In true new year’s fashion, Santa Barbara kicks off the 2019 award season with a glamorous, star-studded performance. Starting on January 30 and running through February 9, the 34th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) gathers film lovers from all over the world to enjoy special panels, award ceremonies and 200+ films at some of the city’s most historic theaters.
Founded in 1986, SBIFF has grown to become one of the leading film festivals in the U.S. Last year the event attracted an astonishing 92,000 attendees, with visitors ranging from A-list celebrities to film loving locals and tourists. As Hollywood’s elite flocks to Santa Barbara for 11 special days, Santa Barbara herself takes center stage, offering award winners and attendees a picture-perfect getaway. To help you celebrate this year’s standout film stars, while savoring all Santa Barbara has to offer, we’ve put together an event-by-event guide to help you make the most of your time in The American Riviera®.
Book Your Stay
Consider yourself a cinephile? Treat yourself to the full festival experience with one of the full coverage Festival Passes. Covering your entrance for the entirety of the festival, Festival Passes range in access depending on the type of events you’re interested in. Choose from four different passes ranging from $350-$5,000: State Street Pass, Cinema Pass, Platinum Pass and Concierge Pass.
If you’re more of a film-fan and not looking for a full access pass or priority admission, you can buy an individually selected package of tickets to the type of event you are most interested in. Choose from three different passes ranging from $325-$670: Intro Package, Film Geek Package and Tribute Package.
Just interested in attending a specific event? Choose from Individual tickets, MiniPaks, (A 10-screening pack in the form of a punch card), or a Rush Ticket (wait in the rush ticket line to see if there are any remaining seats).
From film geek to newbie, SBIFF is eleven full days dedicated to the best in cinema. No matter if you are a dedicated film lover who has already bought passes, or if you find yourself in town during these eventful days, here are some festival highlights that are not-to-be-missed.