Cinema Vanguard Award honoring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG® Australia, will jointly honor Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones with the Cinema Vanguard Award on Thursday, January 29, 2015. The actors will be celebrated for their remarkable careers, including this year’s Focus Features release The Theory of Everything, with a tribute at the Arlington Theatre during the 30th edition of the Festival.

Virtuosos Award honoring Chadwick Boseman, Ellar Coltrane, Logan Lerman, David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, J.K. Simmons and Jenny Slate

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival continues its tradition of honoring the year’s standout performers by presenting The 2015 Virtuosos Award to Chadwick Boseman (Get on Up), Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood), Logan Lerman (Fury), David Oyelowo (Selma), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) and Jenny Slate (Obvious Child), it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. The Award presentation, sponsored by Travel + Leisure, will take place Sunday, February 1, 2015 at the Arlington Theatre at the 30th edition of the festival, which runs January 27 – February 7, 2015.

American Riviera Award honoring Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG® Australia, is delighted to present the 2015 American Riviera Award to actors Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke at the 30th edition of the Fest, which runs Tuesday, January 27 through Saturday, February 7, 2015. This is the first time the award will be bestowed upon two honorees, who will be honored with a Tribute celebrating their careers, including their remarkable collaboration in Richard Linklater’s critically acclaimed epic “Boyhood,” it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. The Tribute will take place on Thursday, February 5, 2015.

SBIFF receives grant from the National Endowment of the Arts

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced today that Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is one of 919 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. SBIFF is to receive a $15,000 grant to support its educational programs, including a new film studies program that will bring 10 students from across the country.

Outstanding Performer of the Year Award honoring Steve Carell

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG® Australia, is proud to present the 2015 Outstanding Performer of the Year Award to Steve Carell on Friday, February 6, 2015. He will be honored with a Tribute celebrating his remarkable performance in Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher at the 30th edition of the festival, which runs January 27 – February 7, 2015.

Modern Master Award honoring Michael Keaton

Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor Michael Keaton with the Modern Master Award for the 30th anniversary edition of the Fest, which runs January 27 – February 7, 2015, it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. The Tribute will take place on Saturday, January 31st, 2015 at the historic Arlington Theatre.

The Attenborough Award Honoring the Cousteau Family

For the first time in 5 years, the SBIFF will present the Attenborough Award For Excellence in Nature Filmmaking to the Cousteau Family – Jean-Michel and his son and daughter Fabien and Celine — for their decades-long commitment to educating the public and discovering the mysteries of the ocean. The award will be presented on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at the Arlington Theatre.

2015 Opening Night Film “Desert Dancer”

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG® Australia, will kick off Opening Night with the U.S. Premiere of Relativity Studios’ Desert Dancer at the historic Arlington Theatre on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. Directed by Richard Raymond and starring Freida Pinto, Reece Ritchie, Nazanin Boniadi, Tom Cullen and Marmama Corlett, Desert Dancer tells the true story of a self-taught dancer pursuing a dream in a suppressed society.