The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will throw a valentine to newly minted Golden Globe winner Jeff Bridges, honor up-and-coming English actress Emily Blunt and hand out a nature filmmaking award to a controversial film about dolphin hunting off Japan.
Those were the major late additions that Roger Durling, the festival’s executive director, announced Tuesday during his annual pre-festival news conference at the Hotel Santa Barbara.
“I don’t like to unwrap all the Christmas gifts at once,” Durling said later.
The festival’s milestone 25th edition runs Feb. 4-14 across Santa Barbara. Some 200 films from 45 countries will be screened, including 18 world premieres and 28 U.S. premieres. [Read more…]