Santa Barbara International Film Festival Announces Stunning Winners, Showcasing Global Stories and Originality

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) closed its 39th edition with an awards ceremony held at El Encanto, a Belmond Hotel. The festival celebrated remarkable films from across the globe, recognizing their storytelling prowess and originality. Claudia Puig, SBIFF’s Programming Director, expressed gratitude towards the jurors for their fine selections and congratulated this year’s award winners. Among the winners, “Transmexico” directed by Claudia Sanchez received the Audience Choice Award sponsored by The Santa Barbara Independent. Sophia Sabella and Pablo Feldman’s “Edge of Everything” won the Panavision Spirit Award for Independent … Read more

Transcendent Films Win Big: Highlights from the 39th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The winners of the 39th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) have been announced, featuring acclaimed films such as “TransMexico,” “Edge of Everything,” and “Andragogy.” Recognized for their excellence in independent and international cinema, these films were selected by a panel of esteemed jury members. The SBIFF has become a prominent film festival in the United States, drawing in approximately 100,000 attendees over its packed week of screenings, with more than 200 films showcased. The festival’s mission is to discover and showcase the best in independent and international cinema. The … Read more

Transmexico Wins Audience Choice Award at Santa Barbara Film Festival: A Powerful Story of Trans Women Defying Societal Norms

Santa Barbara, California – Claudia Sanchez’s documentary, “Transmexico,” was awarded the Audience Choice Award at the 39th edition of the Santa Barbara Film Festival. The festival also announced winners in various categories, recognizing outstanding works in independent cinema, documentary filmmaking, and international feature films. This year’s selection of films tells diverse and compelling stories from different parts of the world, captivating audiences with their verve and originality. “Transmexico” follows the journeys of three trans women who defy societal norms, inspiring change despite facing formidable obstacles. The film resonated with the festival audience, earning the prestigious … Read more

Groundbreaking Documentary ‘Transmexico’ Wins Audience Choice Award at Santa Barbara Film Festival

SANTA BARBARA, California – Claudia Sanchez’s documentary, “Transmexico,” garnered the Audience Choice Award at the 39th edition of the Santa Barbara Film Festival. The festival announced the winners in its various categories on Saturday. “Transmexico” follows the journey of three transgender women who defy societal norms and inspire change against all odds. This powerful documentary resonated with the festival audience, earning the prestigious Audience Choice Award. Among the other winners at the festival were Sophia Sabella and Pablo Feldman’s “Edge of Everything,” which secured the Spirit Award for Independent Cinema. Nays Baghai’s “Driving Into the … Read more