SBIFF 2021

Santa Barbara International Film Festival Confronts COVID with Full Slate of Films, Tributes, and More

SBIFF 2021
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Daily Reports, Actor Profiles, Filmmaker Interviews, and More

By Indy Staff | Published March 31, 2021

Here’s the one-stop shop for all the SBIFF coverage you need in 2021. Click on the panels below to see the latest news, celebrity profiles, filmmaker interviews, and more. 

SBIFF Final Report: It’s a Wrap for SBIFF 2021

Peruse the movie menu (on your smartphone). Buy those tickets (on your laptop). Grab some popcorn (from your microwave). And get comfortable (on your couch) for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s 2021 incarnation, a mostly virtual, pandemic-proof program of streaming films, celebrity tributes, and filmmaking panels that can be enjoyed easily from your own home. 

We say “mostly virtual” because there is the revolutionary, hope-it-sticks option to head down to the SBCC parking lots by Leadbetter Beach and check out two pop-up drive-in theaters, where movies can also magically be seen during the day. These screenings are free, albeit limited to 50 cars per screen, and must be booked in advance. 

Beyond those COVID compromises, the rest of SBIFF 2021 is much the same great fare we’ve come to expect. Here are our interviews with celebrities, film picks, daily reports, and much more. 

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Credit: Jean Ziesenhenne


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