SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Santa Barbara, California – USA
January 24 to February 3, 2013

The 28th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), is a highly-anticipated eleven-day celebration of cinema taking place in one of California’s most beautiful seaside communities. SBIFF is proud to present a diverse slate of more than 200 films to over 70,000 film enthusiasts – an audience that includes industry professionals from nearby Los Angeles and around the world, local and regional film fans, and a large student population. Among a mix of attendees this varied and energized, attending filmmakers and guests alike are sure to expand their network and encounter incredible new stories.

Well-timed just a few weeks before the Academy Awards each year, SBIFF has become a glamorous must-stop for frontrunners on the awards season fast-track. The festival has developed a reputation as a strong prognosticator of Oscar favorites, having recognized Colin Firth’s performance in A Single Man, Viola Davis’s performance in The Help, Helen Mirren’s performance in The Queen, and Heath Ledger’s performance in Brokeback Mountain with its Outstanding Performance of the Year Award. The festival is also an Academy-qualifying festival for winning live action and animated short films.

At SBIFF, all participating filmmakers are offered two Platinum Passes and one complimentary night at one of the festival’s partner hotels. Assistance with travel is also provided, as well as admission to the SBIFF hospitality suite at the centralized and convenient Santa Barbara Hotel, offering continental breakfast and all of the amenities expected from a world-class event. The screening venues at SBIFF are second-to-none, including the historic and beautifully restored Arlington Theatre, which seats over 2,000 people – a cinephile’s paradise.

UPCOMING DEADLINE
September 21, 2012 – Regular Deadline

MISSION AND OBJECTIVE
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching local culture and raising consciousness of film as an art form. It presents quality American Independent, Spanish and Latin American, European, World and Documentary cinema within the beautiful setting of downtown Santa Barbara, a perfect backdrop and premier tourist destination.

MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
SBIFF offers a broad spectrum of films, tributes, and galas, as well as seminars with successful directors, producers, and screenwriters, including a few all-women panels dedicated to promoting and exploring opportunities for female filmmakers. In addition to honoring many of Hollywood’s established and beloved stars, SBIFF is the home of the “10-10-10 Competition,” a spirited contest of storytelling skill between students currently enrolled in Santa Barbara high schools and colleges. Ten writers are selected to write one ten-minute script each, and those scripts are then matched with ten filmmaking students. Those students are given ten days to shoot and edit a ten-minute short film during the festival. Films are screened and winners are announced on closing night, making SBIFF the rare film festival experience that doesn’t simply screen films, but also produces them.

In addition, SBIFF offers an array of memorable and exciting programs for the benefit of young people, including “AppleBox,” a free, family-oriented, mini-film festival; “Field Trip to the Movies,” an arts education expedition for fifth- and sixth-graders; and “Silver Screen Bash,” the festival’s largest fundraiser for free children’s education and community outreach.

With a program that equally delights industry guests, film-loving families, and attending filmmakers of all types, Santa Barbara International Film Festival delivers a top-notch experience, no matter what you’re looking for. Submit your film today for the chance to enjoy the sights, sounds, sand, and cinema of Santa Barbara!

Santa Barbara International Film Festival

28 Annual January 24, 2013 to February 03, 2013

The SIBFF

 

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
Now in its 28th year, The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching local culture and raising consciousness of film as an art form. It presents quality American Independent, Spanish and Latin American, European, World and Documentary cinema within the beautiful setting of downtown Santa Barbara, a perfect backdrop and premier tourist destination in its own right. SBIFF will continue to build its acquisitions program with Traction Media, which highlights films for some of the world’s most viable distribution companies. SBIFF is also committed to educating our youth through the “10-10-10” youth filmmakers project and the unique “Field Trip to the Movies” program. With a projected audience of over 70,000, The Festival will screen more than 200 films over an eleven day period. SBIFF attracts an affluent, local, national and international consumer base, while maintaining strong ties with the entertainment industry in Los Angeles.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is an eleven day event held in the seaside resort 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 70,000 film enthusiasts. Our audience is a unique combination of film industry professionals, local, regional and International attendees, and a large student population.

