Luna the wayward orca sought contact with people, and people obliged.

Paul Laviolette

Luna the wayward orca sought contact with people, and people obliged.

Winners Announced for SBIFF’s Audience Choice Award

Saving Luna Takes Home Indy-Sponsored Prize

The votes are in for this year’s winners of the 2008 Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Independent Audience Choice Awards. The Indy-sponsored prize is awarded annually and is based on votes cast by viewers of any of the fest’s films. Paper ballots were distributed throughout the ten-day-long event as patrons entered each film screening, and were tabulated over the course of the past three days. Saving Luna, Suzanne Chisholm and Michael Parfit’s documentary about the couple’s fight to protect a wayward young orca whale from being placed in captivity, took home top honors. Other top contenders included A Walk to Beautiful, which placed second, Water Flowing Together which took third place, and Stranded: I’ve Come from a Plane That Crashed on the Mountains, and Autism the Musical, which rounded out the top five.

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

Renovated Cabrillo Ball Park Now Open

The park got new exercise equipment, multi-use grass turf areas, and an upgraded softball field.

UCSB Researcher Charged with Molesting Child on Campus

Dr. Hongjun Zhou was arrested September 6.

Teen Serial Robber Caught and Confesses

The suspect was identified through an anonymous tipster.

New Eastside Playground Finished

Swings and a play structure go up at the Municipal Tennis Courts.

Affordable Units Open in Goleta

Casas de Los Carneros is fully tenanted.