31st SBIFF

Wednesday February 3 – Saturday February 13, 2016
200 Films + Celebrity Tributes + Panel Discussions + Filmmaker Q&A’s + Daily FREE Community Events + Educational Programs FOR ALL AGES
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Outstanding Directors of the Year Award

Lenny Abrahamson (ROOM), Alejandro G. Iñárritu (THE REVENANT), Tom McCarthy (SPOTLIGHT), Adam McKay (THE BIG SHORT), and George Miller (MAD MAX: FURY ROAD) to receive the Outstanding Directors of the Year Award on Thursday February 11th at the Arlington Theatre.
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Montecito Award

Sylvester Stallone will receive their prestigious Montecito Award for his critically acclaimed role in Ryan Coogler’s Creed. Given to a person in the entertainment industry whose has made a great contribution to film, the award will be presented to him at a ceremony on Tuesday, February 9th at the historic Arlington Theatre.
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Opening Night Film + Gala - The Little Prince

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will open with the U.S. premiere of Paramount Pictures’ “THE LITTLE PRINCE” at the Arlington Theatre on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016. Directed by Mark Osborne and featuring the voices of Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Ricky Gervais, James Franco, Mackenzie Foy, and Benicio Del Toro, “THE LITTLE PRINCE” is based on the classic tale of the same name by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
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Centerpiece Film - Knight of Cups

On Sunday, February 7th, Terrance Malick’s experiential KNIGHT OF CUPS will have its US Premiere at the Arlington Theatre as the festival’s Centerpiece Film. The highly anticipated film stars Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Frieda Pinto, Isabel Lucas, Imogen Poots, Wes Bentley, Brian Dennehy and Teresa Palmer, among others.
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Closing Night Film - Marguerite

Xavier Giannoli’s funny and emotional drama MARGUERITE will close out the festival on Saturday, February 13th.
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Outstanding Performers of the Year Award

SBIFF is proud to present the 2016 Outstanding Performers of the Year award to both Brie Larson and Saoirse Ronan on Monday February 8. This is the first time the award will be given to two honorees. Both Larson and Ronan had previously been awarded the festival’s Virtuoso Award, in 2014 and 2010 respectively. The duo will be celebrated for their remarkable performances in Room and Brooklyn.
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Cinema Vanguard Award

SBIFF will honor Rooney Mara with the Cinema Vanguard Award on Friday, February 12, 2016. The actress will be celebrated for her remarkable role in this year’s Carol alongside Cate Blanchett, who will present Mara with the award at a tribute at the Arlington Theatre.
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Virtuosos Award

SBIFF’s 2016 Virtuosos Award, created to recognize a select group of actors who have distinguished themselves through performances in film this past year, will honor: Elizabeth Banks (Love & Mercy), Paul Dano (Youth, Love & Mercy), Joel Edgerton (Black Mass), O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Straight Outta Compton), Géza Röhrig (Son of Saul), Jacob Tremblay (Room) and Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl, Ex Machina). The tribute will take place Saturday February 6, 2016 at the Arlington Theatre.
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American Riviera Award

Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams will be honored with the 2016 American Riviera Award at the 31st SBIFF. This is the first time the award will be given to three honorees, who will be fêted with a Tribute celebrating their careers, culminating with their powerhouse collaboration in Tom McCarthy’s blisteringly true drama “Spotlight.” The film recently opened to critical acclaim. The tribute will take place Friday February 5, 2016 at the Arlington Theatre.
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Maltin Modern Master Award

Johnny Depp is set to receive the newly renamed Maltin Modern Master Award at the 31st SBIFF. Previously known as The Modern Master Award the honor was renamed this year to honor the famed film critic who has moderated the event for over 25 years. The award will be presented on Thursday, February 4th at Santa Barbara’s historic Arlington Theatre.
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Kirk Douglas Award

What an amazing evening we had with three remarkable women. We were tremendously honored to present Jane Fonda with the Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film. Thank you to everyone that supported the evening. All proceeds raised will benefit our educational programs.
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Cinema Society - The Revenant

At Cinema Society we hosted writer Mark L. Smith following a screening of his film THE REVENANT on Sunday, December 20, 2015

Cinema Society - 45 Years

At Cinema Society we hosted director Andrew Haigh following a screening of his film 45 YEARS on Saturday, December 19, 2015

