Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Opening Date: 
May 01, 2021
Earlybird Deadline: 
June 01, 2021
Regular Deadline: 
July 01, 2021
Late Deadline: 
August 01, 2021
Extended Deadline: 
September 01, 2021
Notification Date: 
October 01, 2021
Event Date: 
October 10, 2021 to October 17, 2021
Awards & Prizes: 

All categories juried by industry professionals. Awards and prizes are subject to change

Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema
Prize: camera package worth approximately $60,000
Award for Best Independent Film

Jeffrey C. Barbakow Award for International Cinema
Award for Best International Film

Nueva Vision Award
For the best Spanish-language film

Best Documentary Award
For the best documentary feature

Valhalla Award
For the best Nordic feature

The Social Justice Award
For a documentary feature film that addresses social justice issues

Bruce Corwin Award for Best Live Action Short Film
Winning film will be eligible for Academy Award nomination.

Bruce Corwin Award for Best Animated Short Film
Winning film will be eligible for Academy Award nomination.

Best Documentary Short Film

Audience Choice Award

Rules & Terms: 


-Submission fee is non-refundable.

-We prioritize US and World Premieres.

-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.

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

-If your feature film is selected, you will be asked to provide: digital stills from the film; and three 27x40 printed poster (no other poster size will be allowed).

-Films 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 paying by check, the check MUST include the film title and FilmFreeway ID #

-Entrants must assume all responsibility for clearing films through U.S. and/or foreign customs officials.

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

* Exception for Santa Barbara Filmmakers

-Santa Barbara Filmmakers must request fee waivers through SBIFF website:

-In order to be considered for the Santa Barbara Filmmakers category, filmmakers (producer[s] and/or director) must have Santa Barbara County residence OR more than 50% of film must have been filmed in Santa Barbara area (Santa Barbara, Montecito, Goleta, Carpenteria, Summerland).

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1528 Chapala Street
Suite 203
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
United States

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