Film buffs get ready! The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) returns this year from Feb 8-18, 2023, at the amazing Riviera Theatre. The SBIFF is an annual event that celebrates and showcases the best in independent and international cinema. Founded in 1986, SBIFF has grown into one of the premier film festivals in the world, attracting top talent from around the globe each February. They passionately pursue their mission, which is to engage, enrich, and inspire through the power of film!

SBIFF screens hundreds of films each year in a variety of categories, including feature films, documentaries, shorts, and student films. The festival also hosts a number of special events, including panels with industry professionals, workshops, and red-carpet events.

One of the highlights of the SBIFF is the “Tribute” series, in which the festival pays homage to some of the most talented and influential figures in the film industry. Past honorees have included Meryl Streep, Martin Scorsese, and Tom Hanks.  Honorees and award winners this year include such notables as Angela Bassett, Cate Blanchett, Jamie Lee Curtis, Brendan Fraser, and more!

In addition to showcasing the best in film, SBIFF also focuses on education and outreach. The festival offers a number of educational programs and workshops for students, as well as internships and mentorship opportunities for aspiring filmmakers.

SBIFF is more than just a film festival – it’s a celebration of cinema and a platform for talented artists to share their work with the world. Whether you’re a film buff, a filmmaker, or just someone who loves a good story, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival is an event that you won’t want to miss.  And Haller Coastal Homes is proud to have a broad offering of vacation rentals that are perfect for your stay!