Santa Barbara Film Fest Sets 2018 Dates

The fest has become one of the most important stops on the annual road to the Oscars.
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SBIFF fest director Roger Durling, flanked by fest volunteers, during the 2017 edition

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which has become one of the most important stops on the annual road to the Oscars, has announced that its 33rd edition is set to run Jan. 31-Feb. 10, 2018.

"After another fantastic year, we are ready to hit the ground running for 2018," Roger Durling, the fest's executive director, said in a statement. "We look forward to continuing our growth and bringing exciting new developments to the Santa Barbara community, and we plan to make our 33rd installment the best festival yet."

The event will be held at sites throughout Santa Barbara, including the historic Arlington Theatre and the newly restored Riviera Theatre.

While SBIFF always attracts high-quality films, including many U.S. and world premieres, it is best known for its full-evening tributes to artists (who tend to be top contenders for Academy Awards) during the Oscar voting period (many Academy members live in and around Santa Barbara). Past honorees include Daniel Day-Lewis, Oprah Winfrey, Martin Scorsese and Jennifer Lawrence.

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