Santa Barbara International Film Festival

39th Edition

Santa Barbara International Film Festival

when:February 7th - 17th, 2024
address:1528 Chapala Street, Suite 203
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
tel:+1 805-963-0023
deadline:December 8th, 2023
entry form:Submission at

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is a non-profit arts and educational organization with a mission to engage, enrich and inspire people through film.
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is an eleven day event held in the seaside city of Santa Barbara, California (90 minutes north of Los Angeles). SBIFF is proud to present a diverse slate of more than 200 films to over 90,000 film enthusiasts. Our audience is a unique combination of film industry professionals, local, regional and International attendees, and a large student population.
SBIFF has devoted sections for documentaries that address social justice issues, nature and oceanography, food and wine, and the performing arts. Additional sidebars highlight contemporary world cinema from Nordic countries, Israel, Eastern Europe, Asia and Spain/Latin America.
In addition to showcasing a diverse spectrum of films, tributes and galas. SBIFF also offers seminars with industry professionals including Directors, Writers, Producers and Women in the Business Panels, as well as Q&A sessions with a diverse selection of filmmakers.
SBIFF has established itself as one of the premiere international film festivals and we look forward to building on that success creating opportunities for participants to network with some of the world's leading independent distributors and filmmakers. In addition to expanding our slate each year to highlight emerging genres, styles and regions, SBIFF is growing our free children's educational and community outreach programs which cumulatively serve over 18,000 students and families. 
Awards & Prizes
All categories juried by industry professionals. Awards and prizes are subject to change
- Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema / Prize: camera package worth approximately $60,000 Award for Best Independent Film
- Jeffrey C. Barbakow Award for International Cinema / Award for Best International Film
- Nueva Vision Award / For the best Spanish-language film
- Best Documentary Award / For the best documentary feature
- Valhalla Award / For the best Nordic feature
- The Social Justice Award / For a documentary feature film that addresses social justice issues
- Bruce Corwin Award for Best Live Action Short Film / Winning film will be eligible for Academy Award nomination.
- Bruce Corwin Award for Best Animated Short Film / Winning film will be eligible for Academy Award nomination.
- Best Documentary Short Film / Audience Choice Award

  • Into My Name by Nicolò Bassetti: Social Justice Films

  • Red Shoes by Carlos Eichelmann Kaiser: Spanish and Latin American Cinema

  • Daughters by Nana Neul: Contemporary World Cinema

  • The Den by Beatrice Baldacci: Jeffery C. Barbakow International Cinema

  • Holy Care by Cristian Patanè: International Shorts

  • Small Body by Laura Samani: Crossing Borders

  • I Am Love by Luca Guadagnino: International Features

  • Vincere by Marco Bellocchio: International Features