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From Feb. 7 to Feb. 17, the 39th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) brought herds of celebrities, filmmakers and movie enthusiasts to Downtown Santa Barbara.

Here’s a look back on Artsweek’s coverage of the 2024 festival.

Celebrity Tribute Events

SBIFF 2024: Bradley Cooper honored with Outstanding Performer of the Year Award

SBIFF 2024: Robert Downey Jr. honored with the Maltin Modern Master Award

SBIFF 2024: Eight rising stars honored with Virtuosos Award

SBIFF 2024: Mark Ruffalo Accepts the American Riviera Award

SBIFF 2024: Artisans Awards celebrate the artists behind film

SBIFF 2024: Directors Martin Scorsese and Justine Triet honored with Outstanding Directors of the Year

SBIFF 2024: Paul Giamatti receives Cinema Vanguard Award

SBIFF 2024: Jeffrey Wright receives Montecito Award


SBIFF 2024: Academy Awards-nominated producers convene at Producers Panel

SBIFF 2024: International directors partake in International Features Panel

SBIFF 2024: Writers panel features minds behind Academy Award-nominated films

SBIFF 2024: Women’s Panel spotlights extraordinary women in film


SBIFF 2024: Heartwarming Disney documentary “Madu” kicks off opening night festivities

SBIFF 2024: “Achilles” takes on the plight of Iranian artists

SBIFF 2024: “Dance First” falls flat on US premiere

SBIFF 2024: “Io Capitano” is profound and raw

SBIFF 2024: “Ezra” in review

SBIFF “The Fight for Black Lives” Premiere: Filmmaking as Activism

SBIFF 2024: Two UCSB student documentaries featured at festival

SBIFF 2024: “The Cowboy and the Queen” documentary is a historical feat

SBIFF 2024: Heather Graham’s disastrous second film “Chosen Family” closes out festival