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Santa Barbara International Film Festival

January 30 – February 9, 2014

Santa Barbara, California

What’s It All About?

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is a festival and non-profit organisation that showcases independent American and international films. The festival attracts more than 70,000 visitors every year and 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. It presents American and world independent films, Latin American and Asian sidebars as well as documentary cinema. The line-up for the 2014 festival boasts 23 world premieres and 31 US premieres as the festival gears up for its 29th year. The films in this year’s festival represent 60 countries.

Watch Out For!

Opening Film

Mission Blue: The festival opens with the world premiere of Robert Nixon and Fisher Stevens’ feature documentary Mission Blue. The film is about legendary oceanographer, marine biologist, environmentalist and National Geographic explorer-in-residence Sylvia Earle, and her campaign to create a global network of protected marine sanctuaries.

World Premieres

• A Life Outside

• A Year In Champagne

• Barefoot

• BFFs

• Chu And Blossom

• Driven

• Falcon Song

• Gurukulam

• Invitation To Dance

• Late Spring

• The Last One

• Lutah Maria Riggs

• Menthol

• Mount Joy

• Night Has Settled

• Noble

• Queens & Cowboys: A Straight Year On The Gay Rodeo

• Roaming Wild

• Sam

• The Village Of Peace

• Warren


Cinema Vanguard Award was created to recognise those who have forged their own paths, taking artistic risks and making a unique contribution to film. This year, the festival will honour director Martin Scorsese and actor Leonardo DiCaprio with the award. The Oscar-winning director and the Oscar-nominated actor have collaborated on five films – Gangs Of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, Shutter Island and more recently in The Wolf Of Wall Street. The festival will also honour some potential Academy Awards frontrunners including Oprah Winfrey (Lee Daniels’ The Butler), who will receive the Montecito Award, and Saving Mr. Banks actress Emma Thompson, who will be given the Modern Master Award. The Performer of the Year Award will go to Cate Blanchett for her work in Blue Jasmine while actors Daniel Bruhl, Adele Exarchopoulos, Oscar Isaac, Michael B Jordan, Brie Larson, Jared Leto and June Squibb will receive the 2014 Virtuosos Award.

The International Features in the Competition section include:

• Eastern Boys

• Found & Lost

• For A Woman (Pour une femme)

• If I Close My Eyes I’m Not Here

• Late Spring

• The Major

• Metalhead

• October November (Oktober November)

• Sam• Triptych (Triptyque)

• Under The Starry Sky

• Victor Young Perez

Closing Film

The festival will close with the screening of the Before trilogy including Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight, to be followed by a conversation with Before Midnight co-screenwriters Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and writer-director Richard Linklater.

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