Jane Fonda to Receive Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film

Posted on Aug 13 by SEASONS Magazine

Jane Fonda, photo by Tony Duran

Jane Fonda, photo by Tony Duran

Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced this week that Jane Fonda will be honored with the 10th annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film at a black-tie Gala dinner at Bacara Resort & Spa on Sat., Oct. 3.

“Jane Fonda obviously has the right genes.  Her acting performances set a standard that’s hard to follow,” says original award recipient, Kirk Douglas.

Fonda is a two-time Academy Award winner, a three-time Golden Globe winner, an Emmy Award winner, and was the 2014 recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award.  She will next be seen in Fox Searchlight’s critically acclaimed feature, Youth, which debuted at the Cannes International Film Festival, and will be released in the United States on Dec. 4.  Written and directed by Paolo Sorrentino (director and co-writer of Italy’s Academy Award winning Best Foreign Language Film The Great Beauty), the film explores the lifelong bond between two friends vacationing in a luxury Swiss Alps lodge as they ponder retirement.  In addition to Fonda, Youth stars Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz and Paul Dano. Fonda also stars in Netflix’s Grace and Frankie, currently filming for its second season.

Since 2006, the annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film has been awarded to lifelong contributors to cinema through their work both on-and-off screen. Past honorees include Jessica Lange, Forest Whitaker, Robert DeNiro, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Quentin Tarantino, Ed Harris, and John Travolta

Funding from the Gala will go to support the many educational and community programs hosted by the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, such as Mike’s Field Trip to the Movies, the 10-10-10 Mentorship program and competitions, the Film Studios Program, Apple Box Family Films, and the festival’s new initiative to be launched this summer, Film Camp. The 31st annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival will take place from Wed., Feb. 3–Sat., Feb. 13.

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is a nonprofit arts and educational organization dedicated to discovering and showcasing the best in independent and international cinema. SBIFF offers 11 days of 200+ films, tributes and symposiums that transforms beautiful downtown Santa Barbara into a rich destination for film lovers.

SBIFF continues its commitment to education and the community through free programs like its 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking and Screenwriting Competitions, Mike’s Field Trip to the Movies, National Film Studies Program, AppleBox Family Films, 3rd Weekend and educational seminars. In recent years, SBIFF has expanded its year-round presence with regular screenings and Q&As with programs like Cinema Society, The Showcase and its Wave Film Festivals.

To purchase tickets to Kirk Douglas Award event, click here.

–Michelle Jarrard

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