Santa Barbara Film Festival Announces 2018 Winners


Posted by Larry Gleeson


The 33rd annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced its award-winning films over breakfast this morning at the Fess Parker Double Tree Resort’s Rodney Grill. In addition, volunteer recognition was made.

Skid Row Marathon was the Audience Choice Award winner. Other winners included:

Best Documentary Short Film Award: Kyle Morrison’s MOTT HAVEN
Bruce Corwin Award – Best Live Action Short Film: Richard Van’s AUDITION
Bruce Corwin Award – Best Animated Short Film: Randall Christopher’s THE DRIVER IS RED
Best Documentary Award: Grant Korgan and Geoff Callan’s THE PUSH
Jeffrey C. Barbakow Award – Best International Feature Film: Gjorce Stavreski’s SECRET INGREDIENT (Iscelitel)
Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema: Molly McGlynn’s MARY GOES ROUND
Nueva Vision Award for Spain/Latin America Cinema: Pablo Solarz’s THE LAST SUIT (El último traje)
Special Mention: Denny Brechner, Alfonso Guerrero and Marcos Hecht’s GET THE WEED (Misión no oficial)
Valhalla Award for Best Nordic Film: Antti-Jussi Annila’s THE ETERNAL ROAD (Ikitie)
ADL Stand Up Award: Talya Tibbon and Joshua Bennett’s SKY AND GROUND
Social Justice Award for Documentary Film: Ludovic Bonleux’s GUERRERO

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts and educational organization dedicated to discovering and showcasing the best in independent and international cinema. Over the past 32 years, SBIFF has become one of the leading film festivals in the United States – attracting 100,000 attendees and offering 11 days of 200+ films, tributes and symposiums, fulfilling their mission to engage, enrich, and inspire the Santa Barbara community through film.

Sponsors of the 33rd SBIFF include: UGG®, Belvedere Vodka, Toyota Mirai, City of Santa Barbara, Amazon Studios, Dom Pérignon, ADL, Montecito Bank & Trust, Visit the Santa Ynez Valley, IMDBpro, Santa Barbara Foundation, Union Bank, Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation, Patagonia, Winchester Mystery House, Pacific Standard, Riordan Foundation, Lynda Weinman & Bruce Heavin, Volentine Family Foundation, and many more supporting through trade.

SBIFF continues its commitment to education and the community through free programs like its 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking and Screenwriting Competitions, Mike’s Field Trip to the Movies, National Film Studies Program, AppleBox Family Films, 3rd Weekend and educational seminars. In June of 2016, SBIFF entered a new era with the acquisition of the historic and beloved Riviera Theatre.  The theatre is SBIFF’s new home and is the catalyst for program expansion and marks the first time that Santa Barbara has had a 24/7 community center to expand their mission of educational outreach.