SBIFF Showcases Most Popular Films at the Free 3rd Weekend

Posted on Feb 16 by SEASONS Magazine

The highly anticipated Santa Barbara International Film Festival has officially wrapped, but the film reels will continue rolling on February 17, 18 and 19 at the Festival’s 3rd Weekend.  Over the course of two weeks, Santa Barbara saw and celebrated some of the finest independent and international cinema that filmmakers have to offer. At the Fiesta Theatre on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday following the Festival, some of the Festival’s most popular films will be screened to the public free of charge.   Admission to 3rd Weekend is on a first come first served basis, so be sure to arrive early enough to snag seats.

On Friday, February 17 at 5 p.m., the series titled Documentary Shorts: Refugees, will be screened, including the winners of the Best Documentary Short Film, Refuge and Refugee.  Later on Friday, at 7:30 p.m., The Constitution will be screened. At 9:30 p.m., the night will end with a showing of Gaviota: The End of Southern California, the winner of the Jeffrey C. Barbakow Award, Best International Feature Film.

Photo from “Gaviota: The End of Southern California,” courtesy of SBIFF.

On Saturday, February 18, film screenings will be happening all day long, starting at 11 a.m. with Rebels On Pointe, followed by The Good Catholic, the winner of the Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema at 2 p.m.  Sámi Bloodto be shown at 5 p.m. will be preceded by It’s Been Like A Year, the winner of the Bruce Corwin Award for Best Live Action Short Film. The winner of the Valhalla Award for Best Nordic Film, My Hero Brother, will be shown at 7:30 p.m.  Saturday will close out with the winner of the Audience Choice Award and Best Documentary Award, Given, at 9:30 p.m


Photo from “Given” courtesy of SBIFF.

Sunday will kick off with a screening of Tamara at 11 a.m., followed by Angry Inuk, the winner of the Nueva Vision Award for Spain / Latin America Cinema at 2 p.m.   The winner of the Social Justice Award for Documentary Film and the ADL Stand Up Award, Strawberry Days will be shown at 5 p.m.  preceded by Confino, the winner of the Bruce Corwin Award for Best Animated Short. Then at 7:30 p.m., Jerico, The Infinite Flight of Days will screen.

Photo from “Jericó, The Infinite Flight of Days,” courtesy of SBIFF.

The 3rd Weekend is an opportunity for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival to give back to the local community by showcasing some of the Festival’s most acclaimed films. From exploration of one of the most threatened biodiversity hotspots in the world to young people with Down syndrome traveling through the Himalayas, the 3rd Weekend will be packed with some of the season’s most emotionally and politically charged films.

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—Danielle Moss


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