The 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) celebrates some of the year’s finest work in film, and the tributes of the SBIFF have become an important showcase for Academy-Award frontrunners, many of whom have arrived as nominees and gone on to win Oscars. The complete list of 2015 Honorees (in date order) is as follows:
At the Arlington Theatre,1317 State St., 805/963-4408, the Cousteau Family—Jean-Michel, Fabien and Celine—will receive The Attenborough Award for Excellence in Nature Filmmaking, moderated by Tim Matheson, on Wednesday, January 28. Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones will receive the Cinema Vanguard Award, on Thursday, January 29 and Jennifer Aniston will receive the Montecito Award, on Friday, January 30. Michael Keaton will receive the esteemed Modern Master Award, moderated by longtime friend and film historian Leonard Maltin on Saturday, January 31.
The 2015 Virtuosos Award will be presented to Chadwick Boseman (Get on Up), Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood), Logan Lerman (Fury), David Oyelowo (Selma), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), J.K Simmons (Whiplash) and Jenny Slate (Obvious Child), in recognition of the year’s emerging film artists. The evening will be moderated by Dave Karger, Chief Correspondent and host of "The Frontrunners" on Fandango on Sunday, February 1 at the Arlington Theatre.
The Variety Artisans Award will be presented to Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, Gone Girl (Score), Dion Beeb, Into the Woods (Cinematography), Sandra Adair, Boyhood (Editing), Bill Corso & Kathrine Gordon, Foxcatcher (Hair & Makeup), Suzie Davies, Mr. Turner (Production Design), Sean Patterson/Tegan & Sara, “Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie (Song), Richard King & Mark Weingarten, Interstellar (Sound Mixing & Editing), Joe Letteri, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes & The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies (VFX) and Costume Designer, TBA, moderated by Variety’s Senior VP Awards Editor, Tim Gray on Tuesday, February 3 at the Arlington Theatre.
Also at the Arlington Theatre, the Outstanding Directors of the Year Tribute will be held Wednesday, February 4, and moderated by The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg. Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette will also receive the American Riviera Award on Thursday, February 5, moderated by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. Lastly, Steve Carell will receive the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award, moderated by Pete Hammond, on Friday, February 6.
SBIFF has become renowned for creating smart, insightful panels that feature a who’s who in the world of filmmaking, including many Oscar® contenders. The panel series begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 31, with “It Starts With the Script” (Screenwriters Panel), bringing together top writers to discuss their craft. The panel will be moderated by indieWIRE’s Anne Thompson and sponsored by Pacifica Graduate Institute. At 2 p.m., the panels will continue with “Movers and Shakers,” (Producers Panel), bringing together the industry’s most prolific producers to talk about current projects, hopes for the future of filmmaking, and insights into the creative process. The panel will be moderated by Los Angeles Times film writer Glenn Whipp and sponsored by Fielding Graduate University. Panels continue during the Fest’s second weekend on Saturday, February 7 at 11 a.m, with Creative Forces: Women in the Business (Women’s Panel), moderated by Madelyn Hammond, President, Madelyn Hammond & Assoc., and Former Chief Marketing Officer for Variety and sponsored by Brooks Institute. All panels take place at the Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761.