Arlington Theatre during the Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Paul Wellman

The 2008 Santa Barbara International Film Festival has been slated for January 24 through February 3 and is looking for entries.Beginning July 9 filmmakers can submit entries in the categories of American Independents, Spanish and Latin American films, 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 deadline for film submissions is September 21, 2007 with a fee of $50 for features and $35 for shorts. The late deadline of October 22 carries a fee of $75 for features and $50 for shorts, with the final deadline of November 16 increasing the fee to $95 for features and $65 for shorts.

All filmmakers should consult the filmmakers section of before submitting.

The SBIFF never fails to bring in an audience with its quality international films. With an expected draw of 50,000 attendees and over 200 films, the upcoming festival has a reputation for success while maintaining its original goals. Both local and international cultures are emphasized, and an appreciation of film is instilled among those of all ages. For updates, visit


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