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Santa Barbara Film Fest Announces 2014 Outstanding Director Award Winner

It's a good week for David O. Russell, who has just been named the winner of the 2014 Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Outstanding Director Award.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • January 17, 2014 8:01 PM
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Santa Barbara International Film Festival Reveals 2014 Lineup

The 29th Santa Barbara International Film Festival has unveiled it 2014 lineup. This year's fest is set to run January 30 through February 9.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 7, 2014 12:39 PM
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Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio to Receive Santa Barbara Film Fest's Cinema Vanguard Award

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is set to honor Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio with its Cinema Vanguard Award for the fest's 29th edition, running January 30 through February 9, 2014. The award presentation and evening tribute will take place on February 6 at the Arlington Theatre.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 2, 2014 11:39 AM
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Santa Barbara Film Fest and Film Society of Lincoln Center to Host First-Ever 'Before' Triple Features

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is preparing a fun evening for fans of Richard Linklater's "Before" trilogy.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • December 23, 2013 11:50 AM
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Santa Barbara Awards Robert Redford the American Riviera

This is the year that Sundance maestro Robert Redford visits other people's festivals in addition to his own. He went to Cannes in May with J.C. Chandor's survival drama "All is Lost," in which he gives a virtuosic solo performance. It was the first time a Sundance filmmaker had asked Redford to star in a film. Then Redford schlepped to Telluride and New York. (Here's our career profile.) Now the Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor the actor/director/ producer--who nabbed a Best Actor nomination from the Golden Globes and a win from the New York Film Critics Circle --with the American Riviera Award.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 17, 2013 9:30 AM
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Adele Exarchopoulos, Michael B. Jordan, Brie Larson and Oscar Isaac Among SBIFF Virtuosos Award Winners

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (running January 30 to February 9, 2013) has announced the seven recipients of its 2014 Virtuosos Award for breakout performances. Winners are Adele Exarchopoulos, Michael B. Jordan, Brie Larson, June Squibb, Oscar Isaac, Jared Leto and Daniel Bruhl.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • December 8, 2013 2:18 PM
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Awards Season Update and Calendar: Critics and Guilds Pack in Movies in Order to Vote in Wide Open Race

Lots of news coming in today on the awards season front.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 19, 2013 3:50 PM
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Oprah Winfrey to Receive Santa Barbara International Film Festival's 2014 Montecito Award

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor Oprah Winfrey with its Montecito Award at the 29th edition of the fest, to acknowledge her performance in "Lee Daniels' The Butler," which has gained awards buzz, and as a celebration of her overall career. The Tribute takes place on February 5, 2014.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 12, 2013 11:51 AM
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Cate Blanchett to Receive Outstanding Performer of the Year Award at Santa Barbara International Film Festival

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival's myriad high-profile tributes typically act as Oscar pushes for likely contenders. This year, the 2014 Outstanding Performer of the Year Award will go to Cate Blanchett on February 1 for her ace performance in Woody Allen’s "Blue Jasmine." The 29th edition of the fest runs January 30 – February 9, 2014.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 5, 2013 11:40 AM
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Forest Whitaker to Receive Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Kirk Douglas Award

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will present its eighth annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film to Forest Whitaker on December 15.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 25, 2013 1:45 PM
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