SBIFF’s Kirk Douglas Award Honors Dame Judi Dench

Posted on Nov 18 by SEASONS Magazine

Dame Judi Dench, courtesy photo.

Dame Judi Dench, courtesy photo.

Film buffs and avid moviegoers, get ready for a night of glitz and glamour! Tickets are still available for Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Black Tie Fundraiser to benefit SBIFF educational programs!

Academy Award winner Dame Judi Dench is being honored with the Twelfth Annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film. The award is presented at the black-tie gala dinner at the lovely Ritz Carlton Bacara Resort & Spa on Thursday, November 30.

Perhaps best known for her iconic roles in Shakespeare in Love, Philomena, Notes on a Scandal and Skyfall, Dench’s most recent performance is as Queen Victoria in Stephen Frears’ Victoria & Abdul.

Victoria & Abdul tells the extraordinary true story of the amazing and unlikely friendship between Queen Victoria and a young Indian clerk, Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal). Karim becomes her teacher, spiritual advisor and devoted friend.

Victoria & Abdul humorously explores questions of race, religion, power and the farce of Empire through the prism of a highly unusual and deeply moving friendship.

The annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film is awarded to lifelong contributors to cinema. Past honorees include Warren Beatty, Jane Fonda, Jessica Lange, Forest Whitaker, Robert DeNiro, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Quentin Tarantino, Ed Harris and John Travolta.

“I am especially delighted to learn that Dame Judi Dench will accept the award that bears my name. She is a consummate artist of stage and screen who is a particular favorite of mine,” says Kirk Douglas. “I wish I could have had the joy of working with her, but I am happy for the pleasure of seeing my name coupled with hers in support of the Santa Barbara Film Festival.”

The red carpet cocktail reception is at 6 p.m., followed with the dinner and tribute at 7:30 p.m. For more information, or to purchase tickets or tables, please visit this website.

—Lohana Richmond

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