In addition to showcasing a diverse spectrum of films, tributes and galas. SBIFF also offers seminars with industry professionals including Directors, Screenwriters, Producers and Women’s Panels, as well as provocative Q&A sessions with a diverse selection of filmmakers.

SBIFF has established itself as one of the premier international film festivals and we look forward to building on that success in 2013 and 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 educational and community outreach programs with the “10-10-10” youth filmmakers project, “Field Trip to the Movies” and “Applebox” which cumulatively served over 12,000 students and families during our last festival. Please visit our Website for more information on these and other SBIFF programs. http://www.sbfilmfestival.org

ORGANIZERS
Michael Albright (Programming Manager) ; Michal Wiesbrock (Director of Development) ; Mickey Dudevich (Programming Coordinator) ; Rodney Gould (Director of Operations) ; Rodney Gould (Director of Operations) ; Roger Durling (Executive Director) ; Sean Pratt (Operations Manager) ; Steve Blain (Managing Director)

GENERAL RULES
Each tape for projection must be labeled with name, filmmaker, Contact info, Running time and aspect ratio (4*3 or 16*9)

FILM ENTRY RULES

The accepted exhibition formats for our festival are :
35 mm – Optical, Dolby A, Dolby Digital only
Digibeta – 29.97 fps, Stereo
Sony HDCam – Sony HD cam only 23.98 fps and 59.94 fps, Audio is STEREO only

NOTE: These formats may vary depending on the category. Please check the submissions guidelines or contact programming@sbfilmfestival.org

All films must be in NTSC format. PAL is not accepted. It is the filmmakers responsibility to convert PAL to NTSC.

**FEE WAIVERS NOT AVAILABLE **

-Entry fee is non-refundable.

-For preview purposes, DVD (NTSC only) is preferred.
-DVDs MUST BE CLEARLY labeled on the spine with film title.

-Please do not send press kits with your screener unless requested.
-DVDs will not be returned.

-Films/videos that have received national U.S. network television (including cable) or theatrical release prior to Festival are not eligible.

-No music videos or commercials.

-More than one entry may be submitted. Each entry must be accompanied by its own online entry and entry fee.

-If your film is selected, original format prints will be due at the Festival offices no later than January 13th, 2012.

-The filmmaker will assume shipping costs of materials and print to SBIFF.

-Please DO NOT send in a press kit until AFTER you have received notification from SBFF.

-Upon acceptance, Filmmakers must agree to send no less than two high resolution digital screen shots to be used at the SBIFF’s discretion. Film posters will not be accepted.

-If your film is selected, you will be asked to provide: digital stills from the film; press materials; video trailer and digitized trailer for website (if available); posters and flyers.

-Titles produced in languages other than English must have legible English subtitles.

-Not all invited films officially selected will be eligible for competition.

-The selection committees’ and juries’ decisions are final.

-If selected, filmmaker gives SBIFF permission to audio-describe film for the sight-impaired.

-Title of work, WAB ID #, and name of entrant must be on all mailing containers and mailing labels, video boxes, photographs, videocassettes, film containers, cans, reels, and film leaders. Video boxes, film reels and cans must be numbered (1 of 2, 2 of 2, etc.).

-If paying by check, the check MUST include the film title and WAB ID #

-Import declaration statements: all non-U.S. entries must be sent via air mail registered with the declaration:

A) for 35mm films: “Free entry claimed under #724.10 (960.55) U.S. Tariff Act. To be returned following the Festival.”

B) for videotapes: “Free entry claimed under #724.12 (960.60) U.S. Tariff Act. To be returned following the Festival.” Entrants must assume all responsibility for clearing films and videotapes through U.S. and/or foreign customs officials.

-SBIFF reserves the right to make any necessary changes in regulations or Festival scheduling.