Santa Barbara International Film Festival

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Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Location Santa Barbara, California, USA
Language International

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is a film festival taking place in Santa Barbara, California.

History of Filmmaking in Santa Barbara[edit]

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 [1916] the studio cranked out 242 films. They continued to flourish until 1921.

Since then many other films have been made in the Santa Barbara area. More recent titles include, Of Mice and Men, Seabiscuit and Sideways.


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.


  • Modern Master Award
  • Montecito Award
  • Outstanding Performance of the Year
  • The American Riviera™ Award
  • Cinema Vanguard Award
  • Virtuosos Award
  • The Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema
  • The Best International Film Award
  • The Nueva Vision Award for the best Spanish/Latin American film
  • Best Documentary Film Award
  • Bruce Corwin Award for Best Live Action Short Film
  • Bruce Corwin Award for Best Animation Short Film
  • The Fund for Santa Barbara Social Justice Award
  • The Audience Choice Award
  • 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking Competition
  • 10-10-10 Student Screenwriting Competition

Outstanding Performance of the Year Award[edit]

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