2007 Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Schedule and Festival Features

January 25-February 24, 2007
Santa Barbara, California


SBIFF continues the popular “Conversation With...” series, which features a screening of some of the year’s best films, followed by intimate conversations with stars from those films.

Conversations scheduled so far include: Jackie Earle Haley, with a screening of “Little Children” (scheduled for Tuesday, January 30); Djimon Honsou, with a screening of “Blood Diamond” (scheduled for Wednesday, January 31); and Michael Apted, prior to the screening of “49 Up” (scheduled for Thursday, February 1). Other “Conversations With” to be announced at a later date.


The SBIFF has become renowned for creating smart, insightful and informative panels that feature a veritable who’s who in the world of filmmaking, including many Oscar contenders.

Each of the panels will take place at the Lobero Theatre, beginning with the “Directors on Directing” panel on Saturday, January 27 at 11:00 a.m., sponsored by Variety and moderated by Editor-in-Chief Peter Bart, followed by the famed “It Starts With the Script” panel at 2:00 p.m., sponsored by Pacifica Graduate Institute and moderated by Hollywood Reporter columnist Anne Thompson.

On Sunday, January 28, at 11:00 a.m. is the “Movers and Shakers” panel of this year’s top producers, moderated by Los Angeles Times columnist Patrick Goldstein and sponsored by iO Film. Saturday, February 3, 11:00 a.m., is the “Creative Forces: Women in the Biz” panel co-sponsored by Sandy Stahl and supported in part by Girls Inc., moderated by Madelyn Hammond, Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Retail for Landmark Theatres, and featuring women from all aspects of filmmaking.

The popular “Scoring the Film” panel will follow at 2:00 p.m., featuring today’s hardest working composers and moderated by USC Radio host/film critic Jim
Svejda. Panelists will be announced soon.


For the second year in a row, the SBIFF will provide video podcasts of the Festival activities, with the help of Mediatrust and their leading-edge technology. Designed to bring the art of filmmaking to the broadest possible audience, the video podcasts will provide visitors with a look “behind the scenes” in a series of interviews with directors, producers, actors, and others.

“The podcasts will deliver a level of exposure to Festival participants that can’t be attained at other festivals,” says Durling. “Our local audience will have the opportunity to view podcasts that include the industry’s most interesting talent for a period of time following the dates of our Santa Barbara event.”

You can also get daily updates, special information, Festival insights, and even a recommendation or two, on SBIFF Director Roger Durling’s blog, “The Film Geek Confidential.” Log onto www.sbiff.org/blog2 or www.filmgeekconfidential.com daily. Roger will be constantly blogging, along with contributors Josh Murray and Joseph Matheny, leading up to and throughout the festival.


The SBIFF takes its commitment to the young people of our community to heart and with enthusiasm. Artful cinema can educate as well as entertain. Following are just a few of the programs the Festival will offer:

10-10-10 Student Screenwriting Competition and Sotheby’s International Realty 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking Competition – The Screenwriting Competition is comprised of 10 students who were selected out of 65 submissions from Santa Barbara high school and college students who submitted a 10-page sample of their best fiction writing - screenplay, stage play, or short story - to their school’s representative.

The five best script samples were chosen from the high school level and five from the college level. The finalists are then assigned a storyline and an industry professional to mentor them during the writing of their screenplay. Finalists will meet with their mentor throughout the process, submitting their final draft in January 2007.

The 10 student screenplays will then be matched with a category-appropriate Filmmaking finalist from the Sotheby’s International Realty 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking Competition, which consists of 10 students selected from 30 submissions, who will then produce a 10-minute film during the 10 days of the 22nd Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

APPLE BOX – A Free Family Festival for Children – The SBIFF will produce Apple Box, a family film festival for children during the mornings of the two weekends that bookend the festival - January 27 and January 28 and on February 3 and February 4 from 9:00 am until 10:30 am. Children’s films, including Happy Feet, Cars and Monster House, will be shown continuously all morning for age groups 2 – 12 at the Metro 4 Theatres. Screenings will be specifically programmed for each age group.

The program will enable children to see wonderful movies that are not easily accessible, in a festive, entertaining and supportive environment. Clowns, jugglers, face painters and stilt walkers will be present to entertain the kids as well!

Field Trip to the Movies– SBIFF provides a fascinating and thought-provoking film, study guides, and transportation to “Field Trip to the Movies” as part of our Reel Nature series for over 3,000 under-privileged 6th graders in Santa Barbara County.

This year SBFF again partner with the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History for this educational program which will include an opportunity for students to explore intriguing facts and new research about the natural world as they view a film, engage in discussion, and participate in an interactive film-creating experience with industry professionals.

The purpose of “Field Trip to the Movies” is to inspire and excite the curiosity of children about their natural world, while at the same time assisting them in imagining themselves in the roles of filmmaker and naturalist. “Field Trip to the Movies: is sponsored by Wells Fargo and supported by The Wood-Claeyssens Foundation

3RD Weekend --The SBIFF will continue their tradition established last year by presenting the “3RD Weekend,” which will feature the highlights of the 22nd Festival for Santa Barbara residents. The winning films will be screened throughout the weekend of February 9-11 at the Riviera Theatre, sponsored in part by Horny Toad. Screenings are free and tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis at the Riviera Theatre. Screening times will be posted on the SBIFF website at www.sbiff.org in the days following Closing Night.

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