In 2006, the Santa Barbara Film Festival added to its slate an award to honor an actor or director whose lifetime contribution to film is irrefutable. The premier recipient was Kirk Douglas, and it’s his name that the award bears—the Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film.
This year, legendary actress Jane Fonda is the selected recipient. During her career, Jane Fonda has amassed a lengthy and impressive resume of roles — from her Academy Award-winning turn in Klute to the memorable On Golden Pond, in which she starred in with her father Henry Fonda, to her latest Netflix series Grace and Frankie. Her latest film, Youth debuted at the Cannes Film Festival and will be in theaters in early December.
The event takes place Saturday, October 3, at a black-tie dinner at Bacara Resort & Spa. Funds raised during the evening will go support SBIFF’s educational and community programs such as Mike’s Field Trip to the Movies, the 10-10-10 Mentorship program and competitions, the Film Studios Program, Apple Box Family Films, and the festivals new initiative to be launched this summer, Film Camp. The 31st annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival will take place from Wednesday, February 3-Saturday, February 13,, 2016.
For tickets and more information about the Kirk Douglas Award event, see sbiff.org.