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Here are the winners for the 36th Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Los Angeles- This year, the 36th Santa Barbara International Film Festival was a little different because of the global pandemic.

The festival's committee decided that they were going to do some live events, while others were done virtually. The week's long festival were very successful and on Saturday the committee announced the winners of the film festival.

"We were so happy to have persevered and have brought a strong slate of films and a sense of continuity with this year’s SBIFF. We look forward to seeing you all in person next year!” stated SBIFF’s Executive Director Roger Durling.

Check out what films won.

Audience Choice Award sponsored by The Santa Barbara Independent:

Jeff Harasimowicz’s ALASKAN NETS

Best Documentary Short Film Award:

Richard Reens’s PANT HOOT

Bruce Corwin Award – Best Live-Action Short Film:

Christopher Oroza-Nostas’s SAVIOR

Bruce Corwin Award – Best Animated Short Film:

Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer, and Joe Wilson’s KAPAEMAHU

Best Documentary Award sponsored by SEE International:

Nina Stefanka’s MIRAGE (MIRAGGIO)

Jeffrey C. Barbakow Award – Best International Feature Film:


Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema:

Alanna Brown’s TREES OF PEACE

Nueva Vision Award for Spain/Latin America Cinema:

Eduardo Crespo’s WE WILL NEVER DIE

Valhalla Award for Best Nordic Film:

Henrik Ruben Genz’s ERNA AT WAR (ERNA I KRIG)

Social Justice Award for Documentary Film:


The ADL Stand Up Award sponsored by ADL Santa Barbara/Tri-Counties, the Skinner Social Impact Fund, and Steve and Cindy Lyons:

Alanna Brown’s TREES OF PEACE


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