2022 Guide to SBIFF

2022 Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Experience Santa Barbara’s cinematic side during the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), which makes a welcome return with a full slate of in-person events March 2-12, 2022. Oscar contenders and the industry’s best will gather in The American Riviera® for 11 action-packed days of film screenings, celebrity tribute events, panel discussions, parties, and more. A world-renowned festival now in its 37th year, SBIFF attracts award-winning filmmakers, actors, writers, students, devoted moviegoers, and locals who simply love the buzz the events bring to town.

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In addition to the opening and closing night film screenings and galas, the celebrity tribute events are among the most popular SBIFF programs. Fans gather on the street outside the theatre hours before the events to see their favorite stars arrive on the red carpet. For ticket holders, these events offer a rare opportunity to sit in a theatre as Hollywood’s top talents and rising stars are interviewed by skilled moderators. Past honorees have included the likes of Denzel Washington, Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Redford, Oprah Winfrey, and Bill Murray—to name drop just a small sampling. As the candid conversations unfold over the course of a couple hours, the talented performers reflect upon their careers and filmmaking experiences completely unscripted.

The major award events that have been announced so far include:

Visit the official SBIFF website for tickets and additional movie times. 


Whether you are a film buff who wants to binge on films from around the world, you’re mainly interested in the glitz and glamour, or you want to soak it all in, the SBIFF ticketing system allows you to choose events a la carte, buy packaged bundles, or invest in an all-inclusive pass. A four-film MiniPak starts at $60, whereas individual tribute events range from $25 to $125 for floor seats. If you plan to buy individual tickets to one of the celebrity tributes, we recommend purchasing as soon as they are on sale to ensure you secure your spot given they often sell out.

Cinephiles will enjoy the Intro Package ($325), which includes two general admission tickets to both opening and closing night films and two four-film MiniPaks, which equates to eight film screening entrances. The Film Geek Package ($500) builds upon the Intro offerings with the addition of two general admission tickets to all five panel events, whereas the Tribute Package ($675) includes two GA tickets for each of the celebrity tribute events.

Other passes like the State Street ($500) and Cinema Pass ($750) include priority admission to film screenings. The Platinum Pass ($1,950) is the gateway to premium, priority access to all events, from celebrity tributes to film screenings. And the highest level of access comes with the Concierge Pass ($5,000) which grants reserved seating and other VIP benefits like concierge services and sponsored gift bags. 


For the 2022 edition of the iconic affair that’s earned a reputation as a favorite stop on the Hollywood award season circuit, the SBIFF event organizers have put thoughtful health and safety measures into place. All attendees, staff, and volunteers will be required to provide photo ID along with proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including booster shots. In order to receive festival credentials, pass holders will be required to show a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 48 hours prior. Some events will require another negative COVID-19 test taken prior to admission. Theatres will operate at a reduced capacity and masks will be required while inside as well as while in line for all festival events and screenings.