The Fine Arts Film Festival is a boutique festival that premiered in Santa Barbara, California in 2010; it then occurred as a film festival in Venice, CA in 2015. In 2016 it exploded as an International Fine Arts Film Festival full of shorts plus a few full length features back in fabulous Santa Barbara, California! It may screen at more than one venue, including an outdoor night-time extravaganza. Originally conceived as a festival of films about the fine arts, it now incorporates dance and experimental art forms and approaches, including animation. Seeking a vision that will demonstrate the collaborative nature of the arts, prizes will be awarded with the backdrop of beautiful Santa Barbara, its beaches on the Pacific Ocean, and Santa Barbara wine country only a few miles away. Come on board and catch a wave or sip award-winning wine. The festival will be totally unique and deliciously awesome!

Thank you to Maria Mayer for cover art..

All winners will receive a certificate of honor, recognition on the website, in social media, and in Santa Barbara media.

Film shorts (30) minutes or less) produced within four years from screening, in English or with subtitles in English.

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  • John WHITEMAN

    Great festival. Thank you for including our film.

    November 2020
  • I really love this festival. I wish I could have come out! Next year hopefully I can visit in person.

    November 2020
  • Joe Chang

    This is a very good film festival, and I feel very honored because my film was selected. Thanks to the organizers of the festival! !

    November 2020
  • Lisa Le Lievre

    There is nothing better than fine arts in beautiful Santa Barbara. Lynn is an excellent communicator and organizer. I was so happy to attend and meet other filmmakers and enjoy the festive atmosphere of the city. Thank you for including Sirens Tango, we feel very honored to have won Best Narrative Dance and Best Original Score.

    October 2019
  • Alfonso Moreno

    We were very honored to have been selected for this quaint, but very classy festival. Unfortunately we were traveling at the time and could not make it to the screenings but we'll very likely attend next year, whether we make the cut or not :) Lynn, the director, was extremely helpful and prompt in her communications, and throughout all the exchanges we had to try to make the logistics work it became quite apparent that this is a great event for film makers and artists to come network and spread their wings. Five stars all around!

    October 2019