Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2024 Lineup Released

sbiff2024The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) announced today the highly anticipated lineup for the 39th edition, which will run February 7 to 17, 2024. The festival will showcase 45 world premieres and 77 U.S. premieres from 48 countries, along with tributes featuring the year’s top talent, panel discussions, and free community education and outreach programs.

“We have a wonderfully eclectic program this year from 48 countries around the world,” said Claudia Puig, Programming Director of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. “We are especially proud that half of our slate of films are directed by women, and a large percentage by under-represented filmmakers. We know there will be something for everyone at our festival– and likely quite a lot for most. Nearly three-quarters of the films we’re showcasing have never been seen before in the US. We’re excited to introduce these films to audiences and thrilled that filmmakers from nearly every continent will be on hand to meet those attending SBIFF, and share in the communal love of film.”


SBIFF 2024 will kick off on Opening Night Wednesday, February 7 with the World Premiere of the documentary MADU directed by Matt Ogens and Joel ‘Kachi Benson. Both directors will be joining us in-person.

From practicing barefoot on the streets of Lagos to performing on stage in England, twelve-year-old Anthony Madu leaves his home in Nigeria to study at one of the most prestigious ballet schools in the world. Anthony, who had barely left his neighborhood in Lagos, finds himself thrust into a new world where his wildest dream is suddenly within reach. His journey is a story of extraordinary obstacles, courage, growth, and ultimately, his search for belonging.


SBIFF 2024 will close on Saturday, February 17 with the World Premiere of CHOSEN FAMILY directed by Heather Graham and starring Heather Graham, Julia Stiles, Thomas Lennon, and Michael Gross. Director and cast will be joining us in-person.

Yoga teacher Ann is trying to find inner peace despite having a manic family, a miserable dating life, and an inability to say no that keeps her busy trying to fix everyone else’s problems.


SBIFF is an important showcase for Academy Award frontrunners, many of whom have arrived as nominees and gone on to win the Oscar. The 39th SBIFF proudly celebrates some of the year’s finest work in film. All tributes will be in person at the historic Arlington Theatre.

Outstanding Performer of the Year Award sponsored by Deadline honoring Bradley Cooper – Thursday, February 8 at 8:00pm. Moderated by Pete Hammond.

Maltin Modern Master Award Presented by Manitou Fund honoring Robert Downey Jr. – Friday, February 9 at 8:00pm. Moderated by Leonard Maltin.

Virtuosos Award honoring Danielle Brooks (The Color Purple), Colman Domingo (The Color Purple & Rustin), America Ferrera (Barbie), Lily Gladstone (Killers of the Flower Moon), Greta Lee (Past Lives), Charles Melton (May December), Da’Vine Joy Randolph (The Holdovers), and Andrew Scott (All of Us Strangers) – Saturday, February 10 at 8:00pm. Moderated by Dave Karger.

Variety Artisans Award sponsored by Variety – Sunday, February 11 at 11:00am. Honorees to be announced. Moderated by Jazz Tangcay.

American Riviera Award honoring Mark Ruffalo – Sunday, February 11 at 8:00pm. Moderated by Anne Thompson.

Outstanding Directors of the Year Award sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter – Monday, February 12 at 8:00pm. Honorees to be announced. Moderated by Scott Feinberg.

Montecito Award honoring Jeffrey Wright – Thursday, February 15 at 8:00pm. Moderated by Roger Durling.

Cinema Vanguard Award honoree and date to be 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. Panelists, dates and times to be announced.


SBIFF Poster Designed by Acclaimed Artist Angela Perko
The 2024 SBIFF poster was painted by acclaimed artist and Santa Barbara resident Angela Perko. Like many women artists, Angela started painting later in life, after her children were older and the family business was well established. Angela and her husband own a rare bookstore, and she credits exposure to art books for sparking her interest in painting. Although she studied plein-air painting with Santa Barbara artist Michael Drury, she is essentially a self taught artist. The Canadian Group of Seven greatly influenced her early work, as well as many of the Santa Fe artists. A trip to the Yucatán had profound impact and motifs of ancient art and popular Mexican art began to appear in her work. Currently her work explores where nature and culture intersect over time and place.

