Calling All Filmmakers

Santa Barbara International Film Festival Now Open for Submissions

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is now accepting film entries for their 2009 festival, which will be held from January 22 to February 1, 2009. Considered one of the nation’s premiere film festivals, the SBIFF has a projected audience of over 50,000 and will run 200 films over the course of eleven days.

The SBIFF is a non-profit organization committed to raising awareness of film as an art form. Hosting educational seminars, student filmmaking and screenwriting competitions, and field trips to the movies, the SBIFF also prides itself on its year-long dedication to educating the community about cinema.

Categories that the SBIFF is now accepting submissions for include: American independents, Spanish and Latin American films, International features and independents, Eastern European features, documentaries, Reel Nature (nature films), East X West (Asian films), To the Maxxx (extreme sports), short films, and Santa Barbara filmmakers (features, documentaries, and shorts).

The deadlines for submissions are as follows:

The early bird deadline is Friday, August 15, with a fee of $35 for features and $25 for short films. The deadline for regular submissions is Friday, September 19, with a fee of $50 for features and $35 for short films. The late deadline is Friday, October 17, with a fee of $75 for features and $50 for short films. And Friday, November 14 is the final drop deadline, with a fee of $95 for features and $65 for short films.

For more information, filmmakers should visit, and to submit, visit

Adriana Zyskowski is an Independent intern.

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