SBIFF 2024 Producers, Writers, Women’s, and International Panels Featuring Many Oscar® Nominees Announced!

SBIFF is renowned for creating smart, insightful panels that feature a who’s who in the world of filmmaking, including many Oscar® contenders. Returning will be our annual Producers, Writers, Women’s and International Panels. All Panels will be in-person at the historic Arlington Theatre.

Moderated by Nicole Sperling (THE NEW YORK TIMES)

Saturday, February 10 at 11 AM – Producers Panel        

  • Jermaine Johnson, American Fiction
  • David Thion, Anatomy of a Fall
  • David Heyman, Barbie
  • Daniel Lupi, Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Fred Berner, Maestro
  • Emma Thomas, Oppenheimer
  • Christine Vachon, Past Lives
  • ​​Andrew Lowe, Poor Things
  • Mark Johnson, The Holdovers
  • James Wilson, The Zone of Interest


Moderated by Roger Durling

Saturday, February 10 at 2 PM – International Panel

  • Matteo Garrone, Io Capitano (Director/Producer/Writer)
  • Wim Wenders, Perfect Days (Director/Producer/Writer)
  • IIker Çatak, The Teachers’ Lounge (Director/Writer)
  • Johnnie Burn, The Zone of Interest (Sound Designer)


Moderated by Anne Thompson (INDIEWIRE)

Tuesday, February 13 at 8 PM – Writers Panel

  • Cord Jefferson, American Fiction
  • Arthur Harari, Anatomy of a Fall
  • Samy Burch, May December
  • Josh Singer, Maestro
  • Celine Song, Past Lives
  • Tony McNamara, Poor Things
  • Dave Hemingson, The Holdovers


Moderated by Madelyn Hammond

Saturday, February 17 at 11 AM – Women’s Panel

  • Laura Karpman, American Fiction (Composer)
  • Diane Warren, Flamin’ Hot (Songwriter)
  • Karen Hartley-Thomas, Golda (Hair and Make-up)
  • Julie Zachary, Nimona , (Head of Production at Annapurna Animation)
  • Maite Alberdi, The Eternal Memory (Director/Producer)



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 39 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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