Santa Barbara International Film Festival

 

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.

Click here for tickets and events or go to http://sbiff.org for complete festival details.

 

Photo Credit:

Photo of Santa Barbara International Film Festival marquee at the Arlington Theater courtesy of Visit

Santa Barbara

Linda Lang

Linda Lang

Linda Lang has spent more than three decades writing about the world’s most exciting and exotic destinations. She is now focusing upon the wealth of lesser-known but extraordinary places and activities to be found right here in Southern California. She continues coverage of her international travels and books at www.LindaLangsTasteofTravel.com
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Author: Linda Lang

Linda Lang has spent more than three decades writing about the world’s most exciting and exotic destinations. She is now focusing upon the wealth of lesser-known but extraordinary places and activities to be found right here in Southern California. She continues coverage of her international travels and books at www.LindaLangsTasteofTravel.com

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