The Santa Barbara International Film Festival announces a Call for Entries for its third annual Acquisitions Weekend; it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. The weekend long event runs in association with LA-based production and sales company Traction Media and gives buyers direct and priority access to the selection of available films at SBIFF. The program will run during the first weekend of the festival, January 31- February 2, 2014.

“Since it began three years ago, the Acquisitions Program has grown significantly,” said Doug Stone President of the SBIFF Board and a principal of Traction Media. “This is due to SBIFF’s ongoing mission to bring forth independent films and their filmmakers towards possible distribution. A number of films from last year’s Acquisitions Program went on to receive distribution following the festival, such as Somm, Greencard Warriors (formerly known as Crosstown), A Year in Burgundy, Sex After Kids, Angels in Exile and 2013 Audience Choice winner, Spinning Plates, to name a few. We are looking forward to all the Acquisitions Weekend will offer this year.”

Films will be accepted until the drop deadline on December 13. All films can be submitted through Log onto for more information.

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is dedicated to discovering and showcasing the best in independent and international cinema. Now in its 29th 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, California into a rich destination for film lovers that last year alone attracted more than 75,000 attendees. SBIFF brings to the forefront the importance and power of the art of filmmaking and continues its pledge to further education initiative through the 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking and Screenwriting Competitions, “Field Trip to the Movies” program and educational seminars. The festival is set to run January 30 – February 9, 2014. For more information, please visit


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