Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Mr. Roger Durling
Mr. Michael Albright
Year of Foundation 1985
Event Date from 15 January 2020 till 25 January 2020
in Santa Barbara, United States
Sections International, Documentary, Spanish/Latin America, Eastern Bloc, Social Justice, Noir, Kolnoa, Nordic, Screen Cuisine, Cinematic Overtures, To the Maxxx, Reel Nature, Global Hollywood, Santa Barbara Features (and several live-action, animation and documentary shorts programs)
Terms of Entry Films over 40 minutes are considered features. Films that have received national U.S. network television (including cable) or theatrical release prior to Festival are not eligible. Films must be completed after 01 November 2018. US and world premieres preferred.
BluRay back up requested for DCP screenings. The possible screening formats may vary depending on the category.
Subtitles English subtitles necessary
Registration Deadline Early Bird Deadline: July 12, 2019
Features: 45 $, shorts: 35 $
Regular Deadline: August 16, 2019
Features: 55 $, shorts: 45 $
Late Deadline: October 4, 2019
Features: 75 $, shorts: 55 $
Final Deadline: November 15, 2019
Features: 100 $, shorts: 75 $
Attendance Figures 90,000
Prizes/Awards Audience award, Prizes in competition sections are: International, Documentary, Spanish/Latin America, Eastern Bloc, Social Justice. Prizes vary each year.
TRANSIT by Christian Petzold (DE/FR, Schramm Film Koerner & Weber)
Jeffrey C. Barbakow International Competition
CRYSTAL SWAN by Darya Zhuk (BY/DE/US/RU)
LAND OF MY CHILDREN (IM LAND MEINER KINDER) by Dario Aguirre (DE/CH, Buechner Filmproduktion, Reck Filmproduktion)
LAND OF MY CHILDREN (IM LAND MEINER KINDER) by Dario Aguirre (DE/CH, Reck Filmproduktion, Buechner Filmproduktion)
Number of Films Shown over 200 films
Media Coverage Film trade magazines (Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Deadline and IndieWire, Thompson on Hollywood) cover the festival.Specific Characteristics The winner of the short film competition automatically qualifies for the OSCAR competition for the Best Short Film.
Evaluation The festival is one of the leading film events at the beginning of the year featuring a high percentage of films campaigning for the Academy Awards. Offering red carpet gala events and tributes to selected celebrities from the US American film business, the festival is best known for its hospitality, networking events and audience related program, especially large student population. Strong ties with entertainment industry in Los Angeles. The fest has become one of the most important stops on the annual road to the Oscars (R) (Hollywood Reporter), since many Academy members live in and around Santa Barbara.
The audience is a combination of film industry professionals, local, regional and international attendees, and a large student population.
The winner of the short film competition automatically qualifies for the OSCAR (R) competition for the Best Short Film.
Services The festival covers one way shipping costs.