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A Film Festival by Filmmakers,
for Filmmakers

Santa Barbara, CA
Two Days of Independent Filmmaking
Hosted at the Alhecama Theater
Aug 26th - 27th, 2023


Come celebrate the art of Cinema with us at the historic Alhecama Theater in downtown Santa Barbara!  We are nestled between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean about 1.5 hours away from Los Angeles.  Santa Barbara offers breathtaking views of the ocean and mountains. The city is known for its Mediterranean climate, Spanish-style architecture, and its many beaches, parks, and trails.

The festival is a great reason to visit the city and experience its vibrant culture and arts scene.  With its diverse selection of films and networking opportunities, the Santa Barbara Indie Film Fest is a great event that celebrates the art of filmmaking.

There will be a networking / filmmaker party on Saturday after the screenings hosted by the festival and it's a great chance to meet fellow filmmakers. This festival is focused on independent filmmakers and youth filmmakers so they can have an outlet for their cinematic art.

The Festival

Submit your film

12 categories to choose from

  • Narrative Feature Film

  • Documentary Feature Film

  • Narrative Short Film

  • Documentary Short Film

  • Animated Short Film

  • Music Video

  • Narrative Short Film - Youth

  • Doc Short Film - Youth

  • Animated Short Film - Youth

  • Music Video - Youth

  • Feature Length Sceenplay

  • Short Story Screenplay

Submissions start at only $25! 

Santa Barbara Indie Film Fest proudly accepts entries on FilmFreeway, the world's #1 way to enter film festivals and creative contests.


Awards & Prizes

Santa Barbara Indie Film Festival has partnered with the Sunn Stream online streaming network to showcase the winners, honorable mentions and other worthy submissions to air on the network.  This is a great way for filmmakers to gain exposure and grow their career!!   *This is a no obligations offer, filmmakers can choose not to participate*

Winners of the Narrative Feature Film & Short Film, Documentary Feature Film & Short category will win a Davinci Resolve studio license valued at $295

All Winners will receive a custom plaque at the awards ceremony on Sunday Evening.

Ticets and Passes

Tickets & Passes

Filming a Music Video

Volunteer Opportunity

Get a 2 day film pass and join our team of volunteers that love film just as much as you do! The Santa Barbara Indie Film Fest couldn’t take place without the help of our incredible volunteers! We are  always looking for enthusiastic folks to help support us in our mission of bringing independent film to the Santa Barbara area.  We are thankful for your interest!

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