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Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2013

Now in its 28th year, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching local culture and raising consciousness of film as an art form and continues to be an essential stop on the road to the Oscars. SBIFF is hosted in Santa Barbara, California.

SBIFF 2013: A Quick Preview

Reviews and commentary by Madelyn Ritrosky and Jared Winslow

Santa Barbara International Film FestivalThe 28th edition of SBIFF offers a vast array of films representing 49 countries and a rich selection of films sure to delight audiences from all reaches of the globe.

SBIFF welcomes many promising and established filmmakers, as well as honorees to join in its grand tradition of celebrating independent film. The Festival begins Thursday, January 24, 2013 and continues through Sunday, February 3, 2013.
"As we deliver the 10th edition of SBIFF under my helm, I feel this year’s festival offerings are the most varied, mature and fun we’ve ever had,” remarks SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling.

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is proud to have been selected by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to be an official Academy Award®-qualifying festival, giving the winners of the Bruce Corwin Awards for Best Live Action Short Under 30 Minutes and Best Animation Short Film eligibility to be nominated for the prestigious Oscars®.


SBIFF 2013 will kick off at the historic Arlington Theatre with the U.S. Premiere of LD Entertainment’s Disconnect, directed by Henry-Alex Rubin and starring Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Andrea Riseborough, Alexander Skarsgård and Max Thieriot.  

Disconnect holds a mirror up to our community and our obsession with all things technical. The story introduces us to a vast collection of characters: A lawyer, an estranged couple, a widowed ex-cop and an ambitious journalist who are all strangers, neighbors and colleagues whose stories collide in this compelling drama about ordinary people desperate for a human connection.

Filmed with a somewhat voyeuristic style, Disconnect marks the first fiction feature from Henry-Alex Rubin, director of the Oscar-nominated documentary Murderball, from an original screenplay by Andrew Stern.

Opening night, sponsored by Studio 7 and The Hollywood Reporter, will take place at the Arlington Theatre on Thursday, January 24, 2013, with director and cast expected to attend.
On Closing Night, SBIFF proudly presents the U.S. Premiere of Wasteland, written and directed by Rowan Athale, marking his feature directing debut, and starring Matthew Lewis, Timothy Spall and Iwan Rheon.  

In this exhilarating heist thriller, a young ex-con hooks up with his best mates to embark on a wild — and risky — revenge scheme after being framed by a local drug kingpin.  Closing night, sponsored by The Santa Barbara Independent, will take place at the Arlington Theatre on Sunday, February 3, with director and cast expected to attend.


SBIFF will present an International Gala Screening of Pablo Larraín’s film, “No,” starring Gael Garcia Bernal.

The film, which is about an ad executive comes up with a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile's 1988 referendum, was a favorite at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and winner of their Art Cinema Award.  Director Pablo Larraín and Gael Garcia Bernal will attend.


SBIFF will continue its commitment to feature exciting, culturally enlightening, and entertaining programming and sidebars.  155 films from around the world will be brought together to form an incredibly unique and diverse festival experience.
Films in the 28th edition of the festival will compete in the following categories:

  • THE FUND FOR SANTA BARBARA SOCIAL JUSTICE, a slate of unforgettable documentary stories.

Additional sidebars include

  • APPLEBOX, a slate of family films offered free to the community, co-presented by Children’s Museum of Santa Barbara and also sponsored by Chipotle Mexican Grill, Citrix, KPMR Univision, Metropolitan Theatres Corporation and RealD.
  • CINESONIC: feature films about iconic musicians that have changed the sonic landscape and pushed cinema in new directions.
  • KOLNOA: a selection of films that examine Israel from a variety of diverse historical, cultural and political perspectives.
  • PAN ASIA: an exciting new sidebar that features some of cinema’s most cutting-edge auteurs.  Glistening cityscapes, gritty urban underworlds and panoramic rural landscapes shape this diverse selection of films that explore contemporary life and culture in Asia.
  • REEL NATURE, a retrospective of films by renowned Documentary filmmaker and nature cinematographer Mike deGruy.
  • SANTA BARBARA FILMMAKERS, sponsored by CASA Magazine and Samy’s Camera.
  • SCREEN CUISINE: celebrates the culinary delights of cinema and highlights sustainable practices of today’s farmers, chefs and entrepreneurs.
  • SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS:  A selection of internationally award winning films as well as special screenings out of competition.
  • TO THE MAXXX, a Santa Barbara specialty, programmed by Santa Barbara filmmaker Russ Spencer and features the best in sports films and documentaries, sponsored by Alaska Airlines.


SBIFF has become an important showcase for Academy-Award® frontrunners, many of whom have arrived as nominees and gone on to win the Oscar.   The 28th Santa Barbara International Film Festival proudly celebrates some of the year’s finest work in film.  The complete list of 2013 Honorees (in date order) is as follows:

  • Ben Affleck will receive the esteemed Modern Master Award, Presented bylynda.com, moderated by longtime SBIFF friend and film historian Leonard Maltin on Friday, January 25 at the Arlington Theatre.
  • Daniel Day-Lewis will receive the Montecito Award, moderated by Hollywood Reporter columnist Scott Feinberg on Saturday, January 26 at the Arlington Theatre.  Sponsored by Bridlewood Estate Winery.
  • 2013 Virtuosos Award, presented to Ann Dowd (Compliance), Elle Fanning(Ginger & Rosa), Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being A Wallflower), Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables), Omar Sy (The Intouchables) and Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild), in recognition of the year’s emerging film artists.  The evening will be moderated by Dave Karger, Chief Correspondent at Fandango and host of "The Frontrunners" on http://Fandango.com, on Tuesday, January 29 at the Lobero Theatre.
  • Amy Adams will receive the Cinema Vanguard Award on Thursday, January 31 at the Arlington Theatre.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio will receive the American Riviera Award on Friday, February 1, moderated by longtime friend and Awards strategist at Deadline, Pete Hammond at the Arlington Theatre.
  • Jennifer Lawrence will receive the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award,moderated by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling on Saturday, February 2 at the Arlington Theatre.  Sponsored by UGG® Australia.

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