INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALSanta Barbara, California - USA
February 1 to 11, 2017
In the Spotlight today is the 32nd Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival(SBIFF), an Oscar-qualifying showcase for unforgettable American independent cinema alongside many of the best films from every corner of the globe. A long-respected staple of the international film circuit, SBIFF takes full advantage of its gorgeous surroundings in a destination city known as the American Riviera that thrives on art, culture, food, wine, and the outdoors. With more than 200 films on display (and more than 90,000 film fans in attendance), SBIFF stands tall as one of the most beloved festivals on the film scene.
Featuring over 100 US and World Premieres, SBIFF has increasingly attracted some of the world's top distributors as well as industry critics and reporters from Variety, Hollywood Reporter and IndieWire, offering invaluable exposure for filmmakers. SBIFF is characterized by a competitive selection of international narrative and documentary cinema, creative sidebars that reflect the community including a focus of wine/food, dance, surfing and wildlife, and a robust shorts program. Several Academy Award-winning shorts that launched at SBIFF include Mr. Hublot, Head Over Heels, and The Orchestra.
The Festival now has a growing acquisitions program that allows accredited distributors to screen available films premiering at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and access to the filmmaker lounge, where filmmakers have the opportunity to meet potential buyers. A number of films have gone on to receive distribution following their premiere here including Caffeinated, Night Has Settled, Stereotypically You, U Want Me 2 Kill Him?, Bang Bang Baby and Siddharth, to name a few.
September 16, 2016 - Regular Deadline
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MISSION AND OBJECTIVE
Now in its 32nd year, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts and educational organization with a mission to engage, enrich and inspire people through film.
MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
US filmmakers are entitled to one complimentary night at one of SBIFF's sponsoring partner hotels, while International filmmakers are eligible for three complimentary nights. The festival is set to award a $60,000 USD camera package and some competition sections include cash awards. Each film is eligible for two platinum passes, which gives filmmakers priority access to all screenings, tributes, panels and special events, including SBIFF's filmmaker's lounge at the UGG Pavilion which features daily happy hours and provides filmmakers with networking opportunities.
Whether you have a short or a full-length feature, filmmakers thrive in Santa Barbara - submit your film today!
Friday, September 9, 2016
Thursday, September 8, 2016
TIFF 2016, in its 41st edition, starts its 11 days session on September 8 to an awe-inspiring over-kill of festival films. The Oscar contenders dominate but there is choice a-plenty in its sumptuous menu of different genres. The immense challenge is how and what to choose in this mammoth maze of films.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Sunday, September 4, 2016
The Dallas Film Society announces
Call For Entries for 11th edition of the
Dallas International Film Festival
(March 30-April 9)
The Dallas International Film Festival today announced a Call for Entries for the 11th edition of the film festival which will take place next year March 30-April 9.
Led by Executive Director Lee Papert and Artistic Director James Faust, DIFF screens feature films, short films, films, television, and virtual reality projects for one of the most enthusiastic and film savvy audiences in the country. Dallas is noted for its red carpet entrances, entertaining Q&As moderated by the festival staff and local journalists, press junkets, filmmaker panels, social events, and community involvement with the daily filmmaker liaison services provided for its attending filmmakers.
During the past 10 years, the Festival has featured the finest in U.S. and international cinema, including 1,687 films representing more than 61 countries, and has presented more than $740,000 in awards. The Festival completed a successful 2016 run in April with 172 films, representing 31 countries and attendance of over 27,000.
Faust said, “For the past decade, the Dallas International Film Festival has been a leader in the state of Texas, as well as the Southwest, introducing audiences to the best of international and independent cinema, as well as celebrating and promoting the work of local filmmakers.”
Narrative Feature Competition
Documentary Feature Competition
Texas Feature Competition
Other film categories featured at the Festival are:
Deep Ellum Sounds (Music Films)
The Festival presents the following awards:
Grand Jury Prize — Narrative Feature
Grand Jury Prize — Documentary Feature
Grand Jury Prize — Texas Competition, presented by Panavision (winner receives a camera rental package valued at $30,000)
Grand Jury Prize – Short Film
Grand Jury Prize – Animated Short Film, presented by REEL FX
Grand Jury Prize – Student Short Film
In 2017 the Audience Awards will be presented by the Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation. The award for Best Narrative Feature and Documentary Feature will carry a $2000 cash prize and Best Short film will receive $1000.
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ABOUT THE DALLAS FILM SOCIETY
The Dallas Film Society celebrates films and their impact on society. A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Dallas Film Society recognizes and honors filmmakers for their achievements in enhancing the creative community, provides educational programs to students to develop a better understanding of the role of film in today’s world, and promotes the City of Dallas and its commitment to the art of filmmaking. The annual Dallas International Film Festival is a presentation of the Dallas Film Society and has been named by Movie Maker Magazine as one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World.” In addition to producing one of the largest festivals in the Southwest, the Society produces numerous year round events, screening series and programs in partnership with arts organizations around the city. The offices of the Dallas Film Society are located at 3625 North Hall Street, Suite 740, Dallas, TX 75219. For more information about the Dallas Film Society and its ongoing events, visit www.dallasfilm.org or call (214) 720-0555.