The S.B. International Film Fest announced last week that actor Will Smith will be given the Modern Master award. “The emphasis is on people at the peak of their power, not just the end of their careers,” said festival director Roger Durling, noting that the former Fresh Prince of Bel Air’s new film Pursuit of Happiness will likely make him a frontrunner for this year’s best actor Oscar. In related news, Durling said the SBIFF, which happens from January to February, happily received a grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that will make the third weekend of the festival – a wrap-up of fest bests at the Marjorie Luke Theatre that runs February 9 to 11 – free to locals. Tickets will be first come, first served.

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