And that’s a wrap! The Santa Barbara Film Festival has come to a close and we want to follow-up the 11 days of festival fun with a full recap. 2018 was another great year for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (and the Santa Barbara community) and there was much to see and do!
The 33rd SBIFF was the best festival yet, and came at a time when Santa Barbara needed much love and support. The 11-days were filled with world premieres, independent & international film screenings, Oscar-nominated films, industry tributes, seminars & panels, and youth education programs.
This year, non-profit organizations conducting disaster relief work were highlighted throughout each day of the Festival including: Red Cross, United Way of Santa Barbara, Salvation Army, Disaster Relief, and Foodbank of Santa Barbara County – to raise funds and awareness for their critical work.
700 volunteers, 200 filmmakers, dozens of sponsors and 90,000 film lovers attended this year’s festival celebrating film and the spirit of Santa Barbara.
Hotel Santa Barbara has been a proud sponsor of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival for the past 15 years and we have watched the festival grow to become the international, star studded event that it is today.
As the Festival Hub again this year, Hotel Santa Barbara housed the Will Call/Ticketing office, the Press Office and Festival Hospitality Desk. Our lobby is vibrant and bustling. Filmmakers, actors and festival goers came and went throughout the week, and shared a cup of coffee and conversation about film.
This year’s closing films were comprised of local filmmaker shorts and with a focus on Santa Barbara. It was a great way to celebrate our community and the close of another successful film festival. While we are always sad to see SBIFF come to an end, we know we have another exciting year to look forward to in 2019.
A huge thank you to the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, its staff and volunteers for bringing such an awe-inspiring festival to our little city. We look forward to welcoming everyone back in 2019!
Thank you to talented local photographer Fritz Olenberger for letting use his brilliant shots of the festival for our recap.