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36th Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Santa Barbara, United States, March 31 to April 10, 2021

Call for Entries

(Feature and short films, all genres)


The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is currently accepting applications for its upcoming edition.

Please note that all films must be submitted directly to the Festival.

  • Competitive: Yes
  • Entry fees: Yes


  •  Films that have been publicly broadcast in the United States and/or films that are publicly streaming online prior to the 2021 film festival are not eligible.
  • Finished projects must be completed no earlier than November 2019 to be eligible for the 2021 film festival.
  • Films produced in languages other than English must have legible English subtitles.
  • The festival favours US premieres and World Premieres


The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is an eleven-day event that presents a diverse slate of 200 films (narrative, documentary, animation) to over 90,000 film enthusiasts. In addition to showcasing a diverse spectrum of films, tributes, galas and panel series with industry professionals are programmed during both weekends of the Festival.

BIFF has sections for documentaries that address social justice issues, nature and oceanography, food and wine, and the performing arts. Additional sidebars highlight contemporary world cinema from Nordic countries, Israel, Eastern Europe, Asia and Spain/Latin America.

In 2020, Monia Chokri’s A Brothers Love, Myriam Verreault’s Kuessipan, Nicole Dorsey’s Black Conflux, Sophie Deraspe’s Antigone, Jean-Philippe Duval’s 14 days, 12 Nights, Rogério Soares’ River Silence, David Curtis’ Sovereign Soil and Jeremy Lalonde’s James vs. His Future Self, were among the selected films presented at the festival.


Telefilm Canada recognizes a FEATURE FILM selection in this festival and may provide assistance through the International Festival Participation Program.


International Promotion
Telefilm Canada, Montreal
1 800 567-0890