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27th Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Jan 26-Feb 5, 2012

What’s It All About

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is a festival and non-profit organisation established in 1985that showcases independent American and international films. The SBIFF line-up includes 20 world premieres and 11US premieres, with a newly expanded11-day festival. Opening and closing night festivities take place at Santa Barbara’s historic Arlington Theater.

SBIFF, which attracts more than70,000 visitors every year, endeavors to enrich the community both culturally and economically by presenting 11 days of films, tributes and symposiums, raising the consciousness of film as an art form. SBIFF presents American and world independent films, Latin American and Asian sidebars as well as documentary cinema

Watch Out For!

Opening Film

Darling Companion, directed by Lawrence Kasdan and starring Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline, Dianne Wiest,  Richard Jenkins, Sam Shepard, Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, and Ayelet Zurer. Opening night will take place at the Arlington Theatre on January 26 and is sponsored by Studio 7.

SBIFF will also feature a Lawrence Kasdan Retrospective. Body Heat (1981), The Big Chill (1983) and Grand Canyon (1991) will be featured, as well as a Q&A with the filmmaker himself.

Academy Award nominee Christopher Plummer will receive the festival’s highest honour, the Modern Master Award. The festival will also honour Academy Award winning director, screenwriter, producer and film historian Martin Scorsese with the American Riviera Award, marking the first time the award has been bestowed on a director.

Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejowill be conferred the Cinema Vanguard Award on February 4, 2012. The actors will be felicitated for their performances in the silent film The Artist.

Viola Davis will be awarded with the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award on January 27. She will be honoured with a tribute celebrating her compelling performance in Tate Taylor’s The Help.

This year, for the first time, the film festival will launch the Acquisitions Program, which will take place on the first weekend of the festival, January 27-29.

The programme was created to allow the acquisitions community easy, industry friendly access to films at SBIFF. Buyers will be afforded priority access to the films  chosen.

Some of the screenings include:

• Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

• Melancholia

• War Horse

• The Iron Lady

• Drive

• Young Adult

• Like Crazy

• J. Edgar

• My Weekend With Marilyn

• A Better Life• Rampart

• The Descendents

• Moneyball

• The Artist

• Another Happy Day

• Martha Marcy May Marlene

• 50/50

• Anonymous

• The Ides Of March

• The Lie

• The Help

• Another Earth

• Beginners

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