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2023 Santa Barbara International Film Festival Winners | Arts & Entertainment


The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) has announced the winners of its 38th annual film festival.

The awards ceremony, hosted by the Belmond Hotel El Encanto in Santa Barbara on Saturday morning, was attended by the jury and filmmakers.

“The 38th Santa Barbara International Film Festival has attracted filmmakers from as far away as Turkey, India, Israel and Sierra Leone, half of whom are women,” said Claudia Puig, SBIFF program director. “We are delighted to see the overwhelming reception to our diverse program of 200 films from 43 countries.

“Film is one of the most powerful vehicles of empathy, providing a window of understanding for all who want to look through it. We thank the filmmakers in attendance and our avid Santa Barbara audience for enjoying it so heartily Festival experience.

“Several films drew standing ovations and sold-out audiences, marking the full return of the global film festival in 2023,” Puig said.

The winning films were composed of jury members Angie Wang, Antonio Maziale, Cristina Biro, Elisabeth Marigotto, Gwen de Gris, Jean Oppenheimer, Jeff Archie, Laila Meadow Connor, Leslie Eck, Maggie Rochlin, Nicole Nolan, Perry Long, Robert Abell, Steven Raphael Chosen, Tim Cogshey Al and Tim Matheson.

The winning films are:

Audience Choice Award sponsored by Santa Barbara Independent: “26.2 To Life” directed by Christine Yoo.
Panavision Spirit of Independent Film Award: “I Like Movies,” directed by Chandler Levac.
Jeffrey C. Barbakow Award – Best International Feature Film: “A Man” (“Aru Otoko”), directed by Kei Ishikawa.
Best Documentary Award: “A Bunch of Amateurs” directed by Kim Hopkins.
New Vision Award for Spanish/Latin American Cinema: “Manuela”, Director: Clara Cullen
Best Middle Eastern/Israel Film: “The Taste of Apples Is Red” (“Ta’am al Tufah, Ahmar”), directed by Ehab Tarabieh.
Best Nordic Film: Summerlight and Then Comes the Night by Elfar Aðalsteins.
Social Justice Award for Documentary: “Black Mamba,” directed by Lena Karbe.
ADL Stand Up Award, sponsored by ADL Santa Barbara/Tri-Counties, Skinner Social Impact Fund, and Steve and Cindy Lyons: “The Quiet Girl” (“An Cailín Ciún”), directed by Colm Barréad.
Best Documentary Short: “Nowhere to go But Everywhere”, directed by Masako Tsumura and Eric Shirai.
Bruce Corwin Award – Best Live Action Short Film: “The Moisture” (“Rutubet”), directed by Turan Haste.
Bruce Corwin Award – Best Animated Short Film: Epicenter, directed by Heeyoon Hahm. Now eligible for the 2024 Academy Awards.

SBIFF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts and educational organization dedicated to discovering and presenting 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 featuring more than 200 screenings, memorabilia and panels over 11 days.


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