The weekend long event, which debuted last year and resulted in an impressive number of distribution deals, runs in association with LA-based production and sales company Traction Media and gives buyers direct and priority access to those films showcased. The program will run during the first weekend of the festival, January 24-27, 2013.

“We are thrilled with the success of last year’s Acquisitions weekend,” said Doug Stone, President of the SBIFF Board and a principal of Traction Media. “Last year’s Acquisitions Program included a number of films that secured distribution following the festival, such as Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best, Otter 501, Samsara, Sassy Pants and 2012 Audience Choice winner, Starbuck, to name a few. SBIFF continues with its commitment to nurturing independent films for distribution through this program and looks forward to the opportunity to showcase high-quality filmmaking again this year.”

Films will be accepted until the drop deadline on December 7. All films can be submitted through Log onto for more information.

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, sponsored by, is dedicated to discovering and showcasing the best in independent and international cinema. Now in its 28th year, The SBIFF has expanded to feature 11 days of 200+ films, tributes and symposiums that range from American indie films to world cinema and everything in-between. With its commitment to cultural diversity and powerful storytelling, SBIFF transforms beautiful downtown Santa Barbara, CA into a rich destination for film lovers that last year alone attracted more than 70,000 attendees. SBIFF brings to the forefront the importance and power of the art of filmmaking and continues its pledge to further its education initiative through its 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking and Screenwriting Competitions, “Field Trip to the Movies” program and educational seminars. The festival is set to run January 24 – February 3, 2013. For more information, please visit


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