The star-studded 30th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival with Oscar contenders, film
buffs, independent and aspiring filmmakers, movie legends, reporters, critics, and special guests will
gather for 10 days of tributes, glitzy parties, panel discussions and 200 film screenings, January 27
through February 7.
The 11-day celebration on The American Riviera attracts some 85,000 film pros and enthusiasts annually
who mingle, network, and honor the year’s cutting edge talent, movie legends and more.
Five Oscar-nominated filmmakers —Damien Chazelle (“Whiplash”) , Richard Linklater (“Boyhood”),
Bennett Miller (“Foxcatcher”), Laura Poitras (“Citizenfour”) and Morten Tyhldum (“The Imitation
Game”)— will be the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s (SBIFF’s) first recipients of the newly-
created Outstanding Directors of the Year Award honoring those who are major creative forces in a film.
The idea developed from the festival’s popular directors’ panel which will be held this year on February
4 at the historic Arlington Theatre.
The 2015 Outstanding Performer of the Year Award goes to Steve Carell for his performance in Bennett
Miller’s “Foxcatcher.” Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke will each receive the 2015 American Riviera
Award for their work in Richard Linklater’s critically-acclaimed “Boyhood” which has six Oscar nods
including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress for Hawke and Arquette. The
Cinema Vanguard Award will go to Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones for “The Theory of Everything;”
The Modern Master Award will go to Michael Keaton for “Birdman;” the Montecito Award to Jennifer
Aniston for “Cake;” the Virtuosos Award to Jenny Slate for “Obvious Child;” Logan Lerman, “Fury;” Ellar
Coltrane, “Boyhood;” Chadwick Boseman, “Get On Up;” Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl;” J.K. Simmons,
“Whiplash;” and David Oyelowo for “Selma.”
Since 2006, the Kirk Douglas Award of Excellence in Film has honored lifelong contributors for their work
in front of the camera, behind, or both. Following Douglas, honorees have included Jessica Lange, Forest
Whitaker, Robert DeNiro, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Quentin Tarantino, Ed Harris, and John
Travolta. This year’s event starts with a cocktail reception where attendees mingle and watch the
honoree and other special guests walk the red carpet. Following an extravagant dinner, special guests
recognize the honoree’s lifetime of work illustrated with clips and montages and hear from the winner.
Hospitality hub of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival is The Rosebud Suite in the Hotel Santa
Barbara. Here, all passholders can enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages from festival sponsors.
There’s a wide choice of passes and event tickets which grant entrance and priority admission to the
various events. Individual tickets are also available for the tribute and panel events. MiniPak punch
cards are available for film screenings.
SBIFF also offers free screenings and events so the entire community can participate in the festival.
These include highly-acclaimed animated films for families at the Arlington Theatre, Super Silent Sunday
and 3rd Weekend which offer current family-friendly films, classic cinema, and Film Festival highlights.
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