Mike’s FieldTrip to the Movies – Named for renowned nature cinematographer Mike deGruy, Mike’s FieldTrip to the Movies uses filmmaking to nurture creative, confident, and culturally aware thinkers. This year’s program will be offered to 4,000+ 4th–6th grade students from Title I (low-income) schools throughout Santa Barbara County. This year will feature two in-person Q&As; Directors Joaquim Dos Santos, Justin K. Thompson, and Kemp Powers following SPIDER-MAN: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE and Director Peter Sohn following ELEMENTAL. Sponsored by Montecito Bank & Trust, US Bank, Yardi, Bentson Foundation, Volentine Family Foundation.

Film Studies Program – The Film Studies Program will invite 30 undergraduate film students from across the country to the Film Festival where they’ll take part in a packed curriculum that turns the festival into an interactive classroom. Participants receive priority access to the films, panels, filmmaker seminars, tributes, as well as intimate Q&As with filmmakers.

10–10–10 Student Screenwriting and Filmmaking Mentorship and Competition – The 10-10-10 Program is made up of 20 area high school and college screenwriters and filmmakers. This year’s program includes filmmaking workshops, individual mentorship, and access to casting, visual effects, producing and sound mentors. The student screenwriters and directors are paired together and guided through the process of taking a film from script to screen. Sponsored by Kaleidoscope Productions.

Free Filmmaker Seminars – SBIFF will again present seminars with filmmakers premiering at this year’s festival. These seminars will be FREE to the public and will take place on each weekday during the Festival at Tamsen Gallery at 911 1/2 State Street.

The ADL Stand Up Award sponsored by ADL Santa Barbara/Tri-Counties – This award will be presented to a dramatic film in the festival that represents an important message consistent with ADL’s efforts “to secure justice and fair treatment for all.” The winner will be announced during the Festival.

The ASC Award for Cinematography sponsored by The American Society of Cinematographers has been added to the list of SBIFF’s 2024 awards and will recognize a film with exceptional visual composition that advances the art and science of cinematography and promotes the motion picture as an art form.

2024 FILMS

Below is the list of feature and short films at the 2024 SBIFF. For the complete list of films, synopses, and other special events please visit or the SBIFF app.

19 WORLD PREMIERE FEATURE FILMS (listed alphabetically)

76 Days
Directed by Joe Wein
United States

Alien Contact
Directed by Rick Rosenthal
United States

Art and Life: The Story of Jim Phillips
Directed by John Edward Makens

Books & Drinks
Directed by Geoffrey Cowper
Dominican Republic

Chosen Family
Directed by Heather Graham
United States

Directed by Basil Mironer
United States

Diving into the Darkness
Directed by Nays Baghai

Directed by Hala Matar

The Fight for Black Lives
Directed by Micere Keels
United States

Giants Rising
Directed by Lisa Landers
United States

God & Country
Directed by Dan Partland
United States

Directed by Sylwia Rosak

The Long Game
Directed by Jace Anderson
United States

Directed by Matt Ogens, Joel ‘Kachi Benson
United States, Nigeria, United Kingdom

The Movie Man
Directed by Matt Finlin

Directed by Kate Cobb
United States

Running for the Mountains
Directed by Babette Hogan, Julie Eisenberg
United States

