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Opening Night Santa Barbara International Film Festival #SBIFF

Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider rolled out the welcome mat to a sold-out, energetic audience and then introduced “the-one-and-only Roger Durling,” the Festival’s Executive Director, at the opening of the 31st edition of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival inside the historic Arlington Theater in Santa Barbara, California, February 3rd, 2016.

(Credit: Larry Gleeson)

SBIFF Executive Roger Durling introduced The Little Prince director, Mark Osborne to a rollicking Arlington Theater audience. Osborne reminisced about how his wife had introduced him to the novel years ago and inspired him to make the film. In addition, Osborne credited his own daughter as inspiration for the character of the young girl and revealed that his son was the voice of the Little Prince. Soon after, star Mackenzie Foy appeared and mesmerized the crowd in a full-length evening gown as she gushed, “I’m honored to be a apart of this unique film.” Last but not least, local Santa Barbarian and long-time resident, Jeff Bridges, joined the group by saying he was looking forward to seeing the film in his hometown.

(Credit: YTS Digital Films)


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On Sunday, February 7th, Terrance Malick’s experiential KNIGHT OF CUPS will have its US Premiere at the Arlington Theatre as the festival’s Centerpiece Film.  The highly anticipated film stars Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Frieda Pinto, Isabel Lucas, Imogen Poots, Wes Bentley, Brian Dennehy and Teresa Palmer, among others. Xavier Giannoli’s funny and emotional drama MARGUERITE will close out the festival on Saturday, February 13th. 1921, the beginning of the Golden Twenties. Not far from Paris. For information on tickets, passes and packages click here.

If air travel is required for your attendance, Alaska Airlines, the official airline for the 31st Santa Barbara International Film Festival, is offering 10% discounts on airfare between Santa Barbara, Los Angeles or Burbank, California and any of Alaska Airlines departure cities (excluding Hawaii, Mexico, Costa Rica and Prudhoe Bay) now through February 16th, 2016. Book by February 16, 2016.  Click here. Discounts are automatically applied. Restrictions apply. See site for details.

Santa Barbara International Film Festival


31st SBIFF


Roger Durling, Executive Director, Santa Barbara International Film Festival
(Photo credit: The Santa Barbara Independent)

The 31st Santa Barbara International Film Festival 

The 31st Santa Barbara International Film Festival is set to open Wednesday February 3, 2016 and run through Saturday February 13, 2016. There will be 200 Films, Filmmaker Q&A’s, Panel Discussions, Celebrity Tributes,  Daily FREE Community Events, and  Educational Programs FOR ALL AGES.


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Son Of Saul

(From right to left, Actor Geza Rohrig, Director Lazlo Nemes, and Santa Barbara International Film Festival Executive Director, Roger Durling immediately following the screening of Son of Saul, at the Riviera Theater in Santa Barbara, Calif. Photo by William Conlin. Courtesy of Santa Barbara International Film Festival)

After missing Son of Saul during the American Film Institute’s 2015 AFI FEST film festival, I viewed a screening with the Santa Barbara Cinema Society. Here is a clip from the American Film Institute with Son of Saul Director Lazlo Nemes and actor Geza Rohrig on the film: