The Santa Barbara County Film Commission is pleased to announce that it has chosen to award two prizes in the “Santa Barbara One Eighty” short film contest. The prizewinners are Sam Benenati, of Santa Barbara, for his short narrative film entitled “Spotlight,” and Sam Tyler and Brent Sumner of Santa Barbara, for their short documentary subject, “Above Santa Barbara.” The two winners will share equally in the one thousand dollar grand prize. Jaime Bostow’s short narrative “The Ford, The Cad, and The Audi” has been awarded an honorable mention.

The recipients of the Santa Barbara One Eighty prize typify the filmmaking tradition and talent to be found in Santa Barbara County, and the Film Commission is proud to conclude our “Hundred Years of Film Making” celebration by awarding these prizes. Santa Barbara County has been for the last century and continues to be a vibrant production destination for feature film, television, commercial and still photography projects.

The Santa Barbara County Film Commission works to promote Santa Barbara County as a production destination for the entire spectrum of media. Beyond the Commission’s promotional activities, the Commission also works to facilitate the needs of production companies including locations, permitting, and production services in order to provide for an optimal production experience.


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