Send Kelp!
Directed by Blake McWilliam

Directed by Michael Fiore
United States

56 U.S. PREMIERE FEATURE FILMS (listed alphabetically)

Directed by Farhad Delaram
Iran, France Germany

Directed by Wregas Bhanuteja

Atikamekw Suns
Directed by Chloé Leriche

The Ballad of a Hustler
Directed by Heitor Dhalia
United States, Brazil

Before It Ends (Når befrielsen kommer)
Directed by Anders Walter

Birthday Girl
Directed by Michael Noer

The Blue Star (La estrella azul)
Directed by Javier Macipe
Spain, Argentina

Cinema Laika
Directed by Veljko Vidak
France, Finland

Cold (Kuldi)
Directed by Erlingur Thoroddsen

Cold Sigh
Directed by Nahid Azizi Sedigh

Directed by Austin Stark, Joseph Schuman
United States

Crush: Message in a Bottle
Directed by Maya Gallus

Dance First
Directed by James Marsh
United Kingdom

Days of Happiness
Directed by Chloé Robichaud

Dear Jassi
Directed by Tarsem Singh Dhandwar

Disconnect Me
Directed by Alex Lykos

Edge of Everything
Directed by Sophia Sabella, Pablo Feldman
United States

El paraiso
Directed by Enrico Maria Artale

Directed by
Finland, Sweden, Belgium, Estonia

Excursion (Ekskurzija)
Directed by Una Gunjak

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, France, Norway, Qatar

French Girl
Directed by James A. Woods, Nicolas Wright

Good Savage
Directed by Santiago Mohar Volkow

Green Night
Directed by Han Shuai
Hong Kong

Directed by Luna Carmoon
United Kingdom

Homecoming (Máhccan)
Directed by Suvi West, Anssi Kömi
Finland, Norway

I’m Just Here for the Riot
Directed by Asia Youngman, Kathleen Jayme

The King Tide
Directed by Christian Sparkes

The Last Daughter
Directed by Brenda Matthews, Nathaniel Schmidt

The Last Movie
Directed by Olaug Spissøy Kyvik

Let Me Go (Laissez-moi)
Directed by Maxime Rappaz

Directed by Christina Ioakeimidi

Directed by Kim Tae-yang
South Korea

The Movie Teller
Directed by Lone Scherfig
Spain, France, Chile

Mr. Freeman
Directed by Mads Matthiesen

Much Ado About Dying
Directed by Simon Chambers

On Earth as in Heaven (Sur la terre comme au ciel)
Directed by Nathalie Saint-Pierre

On the Edge (État limite)
Directed by Nicolas Peduzzi

The Other Son
Directed by Juan Sebastián Quebrada
Colombia, France, Argentina

Over the Cracks (Sous le tapis)
Directed by Camille Japy

Directed by Ivan Ostrochovský, Pavel Pekarčík
Slovakia, Czech Republic, Ukraine

Point of Change
Directed by Rebecca Coley
United Kingdom, United States, Australia and Indonesia

Prison in the Andes (Penal Cordillera)
Directed by Felipe Carmona
Chile, Brazil

Queen of Bones
Directed by Robert Budreau
United States

A Ravaging Wind
Directed by Paula Hernández
Argentina, Uruguay

The Reeds
Directed by Cemil Ağacıkoğlu

Directed by Adrian Goiginger
Austria, Germany

The Rooster
Directed by Mark Leonard Winter

Directed by Meredith Hama-Brown

Snow Leopard (雪豹)
Directed by Pema Tseden

Directed by Linsey Stewart, Dane Clark

That They May Face the Rising Sun
Directed by Pat Collins

The Tundra Within Me (Eallogierdu)
Directed by Sara Margrethe Oskal

Directed by Caroline Ingvarsson
United Kingdom

Until the Music is Over (Até que a Música Pare)
Directed by Cristiane Oliveira
Brazil, Italy

Directed by Paul Middleditch, Hamish Bennett
New Zealand

The Vourdalak
Directed by Adrien Beau

NON PREMIERE FEATURE FILMS (listed alphabetically)

Directed by Giovanni Fumu
South Korea, United States

All You Hear is Noise
Directed by Ned Castle, Matt Day
United States

Another Happy Day
Directed by Nora Fiffer
United States

Directed by Kenji Tsukamoto
United States

Blaga’s Lessons (Urotcite na Blaga)
Directed by Stephan Komandarev

Brothers (Bratři)
Directed by Tomáš Mašín
Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia

Bye Bye Tiberias
Directed by Lina Soualem
France, Palestine, Belgium, Qatar

City of Wind (Sèr sèr salhi)
Directed by Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir
Mongolia, Portugal, Netherlands, Germany, Qatar, France

The Contestant
Directed by Clair Titley
United Kingdom

Copa 71
Directed by Rachel Ramsay, James Erskine
United Kingdom

The Cowboy and the Queen
Directed by Andrea Nevins
United States

Eat Bitter
Directed by Pascale Appora-Gnekindy, Ningyi Sun
Central African Republic, China

Directed by Tony Goldwyn
United States

First Time Female Director
Directed by Chelsea Peretti
United States

First We Bombed New Mexico
Directed by Lois Lipman
United States

Fresh Kills
Directed by Jennifer Esposito
United States

A Happy Day
Directed by Hisham Zaman

I’ll Be Right There
Directed by Brendan Walsh
United States

In the Rearview
Directed by
Poland, France, Ukraine

Directed by James Napier Robertson
New Zealand, Poland

La Extorsión
Directed by Martino Zaidelis
Argentina, USA

Directed by Ivan Sen

A Look Through His Lens
Directed by Matthew Berkowitz, Gregory Hoblit
United States, France, Ireland, United Kingdom

Lucha: A Wrestling Tale
Directed by Marco Ricci
United States

Mourning in Lod
Directed by Hilla Medalia
United States

One Life
Directed by James Hawes
United Kingdom

Pet Shop Days
Directed by Olmo Schnabel
United States, Italy, United Kingdom, Mexico

Seven Blessings
Directed by Ayelet Menahemi

Shari & Lamb Chop
Directed by Lisa D’Apolito
United States

Show Her the Money
Directed by Ky Dickens
United States

Directed by Apolline Traoré
Burkina Faso, France, Germany, Senegal

Directed by Ninna Pálmadóttir

Sorry/Not Sorry
Directed by Caroline Suh, Cara Mones
United States

The Taste of Things
Directed by Trần Anh Hùng

Thank You Very Much
Directed by Alex Braverman
United States

Directed by Claudia Sanchez
United States

We Are Guardians
Directed by Edivan Guajajara, Chelsea Greene, Rob Grobman
United States, Brazil

We Grown Now
Directed by Minhal Baig
United States

Wicked Little Letters
Directed by Thea Sharrock
United Kingdom

Without Air
Directed by Katalin Moldovai

2024 SBIFF SHORT FILMS – (listed alphabetically)

Directed by Marissa Chibás
United States
World Premiere

Directed by Rachel Burnett
United States
World Premiere

The ABCs of Book Banning
Directed by Sheila Nevins
United States

Above & Within
Directed by Patrick Hall
United States
World Premiere

Alarms (Apnées)
Directed by Nicolas Panay
US Premiere

And Now I Lay Me Down
Directed by Rani DeMuth
United States
World Premiere

Area Boy
Directed by Iggy London
United Kingdom
US Premiere

The Ballad of Tita and the Machines
Directed by Miguel Angel Caballero
United States

Basri and Salma in a Never-ending Comedy (Basri & Salma dalam Komedi yang Terus Berputar)
Directed by Khozy Rizal

A Bird Called Memory (Pássaro Memória)
Directed by Leonardo Martinelli
Brazil, United Kingdom
US Premiere

The Birthday Party (Il compleanno di Enrico)
Directed by Francesco Sossai
Germany, France, Italy
US Premiere

A Body Called Life
Directed by Spencer MacDonald
United States
World Premiere

Directed by Genevieve Aniello
United States
World Premiere

Breaking Silence
Directed by Amy Bench, Annie Silverstein
United States

The Breakthrough
Directed by Daniel Sinclair
United States

Directed by Yann Mounir Demange
France, United Kingdom
US Premiere

Dog Apartment (Koerkorter)
Directed by Priit Tender

Don’t Cry, Gabriel (Pleure pas Gabriel)
Directed by Mathilde Chavanne
US Premiere

Farms and Tables
Directed by Taylor Scott Mason, Noah Forbes
United States
World Premiere

