SBIFF Honours Director w/ The Outstanding Director Of The Year Award



As part of the 30th Anniversary celebration, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival will expand its ever popular director’s panel into the Outstanding Directors of the Year Award, presenting to some of the most talked about and innovative filmmakers from the past year. The tribute will begin at 8pm on Wednesday, February 4 at the Arlington Theatre and will be moderated by The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg.

Filmmaking is a collaborative effort, spearheaded by the director who guides the cast and crew in creating a cohesive visual narrative. Each of the talented individuals will be awarded for their exceptional vision in bringing together every element of filmmaking, from acting and story to camerawork and sound, creating an unforgettable cinematic experience.

Commented SBIFF Executive Director, Roger Durling, “This past year we have seen so many phenomenal achievements in directing. We’re honored to have not one, but five great directors at SBIFF to share their insights with us.”

The 2015 Outstanding Directors of the Year are:

Damien Chazelle for Whiplash, the story of a young jazz drummer’s obsessive effort to achieve greatness and his maniacal band leader.

Richard Linklater for Boyhood, the groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named mason, filmed over twelve years with the same cast.

Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher, the dark and fascinating story of the unlikely and ultimately tragic relationship between an eccentric multi-millionaire and two champion wrestlers.

Laura Poitras for the acclaimed documentary CitizenFour. In early 2013, Poitras started receiving anonymous encrypted emails from “Citizenfour,” who claimed to have evidence of illegal covert surveillance programs run by the NSA in collaboration with other intelligence agencies worldwide. Five months later, she and two other reporters flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Edward Snowden. The resulting film is history unfolding before our eyes.

Morten Tyldum for The Imitation Game, the true story of genius Alan Turing, who under nail biting pressure helped win World War II by cracking the German enigma code, inventing the computer in the process.

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