One of the most beautiful spots on the Californian coastline is the setting for an understandably laid-back filmic treat every January.
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival attracts some of the best in mainstream and independent cinema to its enviable coastal location from January 22nd to February 1st.
Known for its golden beach, beautiful palm trees and surf culture-infused lifestyle, the relaxing idyll will welcome big names from both in front of and behind the camera, with festival honours going to the likes of Penelope Cruz and Kristen Scott Thomas.
A highlight will be the presentation of the American Riviera Award to Mickey Rourke, in honour his superb resurgence to major movie-making in the past few years.
Alongside the usual raft of screenings there will be a rich programme of forums, discussions and other fun events to support the varied range of films on offer.
With beautiful scenery, plenty of sunshine and – for a few days in January – fantastic movies, Santa Barbara really does seem to have it all.
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