Forget Me Again
Directed by Noah Freeman Hecht
United States
World Premiere

Directed by Joel Novoa, Marilu Godinez
United States
World Premiere

The Golden West
Directed by Tom Berkeley, Ross White

Good Boy
Directed by Tom Stuart
United Kingdom
US Premiere

Directed by Morgan Gould
United States
World Premiere

Gorgo (Γοργώ)
Directed by Veniamin Gialouris
US Premiere

Greetings From Summerland
Directed by Joey Szalkiewicz, Harry Rabin
United States
World Premiere

Help Me Understand
Directed by Aemilia Scott
United States

I’m on Fire
Directed by Michael Spiccia
United States

In the Shadow of the Cypress (Dar saaye sarv)
Directed by Hossein Molayemi, Shirin Sohani
US Premiere

Directed by Francesca de Fusco
Italy, United States
US Premiere

Jane Austen’s Period Drama
Directed by Julia Aks, Steve Pinder
United States
World Premiere

Directed by Aner Etxebarria Moral

Directed by Adela Kaczmarek
US Premiere

Making Babies (Faire un enfant)
Directed by Eric K. Boulianne

A Man’s Man
Directed by Myles Desenberg
United Kingdom
US Premiere

Marungka Tjalatjunu (Dipped in black)
Directed by Matthew Thorne, Derik Lynch

The Meatseller
Directed by Margherita Giusti
US Premiere

Directed by Sam Roebling
United States

My Dead Dad
Directed by Abby Ellis, Erik Osterholm
United States
World Premiere

Nada De Todo Esto
Directed by Patricio Martínez, Francisco Cantón
Argentina, Spain, United Statess
US Premiere

Next Train Out
Directed by Darby Naughton
United States
World Premiere

Nine Lives
Directed by Jessie Davidson
United States
World Premiere

Nun or Never!
Directed by Heta Jäälinoja

On the 8th Day (Au 8ème Jour)
Directed by Agathe Sénéchal, Alicia Massez, Elise Debruyne, Flavie Carin, Théo Duhautois
US Premiere

The Orchestra Chuck Built
Directed by Christopher Stoudt
United States

Our Neighbors, the Peacocks
Directed by Callie Barlow
United States
World Premiere

Directed by Marcela Heilbron
World Premiere

Primero, Sueño
Directed by Andrés Lira
United States

Relationship to Patient
Directed by Caroline Creaghead
United States
World Premiere

Relighting Candles: The Tim Sullivan Story
Directed by Zeberiah Newman, Michiel Thomas
United States

The Salt on Our Skin
Directed by Alessandra Puig-Santana, Reese Raygoza, Lukas Olesinski, Tess McCormick, Audrey Engelsgjerd, Michelle Truong
United States
World Premiere

Save the Cat
Directed by Jordan Matthew Horowitz
United States
World Premiere

Savi the Cat
Directed by Bryan Tucker, Netsie Tjirongo
United States

Sea Salt
Directed by Leila Basma
Czech Republic, Lebanon, Qatar
US Premiere

Seasons (四·季)
Directed by Xin Li
World Premiere

Directed by Mariame N’Diaye
US Premiere

The Skates
Directed by Halima Ouardiri

Sludge: A PFAS Uprising
Directed by Jeffrey Christian
United States
World Premiere

Someone Lied on the Roommate Form
Directed by Najee Werners
United States
World Premiere

Someone’s Trying to Get in
Directed by Colin Nixon
World Premiere

Taking Back the Groove
Directed by Celia Aniskovich
United States

The Voice of Others (La voix des autres)
Directed by Fatima Kaci
US Premiere

Two Cents & A Footlong
Directed by Kanin Guntzelman
United States
World Premiere

Directed by Caroline Renard
United States
World Premiere

Wander to Wonder
Directed by Nina Gantz
Netherlands, France, Belgium
US Premiere

Where the Sun Always Shines
Directed by Rosie Baldwin
United Kingdom

Wild Summon
Directed by Karni Arieli, Saul Freed
United Kingdom

Will You Remember Me?
Directed by Will Dowler
United States
World Premiere

Directed by Mackenzie Davis
United Kingdom
US Premiere