Santa Barbara International Film Festival
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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is an eleven-day film festival held in
In 2014, the festival screened over 200 films, including feature films and short films, from different countries and regions. Besides screenings, the festival also contains different sections, including celebrity tributes, industry panels and education programs.
Though founded in 1986, the festival has developed and changed over years.[
When the present executive director, Roger Durling, first took over in 2002, he was confused by the low attendances of the film festival. It was believed that he noticed the "Sundance Effect" which refers to the popularity of Sundance Film Festival taken place in January. He then decided to move the festival to late January. Durling believed that by holding the film festival just days before Academy Awards in the spring, SBIFF can invite celebrities that have potential to win awards and provide audiences a chance meet them. 
Over the years, SBIFF has invited numerous potential award-winning celebrities, including