Welcome to SBIFF Film Talk, a new online series of screenings and discussions between SBIFF’s programmers and filmmakers.

The series will begin with a focus on short films made by local filmmakers. Each week a short film will be available for viewing online, followed by a live virtual conversation.

“We have always been committed to supporting filmmakers and sharing great film with our community,” said SBIFF Senior Programmer Mickey Duzdevich. “During Covid, our online Q&As have established SBIFF as the first stop for film talk—from the artistry to the industry—and the SBIFF Film Talk series will offer filmmakers a platform for them to showcase their work, and audiences a steady stream of entertaining work and interesting conversation.”

SBIFF’s thirds installment of Film Talk will feature Michael Love discussing his film “State Street Serenade” with SBIFF’s programmer Mickey Duzdevich on Thursday, August 6th at 6:00pm. Playing in an echoing city parking lot for over a decade, a guitarist casts a musical spell over downtown Santa Barbara.

Past SBIFF Film Talks

Featuring Dani Rodriguez and Christine Meseer discussing their film “Trail Heads” which shows us how after the Thomas Fire and subsequent mudslides, two opposing mountain biking and hiking communities came together to rebuild common ground.
Featuring Casey McGarry and his short documentary “Grasshopper for Grandpa,” which tells the story of Jimmy’s Oriental Gardens, Santa Barbara’s storied restaurant and bar, and, through it, the history of Santa Barbara’s Chinatown.