Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2022

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival returns for its 37th year in 2022! Over the years, this has become an iconic festival, bringing many Oscar-worthy films to the Santa Barbara area. Learn all about this year’s festival, how you can attend, and what to expect.

When is the Santa Barbara International Film Festival?

In 2022, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival runs from March 2 – March 11, 2022.

What is this film festival?

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival brings over 100,000 people to town and is one of the leading film festivals in the United States. The past 36 years have given the festival plenty of time to fine-tune its offerings, so now it delivers a 10-day extravaganza celebrating film. Plus, you can watch these films in some of the city’s most historic theaters.

What can I do here?

Well, the festival offers plenty for both casual and dedicated film enthusiasts. Throughout the festival, you can enjoy over 200 films. You’ll also be able to be present for dedications and awards honoring people within the industry. This year’s honorees include Kristen Stewart, Jamie Dornan, Will Smith, Aunjanue Ellis, and Benedict Cumberbatch, among others.


If you want to get tickets to this festival, you can purchase them online here. Get them in advance so you can be assured they won’t sell out before you arrive!

Where should I stay?

If you’re in town for the film fest, stay in Santa Barbara! Marina Beach Motel offers complimentary breakfast, free bike rentals, beautiful rooms, and more. Plus, it’s only half a block from the beach so you can easily walk or bike to the ocean oasis! While you’re in town for the film festival, take some time to enjoy everything else Santa Barbara has to offer as well. With incredible restaurants and great experiences such as whale watching or surfing, there is plenty to do in town during your visit.

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