Santa Barbara International Film Festival announces 2023 dates

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has announced that the 2023 festival will take place in Santa Barbara, California from February 8-18.

With its beautiful Central Coast and high-end sensibilities as a backdrop, festival-goers and VIPs have a long tradition of returning to the American Riviera® year after year.

“SBIFF has long been a place to celebrate and showcase the enduring power of cinema. As we faced difficult times, cinema and festivals continued to be a place of reflection and inspiration. It is in this spirit that we are excitedly preparing for the 38th edition of SBIFF and look forward to bringing the best cinema and talent of the year to our dedicated patrons,” said Roger Durling, Executive Director of SBIFF.

The 38th Santa Barbara International Film Festival presented by UGG® will take place LIVE from February 8 to February 18, 2023. Official events including screenings, Q&As with filmmakers, industry panels and tributes to celebrities, will take place across the city, including at the historic Arlington Theater.

Last year, SBIFF made a triumphant return to screenings, panels and in-person events. The festival had 48 world premieres, 95 US premieres, with honorary awards given to Javier Bardem, Nicole Kidman, Kristen Stewart, Penélope Cruz, Will Smith and Aunjanue Ellis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Caitriona Balfe, Ariana DeBose, Alana Haim, Ciarán Hinds , Emilia Jones, Troy Kotsur, Simon Rex, Saniyya Sidney, Paul Thomas Anderson, Kenneth Branagh, Jane Campion, Ryusuke Hamaguchi and Steven Spielberg. Historically, organizers have expected high-profile guests to ride Santa Barbara again, making it a staple on the awards circuit, delivering an unprecedented number of films with numerous world and US premieres. The final lineup and schedule for the film will be announced in January 2023.

Passes for the 2023 Festival are now on sale at 25% off. For more information or to purchase passes, visit

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