Santa Barbara International Film Festival
|Santa Barbara International Film Festival|
|Location||Santa Barbara, California, USA|
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is a film festival and non-profit organization, established in 1985, that showcases independent American and international films. The SBIFF line-up includes 20 world premieres and 11 U.S. premieres, with newly expanded 11-day festival. Opening and closing night festivities take place at Santa Barbara's historic Arlington Theater.
History of Filmmaking in Santa Barbara 
Santa Barbara has historical roots in the filmmaking business.
In July 1912, American Film Manufacturing Company based out of Chicago had a studio branch in Santa Barbara nicknamed Matt R, which wasn’t doing so well. The Chicago office sent out Samuel Hutchinson to see if he could turn the company around, otherwise they were going to shut it down. He arrived and took the position as the main director for the company. This was at a time when cross-cutting and flashbacks were just being invented. The most popular genre at the time was the Western, with the Bronco Billy series being the most famous.
Flying A studios was built on an abandoned ostrich farm at the corner of Mission and Chapala streets. By 1913 the studio was cranking out a movie every third day. Movies were a lot shorter then, running about an average of 14 minutes. Business was booming. Flying A was expanding, hiring on more crew members, including Victor Fleming, who later went on to direct Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz. In  the studio cranked out 242 films. They continued to flourish until 1921.
One feature of the film festival is the 10-10-10 competition. Students currently enrolled in Santa Barbara area high schools and colleges are invited to submit either a 10 page sample of writing for the Screenwriting portion of the competition, or a five minute sample of their best filmmaking efforts for the directing portion. Ten writers are selected to write one 10-minute script each; the scripts are then matched with the ten filmmakers. Those students then have ten days to shoot and edit the completed ten-minute short film, during the ten days of the festival. Films are screened and winners are announced on closing night. A selection committee consisting of representatives from each school, Industry professionals and SBIFF representatives select the participants.
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is the first domestic film festival to offer video podcasts of their annual event.
- The American Spirit Award
- The Gold Vision Award
- The Best Foreign Film Award
- Nueva Vision Award
- Best Documentary
- BAFTA Award for Best Short Film
- Fund for Santa Barbara Social Justice Award
- Bruce Corwin Award for Best Live Action Short Film
- Bruce Corwin Award for Best Animation
- Sotheby's International Realty 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking Competition
- 10-10-10 Student Screenwriting Competition
- Audience Choice Award for Best Film
- Special Jury Selection
Outstanding Performance of the Year Award 
- 2013: Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook and The Hunger Games
- 2012: Viola Davis for The Help
- 2011: James Franco for 127 Hours
- 2010: Colin Firth for A Single Man
- 2009: Penélope Cruz for Elegy and Vicky Cristina Barcelona
- 2008: Angelina Jolie for A Mighty Heart
- 2007: Helen Mirren for The Queen
- 2006: Heath Ledger for Brokeback Mountain
- 2005: Kate Winslet for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Finding Neverland
- 2004: Charlize Theron for The Italian Job and Monster
- SBIFF Website
- Santa Barbara Film Commission
- IMDb SBIFF page
- Santa Barbara International Film Festival - A Photoessay by Scott London
- 2010 Film Schedule