Santa Barbara International Film Festival arrives

Posted By Horizon Staff January 22nd, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment : 18 COMMENTS

Allison Cole

Staff Writer

With a rich selection of films sure to delight audiences from all reaches of the globe, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival is back again for its 28th year. SBIFF offers a vast array of films representing 49 countries, and it is proud to welcome many promising and established filmmakers and honorees to join in its grand tradition of celebrating independent film. The Festival begins Thursday, Jan. 24 and continues through Sunday, Feb. 3. SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling remarked in a statement, “I feel this year’s festival offerings are the most varied, mature and fun we’ve ever had.”

SBIFF will kick off at the historic Arlington Theatre with the U.S. Premiere of LD Entertainment’s “Disconnect,” directed by Henry-Alex Rubin. “Disconnect” marks the first fiction feature from Henry-Alex Rubin, director of the Oscar-nominated documentary Murderball, from an original screenplay by Andrew Stern.

The SBIFF will include thirteen Academy Award nominees, two World Premiers, and two US Premieres. “We’ve added some fantastic new films that broaden the scope of the program and embody the international spirit of the festival,” said Michael Albright, SBIFF’s Director of Programming.

The festival will also include the 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking and Screenwriting Competition, which is a highly successful educational program developed by the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in 2004. It aims to bring together student filmmakers and industry professionals in an effort to encourage and assist the next generation of filmmakers. Through this competition, students produce 10 films over a period of 10 days and are judged on both filmmaking and screenwriting criteria. Since its inception, 10-10-10 has given a public forum to hundreds of student screenwriters and filmmakers and generated a wealth of original creative work. The contending 10-10-10 films will be screened and judged at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2012. The winning films will be shown again at the Closing Night Ceremony at the Arlington Theatre.

Furthermore, the festival will honor tribute recipients with an all-star red-carpet experience as media personnel, crowds of fans and Festival supporters line the pathway to the beautiful Arlington Theatre. The evening celebration consists of a professionally produced film montage of the honoree’s bodies of work, a live on-stage interview hosted by an acclaimed film personality, the presentation of the awards and the honoree’s acceptance speeches. Annual awards may include the following: Modern Master Award, American Riviera Award, Montecito Award, Outstanding Performance of the Year Award, David Attenborough Award for Excellence in Nature Filmmaking, Cinema Vanguard Award and Virtuosos Award.

The 28th Annual Santa Barbara Film Festival is not to be missed! Festival passes, packages, and tickets may be purchased online at

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