By Indiewire Staff | Indiewire August 30, 2011 at 7:0AM
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced today its addition of an Acquisitions Program, which will take place during the first weekend of next year's festival, January 27-29.
SBIFF will work with Traction Media to select the films for the program "and buyers will be afforded priority access to the chosen films," which will allow the festival "to shine a spotlight on these films for the acquisitions community,” said the festival.
The festival is still open for 2012 submissions until December 9 through withoutabox.com.
For more information go here.
Press release below:
Santa Barbara, CA, August 30, 2011 – In 2012 the Santa Barbara International Film Festival will continue on its path to becoming one of the world’s most sought after and prestigious film festivals with the debut of its first ever Acquisitions Program, which will take place on the first weekend of the festival, January 27-29, 2012, it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling.
The weekend long program will be run in association with Traction Media, a Los Angeles-based film production and sales company, and was created to allow the acquisitions community easy, industry-friendly access to films at SBIFF. Together, SBIFF and Traction will select the films to be presented in the program, and buyers will be afforded priority access to the chosen films. For more information, log onto www.sbfilmfestival.org.
Doug Stone, President of the SBIFF Board and a principal of Traction Media, commented, “Over the years, SBIFF has continuously showcased an incredibly high caliber film program, one that has left a lasting impression with the audience. We are eager to now be able to shine a spotlight on these films for the acquisitions community.”
The Call for Entries is under way for the 2012 season. Films will be accepted until the drop deadline on December 9. All films can be submitted through withoutabox.com.
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is dedicated to the art of filmmaking, which seeks out and consequently offers a broad array of international and independent films, with a commitment to diversity. SBIFF, which attracts more than 70,000 visitors each year, endeavors to enrich the community both culturally and economically by presenting eleven days of films, tributes and symposiums, raising consciousness of film as an art form. SBIFF presents quality American and world independent films, Latin American and Asian sidebars as well as documentary cinema within the beautiful setting of downtown Santa Barbara, a premier tourist destination. SBIFF continues its commitment to education through its 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking and Screenwriting Competitions, Field Trip to the Movies and educational seminars. For more information, log onto www.sbfilmfestival.org.