Santa Barbara International Film Festival

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2016 SBIFF Movie Spotlight: Midnight Return

Midnight Return follows the tale of Billy Hayes and his strong desire to return to Turkey after being imprisoned 30 years ago and executing a daring escape that led to the creation of Midnight Express, the film that caused an international firestorm and made Hayes Public Enemy No. 1 in Turkey.

Midnight Return makes its U.S. Premiere at the Metro 4 Theater on Friday, February 12 at 8:20 p.m. and will screen again on Saturday, February 13 also at the Metro 4 Theater.

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Actors Honored For Their Standout Performances

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival presented five actors with the Virtuosos Award.

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Slideshow: Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams - American Riviera Award

Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams sat together on-stage at the Arlington Theater for a 2-hour tribute to their body of work before being awarded with the SBIFF's American Riviera Award.

Local Kids Take A Field Trip To The Movies

Local Students Watch Free Screening Of 'Inside Out'

The program is part of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Mike's Field Trip To The Movies.

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Hundreds Welcome Rachel McAdams and Michael Keaton

Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo are the recipients of the 2016 American Riviera Award.

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Thousands of Fans Welcome Johnny Depp to Santa Barbara

Thousands of fans showed up in downtown Santa Barbara Thursday night to catch a glimpse of Johnny Depp who received the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Maltin Modern Master Award.

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2016 SBIFF Movie Spotlight: Stereotypically You

In many ways, Stereotypically You is a romantic film, but in many other way it's not and that mixture works perfectly for this comedy film's take on the absurdities of love and break-ups.

Stereotypically You world premieres on Saturday, February 6 at 2:20 p.m. and on Sunday, February 7 at 11:40 a.m. at Metro 4 Theater.

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Annual Food Feast Underway in Santa Barbara

Free tickets aren't the only thing people will be lining up for at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival:  they might find themselves  turning to food.

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Santa Barbara Kicks Off International Film Festival

Downtown Santa Barbara felt like Hollywood Wednesday night as it kicked off its 31st Santa Barbara International Film Festival with the film "The Little Prince," and a gala after-party.

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2016 SBIFF Movie Spotlight: Alex and Eve

Celebrate Valentine's Day early with this quirky romantic comedy set in modern-day Australia that follows two star-crossed lovers, Alex and Eve, as they deal with the absurdities of love between two totally different cultures.

Alex and Eve premieres at Metro 4 Theaters on Friday, February 5th at 8:20 p.m. with additional screenings on Saturday, February 6th at 10:20 a.m. at Fiesta 5 Theater and Monday, February 8th at 5:20 p.m. at Metro 4 Theater.


Free Movies Offered During the Santa Barbara International Film Festival

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is offering thousands of seats to film fans for free again this year.  Some movie lovers  did not need the reminder and were out at the Lobero Theatre this afternoon for the first showing.

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2016 SBIFF Movie Spotlight: Bizarre - A Circus Story

Bizarre: A Circus Story is a documentary that centers around 75-year-old Master Lu Yi, called the father of modern acrobatics. From his rise in China's Communist Party to his time as a prisoner during China's Cultural Revolution, and all of his personal victories and grief in between, Yi's story is a story of triumph and freedom to impart his knowledge of acrobatics to a new generation of circus people.

Bizarre: A Circus Story premieres on Saturday, February 6 at 2 p.m. at the Metro 4 Theater, and an additional screening at the Fiesta 5 Theater on Monday, February 8 at 4 p.m.

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