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The 33rd Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival - January 31 through February 10, 2018

November 16, 2017

The 33rd festival will run from Wednesday, January 31st through Saturday, February 10th 2018. Festival events will be held throughout Santa Barbara, including the Arlington Theatre and the newly restored historic Riviera Theatre.

“After another fantastic year, we are ready to hit the ground running for 2018,” said Roger Durling, Executive Director of SBIFF. “We look forward to continuing our growth and bringing exciting new developments to the Santa Barbara community, and we plan to make our 33rd installment the best festival yet.”

In addition to screening numerous films over the years, including countless US and World Premieres, SBIFF is known for programs such as the prestigious Tribute Honor which counts Emma Stone, Casey Affleck, Mahershala Ali, Damien Chazelle, and Janelle Monáe among recipients, and the acclaimed Panel Series, where accomplished industry guests come together for lively and revealing discussions, which make the festival a key stop in the award season race.

Highlights of this year’s SBIFF include:

Opening Night Film
premiering Emilio Estevez’ “the public”
Wednesday January 31 @ 8:00pm
Arlington Theatre

Cinema Vanguard Award Honoring Willem Dafoe
Thursday February 1 @ 8:00pm
Arlington Theatre

Maltin Modern Master Award Honoring Gary Oldman
Friday February 2 @ 8:00pm
Arlington Theatre

Virtuosos Award
honoring Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out)
Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman)
Hong Chau (Downsizing)
John Boyega (Detroit)
Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick)
Mary J. Blige (Mudbound)
and Timothée Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name)
Saturday February 3 @ 8:00pm
Arlington Theatre

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