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Santa Barbara International Film Festival

International Film Festival in Santa Barbara.

About

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is an eleven day event held in the seaside resort city of Santa Barbara, California. SBIFF is proud to present a diverse slate of more than 200 films to over 70,000 film enthusiasts.

Audience is a unique combination of film industry professionals, local, regional and International attendees, and a large student population. In addition to showcasing a diverse spectrum of films, tributes and galas. SBIFF also offers seminars with industry professionals including Directors, Screenwriters, Producers and Women's Panels, as well as provocative Q&A sessions with a diverse selection of filmmakers.

Awards

  • Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema. Prize: camera package worth approximately $60,000. Award for Best Independent Film, juried by industry professionals;
  • Best Foreign Film: For the best foreign film, juried by industry professionals;
  • Nueva Vision Award: For the best Spanish-language film, juried by industry professionals;
  • Best Documentary Award: For the best documentary feature, juried by industry professionals;
  • The Fund for Santa Barbara Social Justice Award. Prize: $2,500 cash. For a documentary feature film that addresses social justice issues, juried by a committee selected by the Fund for Santa Barbara;
  • Bruce Corwin Award for Best Live Action Short Film: For best short film, juried by industry professionals. Winning film will be eligible for Academy Award nomination;
  • Bruce Corwin Award for Best Animated Short Film 
    For best animated short, juried by industry professionals 
  • Audience Choice Award presented by the Santa Barbara Independent.

Rules

  •  We prioritize US and World Premieres. 
  • Films that have received national U.S. network television (including cable) or theatrical release prior to Festival are not eligible. 
  • No music videos or commercials.
  • More than one entry may be submitted. Each entry must be accompanied by its own online entry and entry fee. 
  • Submit via Withoutabox or Filmfreeway.

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

  • Roger Durling (Executive Director)
  • Sean Pratt (Managing Director)
  • Michael Albright (Programming Director)

Documents

Place

United States
Santa Barbara

Official website

sbiff.org

Contacts

Address:

1528 Chapala Street
Suite 203
Santa Barbara CA 93101
U S A

Phone: 805-963 0023
Fax: 805-962 2524

Email: programming@sbiff.org

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening date
    June 01, 2019
  • Earlybird Deadline
    July 12, 2019
  • Regular Deadline
    August 16, 2019
  • Late Deadline
    October 04, 2019
  • Extended Deadline
    November 15, 2019
  • Notifications
    December 18, 2019
  • Event dates
    15 — 25 January 2020
Categories & Fees

Films 40 minutes or less are considered short films. Apply to this category if you have a short animated film.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $35
  • Regular Deadline — $45
  • Late Deadline — $55
  • Extended Deadline — $75

Films over 40 minutes are considered features. Apply to this category if you have an animated featured film.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $45
  • Regular Deadline — $55
  • Late Deadline — $75
  • Extended Deadline — $100

Films 40 minutes or less are considered short films. Apply to this category if you have a short fiction film.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $35
  • Regular Deadline — $45
  • Late Deadline — $55
  • Extended Deadline — $75

Films over 40 minutes are considered features. Apply to this Category if you have a Narrative Fiction Feature Length film.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $45
  • Regular Deadline — $55
  • Late Deadline — $75
  • Extended Deadline — $100

Films 40 minutes or less are considered short films. Apply to this category if you have a short documentary film.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $35
  • Regular Deadline — $45
  • Late Deadline — $55
  • Extended Deadline — $75
  • Earlybird Deadline — $45
  • Regular Deadline — $55
  • Late Deadline — $75
  • Extended Deadline — free
  • Earlybird Deadline — $35
  • Regular Deadline — $45
  • Late Deadline — $55
  • Extended Deadline — free

Films over 40 minutes are considered features. Apply to this category if you have a Non Narrative Non Fiction Film.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $45
  • Regular Deadline — $55
  • Late Deadline — $75
  • Extended Deadline — $100
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