Stars Sparkle for the Santa Barbara International Film Fest


In less than a month, Santa Barbara, will once again be host to the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, where hundreds of popular movie-makers and stars will crowd the downtown area.


Opening the world-famous festival will be the U.S. premeire of Paramount Pictures ”The Little Prince”. The animated film will feature the voice-talents of Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Ricky Gervais, James Franco, Mackenzie Foy, and Benicio Del Toro.

One of the major highlights of the festival is the coveted Virtuosos Award. This year honor the achements of Elizabeth Banks (Love & Mercy), Paul Dano (Youth, Love & Mercy), Joel Edgerton (Black Mass), O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Straight Outta Compton), Géza Röhrig (Son of Saul), Jacob Tremblay (Room) and Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl, Ex Machina). The Award presentation will take place on Saturday, February 6th at the Arlington Theatre at the 31st edition of the festival, which runs February 3 to February 13, 2016.

“These performers have used their craft and respective roles to transport us through the varied lives of their characters,” stated Durling, “We have followed them along their artistic pursuits and are excited to join them in next steps of their journeys.”


For the first time ever in the history of the festival there will be three actors honoured for the American Riviera Award instead of the usually one. The honourees are:  Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams.

“Michael, Mark and Rachel are three of the finest actors in the business.” stated Festival Director Roger Durling, “They are artists in the truest sense of the word who continue to surprise and inspire audiences with their talent,” adding, “their recent turn in Spotlight demonstrates their skills both harmoniously as an ensemble and individually, it is an honor to celebrate their work with the American Riviera Award.”

To attend the Santa Barbara International Festival visit their website. Prices range from $20 for invidual events to a whopping $7,500 for the Private Access Pass which allows access to all screening and special events.



About Author

AJ Skiles

AJ moved from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara over 20 years ago. A Liberal Arts major, with a concentration in Communication and Media – AJ has found a new passion for writing while at Antioch University, Santa Barbara.  AJ’s other passions include traveling and visiting the National Parks, movies of all kinds (especially sci-fi movies), and foraging for wild mushrooms in the redwoods.  In another life, AJ used to clean carpets for the stars, including Steven Spielberg, John Candy, and former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger – true story. While AJ was fired from that job, he still knows how to properly clean carpets and rugs.

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