Cinema Society - Anomalisa

At Cinema Society we hosted Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson, & Rosa Tran following a screening of their film ANOMALISA on Sunday, December 13, 2015

Cinema Society - Joy

At Cinema Society we hosted Diane Ladd and writer/director David O. Russell following a screening of their film JOY on Sunday, December 6, 2015

Cinema Society - The Danish Girl

At Cinema Society we hosted director Tom Hooper following a screening of his film THE DANISH GIRL on Saturday, December 5, 2015

Cinema Society - Concussion

At SBIFF’s Cinema Society we hosted Will Smith, writer/director Peter Landesman and the man who inspired the film Dr. Bennet Omalu following a screening of their film CONCUSSION on Sunday, November 22, 2015

Cinema Society - Steve Jobs

At SBIFF’s Cinema Society we hosted Danny Boyle following a screening of his film STEVE JOBS on Sunday, November 15, 2015

Cinema Society - Son of Saul

At SBIFF’s Cinema Society we hosted writer/director László Nemes and actor Géza Röhrig following a screening of their film SON OF SAUL on Saturday, November 14, 2015

Cinema Society - Carol

At SBIFF’s Cinema Society we hosted the remarkable Rooney Mara, director Todd Haynes and writer Phyllis Nagy following a screening of their beautiful film CAROL on Sunday, November 8, 2015

Cinema Society - Beasts of No Nation

At SBIFF’s Cinema Society we hosted director Cary Joji Fukunaga following a screening of his film BEASTS OF NO NATION on Saturday, November 7, 2015

Cinema Society - Spotlight

At SBIFF’s Cinema Society we hosted the masterful writer/director Tom McCarthy following a screening of one of the best films of the year SPOTLIGHT

Cinema Society - Brooklyn

At SBIFF’s Cinema Society we hosted the extraordinary Saoirse Ronan, director John Crowley and producer Finola Dwyer following a screening of BROOKLYN on Saturday, October 31, 2015

Cinema Society - Room

At SBIFF’s Cinema Society we hosted the amazing Brie Larson following a screening of her remarkable new film ROOM on Saturday, October 24, 2015

Cinema Society - Black Mass

At SBIFF’s Cinema Society we hosted Director Scott Cooper and Producer John Lesher following a screening of their powerful new film BLACK MASS on Sunday, September 20, 2015

Cinema Society - Trumbo

At SBIFF’s Cinema Society we hosted director Jay Roach and writer John McNamara following a screening of their film TRUMBO on Sunday, October 25, 2015

Cinema Society - 99 Homes

At SBIFF’s Cinema Society we hosted Writer/director/producer Ramin Bahrani following a screening of his film 99 HOMES on Saturday, September 26, 2015

Cinema Society - Grandma

At SBIFF’s Cinema Society we hosted writer/director Paul Weitz following a screening of his film GRANDMA on Saturday, August 8, 2015

Cinema Society - The End of the Tour

At Cinema Society we hosted director James Ponsoldt and actor Jason Segel following a screening of their film THE END OF THE TOUR on Saturday, July 11, 2015

Cinema Society - Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

At Cinema Society we hosted director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and actors Olivia Cooke, Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler following a screening of their film ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL on Saturday, June 6, 2015

31st SBIFF - February 3 - 13, 2016

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Announcements

Outstanding Directors of the Year Award

Lenny Abrahamson, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Tom McCarthy, Adam McKay and George Miller will receive the 2016 Outstanding Directors of the Year award. They will each be celebrated individually for their films ROOM, THE REVENANT, SPOTLIGHT, THE BIG SHORT and MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, respectively. The individual honors will be followed by a joint conversation between the directors on their craft and the landscape of modern day filmmaking. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, February 11th at the historic Arlington Theatre.

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Montecito Award honoring Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone will receive their prestigious Montecito Award for his critically acclaimed role in Ryan Coogler’s Creed. Given to a person in the entertainment industry whose has made a great contribution to film, the award will be presented to him at a ceremony on Tuesday, February 9th at the historic Arlington Theatre.

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2016 SBIFF Film Lineup Announced

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), presented by UGG, announced today the highly-anticipated line-up for the 31st edition, which will run February 3rd to February 13th, 2016. The festival will offer a vast array of films representing 60+ countries, 52 world premieres and 53 US premieres, along with tributes with the year’s top talent, panel discussions, and free community education and outreach.

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