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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, May 17, 2016

SBIFF Names New Board President

LYNDA WEINMAN APPOINTED NEW BOARD PRESIDENT OF
SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

SANTA BARBARA, CA (May 17, 2016). The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has announced that board member Lynda Weinman has been elected as new board president. The news comes on the heels of the festival’s move to the Riviera Theatre and the expansion of their education program.

Ms. Weinman, a multi-hyphenate teacher, writer, entrepreneur, and learning activist, began her involvement with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival as a tribute sponsor through her company lynda.com. Lynda.com then moved on to be a first presenting sponsor before Ms. Weinman herself joined the board of the festival.

As co-founder of lynda.com, Ms. Weinman was responsible for the student-centered teaching philosophy and served as the executive chair of the company until its purchase in 2015 by the LinkedIn Corporation. Before launching lynda.com, she was a faculty member at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and worked as an animator and motion graphics director in the special effects film industry. She also taught at UCLA Extension, American Film Institute, and San Francisco State University’s Multimedia Studies Program.

“I am delighted that I can continue to be a member of this exceptional organization, one that works year-round to provide a home for the arts and entertainment community in the Santa Barbara area,” said Ms. Weinman of her new position.

“Lynda is a dear friend and brilliant entrepreneur, we are so thrilled to welcome her as our new board president,” Executive Director Roger Durling noted. “Lynda embodies the pillars this festival was built upon and will be a huge contribution to our renewed focus on education.”

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced last week that the Riviera Theatre will be the new home of the festival’s year round programs. The Riviera Theatre will give the festival the ability to introduce additional education programs while expanding on its current ones. Among these current programs are Cinema Society, The Wave Film Festival, and Mike’s Field Trip to the Movies, the latter of which caters to underserved children and families. At the heart of SBIFF’s mission is education, and through its programs the festival seeks to engage, enrich, and inspire people through film.

For more information, please visit www.sbiff.org.

ABOUT SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts and educational organization dedicated to discovering and showcasing the best in independent and international cinema. SBIFF offers 11 days of 200+ films, tributes and symposiums that transforms beautiful downtown Santa Barbara, CA into a rich destination for film lovers which attract more than 90,000 attendees.

SBIFF continues its commitment to education and the community through free programs like its 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking and Screenwriting Competitions, Mike’s Field Trip to the Movies, National Film Studies Program, AppleBox Family Films, 3rd Weekend and educational seminars. In recent years SBIFF has expanded its year round presence with regular screenings and Q&As with programs like Cinema Society, The Showcase and its Wave Film Festivals.

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