge, Platinum, Cinema, & State Street) 20 minutes before each film or one hour before each event (general admission 15 minutes before each film or 30 minutes before each event). All passes (Except for Concierge) are transferable.


The MiniPak is valid for 10 film screening admissions (1 person to 10 films, 10 people to 1 film or any other combination). Films are not pre-selected, MiniPaks are treated on a first come first served basis. A numbered Q card will be offered one hour prior to show time to reserve your place in line, after which you are welcome to leave the line and enjoy downtown. Once passholders have been admitted we will seat in numerical order until everyone is seated or the theatre is full. A MiniPak and Q do not guarantee admission as the number of passholders varies at each screening.


Individual (rush) film tickets are only available for purchase 5 minutes before the start of the show, space permitting. A rush ticket line is available at each venue.


Individual tickets to all special events such as tributes, panels, opening night and closing night are pre-sold via our website and at the door if still available. All tickets are general admission and doors open 30 minutes before the start time. If an event is “sold out”, there are a set amount of seats held for passholders of which some may be released 5 minutes before the start of the event. A rush ticket line will be at each event for these last minute available seats.


There are a multitude of free events during the Film Festival, including family friendly films, independent releases, and filmmaker discussions. Admission is always on a first come first served basis.


All purchases for the 2019 SBIFF are available for pickup at will call, orders will not be mailed. Times and location are subject to change:
January 28 – February 9, 2019
9:00am – 6:00pm
Ticketing Office at SBIFF’s Education Center
1330 State Street Suite 101
*Please use City Parking Lots and Street Parking*