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David O Russell Lands Santa Barbara Fest’s Outstanding Director Award

By | Friday January 17, 2014 @ 4:51pm PST

russellSanta Barbara, CA – The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will present David O. Russell with the Outstanding Director Award at the 29th edition of the Fest, which runs Thursday, January 30 through Sunday, February 9, 2014, it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. The Tribute will take place at the Arlington Theatre on Friday, January 31.

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Tarantino Subs For DiCaprio At S.B. Fest

By | Wednesday January 23, 2013 @ 6:59pm PST

Quentin Tarantino will receive the Santa Barbara Film Festival‘s American Riviera Award on January 30th at the Arlington Theatre. Leonardo DiCaprio was to have received the award at the previously announced event on February 1 but could not attend because of scheduling conflicts. “We were obviously saddened by DiCaprio’s conflict, but blown away at the chance to honor Tarantino, one of the most stylistically daring directors who is an SBIFF favorite,” Executive Director Roger Durling said in a statement. Tarantino’s latest film Django Unchained is nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The American Riviera Award recognizes artists who have had a strong influence on American cinema. Past recipients include Martin Scorsese, Sandra Bullock and Mickey Rourke. The festival runs through February 3rd.

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Santa Barbara Film Festival Lineup Announced

By | Tuesday January 8, 2013 @ 10:20am PST

The Santa Barbara Film Festival has announced its 2013 lineup. The 28th edition features films from 49 countries and runs January 24-February 3. The Jason Bateman-starring drama Disconnect is the opening-night film and Rowan Athale’s Wasteland closes it. Here’s the full lineup of movies by category: Read More »

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Santa Barbara Festival To Honor Leonardo DiCaprio, ‘Disconnect’ Opening Night Pic

By | Wednesday January 2, 2013 @ 5:51pm PST

Director Henry-Alex Rubin’s Disconnect will open the 28th Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Written by Andrew Stern, the movie starring Jason Bateman and Hope Davis explores the way digital technologies that are intended to bring people closer together can increase the emotional distance between them. Rubin and members of the cast which also includes Frank Grillo, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Andrea Riseborough, Alexander Skarsgård and Max Thieriot are expected to attend the opening night event January 24th at the Arlington Theatre. The festival also will honor Leonardo DiCaprio, currently in theaters as the villainous slave owner Calvin Candie in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, with its American Riviera Award on February 1st. Previous recipients of the award that recognizes artists who have had a strong influence on American cinema include frequent DiCaprio collaborator Martin Scorsese and actors Sandra Bullock and Mickey Rourke. The festival runs through February 3rd.

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Santa Barbara Film Festival To Honor Daniel Day-Lewis

By | Tuesday December 18, 2012 @ 8:19am PST

EXCLUSIVE: The Lincoln star will receive the festival’s Montecito Award for his performance in the Steven Spielberg movie and his overall career. The tribute, which includes a conversation with the actor, is set for January 26 at the Arlington Theatre. Previous recipients of the honor, created in recognition of a performer who has given a series of classic and standout performances, has gone to the likes of Geoffrey Rush, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Javier Bardem, Naomi Watts and Annette Bening. “Daniel Day-Lewis continues to inspire the industry and the public by his approach to tackling the most complex of characters and delivering brilliant performances time after time,” Santa Barbara executive director Roger Durling said. “He is indicative of what the Montecito Award represents and we are thrilled to be presenting this to him this year.” The festival runs January 24-February 3.

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Santa Barbara To Honor Robert De Niro

By | Tuesday October 16, 2012 @ 3:30pm PDT

Santa Barbara, CA – Director, producer and Academy Award-winning actor ROBERT DE NIRO has been chosen to receive The Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s seventh annual KIRK DOUGLAS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM at a black-tie Gala dinner at Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara on Saturday, December 8, 2012. Mr. De Niro will accept this honor from Mr. Douglas in recognition of his exceptional career spanning over four and a half decades, leading up to this year’s highly anticipated Silver Linings Playbook for which he is already receiving accolades, including the Best Supporting Actor from the Hollywood Film Festival. De Niro will join an illustrious group of past recipients of the award including Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Quentin Tarantino, Ed Harris, John Travolta and Kirk Douglas himself. The Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film serves as a fundraiser for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by, which is set to run January 24 through February 3, 2013.

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