Santa Barbara Film Festival
Santa Barbara Film Festival

Now that the Academy Award show has set its dates, so is everyone else. Award-centric Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which books its tribute shows with an eye on the Oscars, will launch the 28th SBIFF on Thursday, January 24, 2013; it will run through Sunday, February 3. SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling, who added an acquisitions program to last year's eleven-day fest of indie and foreign films, Q & As and panels (which attracted more than 70,000 visitors), is now prepping the 28th edition.

Festival passes and packages go on sale May 1 and are discounted at 25% until June 25.