US Premiere of “I LIKE MOVIES” by Director Chandler Levack and actors Isaiah Lehtinen, Romina D’Ugo, Krista Bridges, Percy Hynes White.

Writer/Director Chandler Levack Closing Night Film Red Carpet interview

"I Like Movies"


Lawrence, a socially inept, 17-year-old cinephile, gets a job at a video store, where he forms a complicated friendship with his older female manager.


Cinematographer Rico Moran Closing Night Film Red Carpet Interview

"I Like Movies"

Romina D'Ugo Closing Night Film Red Carpet Interview

"I Like Movies"

Veronika Slowikowska Closing Night Film Red Carpet Interview

"I Like Movies"

"Falling Forward" Filmmaker Interview

"Falling Forward"

"Locals Only" Filmmaker Interview

"Locals Only"

"The Legend of Mex Man" Filmmaker Interview

"The Legend of Mex Man"

"Summerlight and Then Comes The Night" Filmmaker Interview

"Summerlight and Then Comes The Night"

"Night Cafe" Filmmaker Interview

"Night Cafe"

"The Moisture" Filmmaker Interview

"The Moisture"

"Thursday" Filmmaker Interview


"The Golden Cage" Filmmaker Interview

"The Golden Cage"

"Shot in the Arm" Filmmaker Interview

"Shot in the Arm"


Last year, SBIFF had a triumphant return to in-person screenings, panels, and events. The festival had 48 world premiere, 95 U.S. premieres, with honorary awards feted on 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 are expecting A-list guests to once again ascend to Santa Barbara, making it a must-stop location on the awards circuit, and delivering an unprecedented number of films with many World and U.S. premieres. The film lineup and schedule will be announced January, 2023.

About the Santa Barbara International Film Festival

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts and educational organization dedicated to discovering and showcasing the best in independent and international cinema. Over the past 37 years, SBIFF has become one of the leading film festivals in the United States – attracting 100,000 attendees and offering 11 days of 200+ films, tributes and symposiums, fulfilling their mission to engage, enrich, and inspire the Santa Barbara community through film.

SBIFF continues its commitment to education and the community throughout many free educational programs and events. In 2016, SBIFF entered a new era with the acquisition of the historic and beloved Riviera Theatre. After a capital campaign and renovation, the theatre is now SBIFF’s new state-of-the-art, year-round home, showing new international and independent films every day. In 2019, SBIFF opened its own Education Center in downtown Santa Barbara on State Street to serve as a home for its many educational programs and a place for creativity and learning.

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