The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will run from Feb. 8 to 18.

For those who do not wish to pay $15 for a rush ticket or film package, the festival will also have several free events and film screenings for cinefiles on a budget. 

Film Screenings

“Voices Rising: The Music of Wakanda Forever” Directed by Bernardo Ruiz and Meji Alabi, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2 p.m. at the Arlington Theatre

From the SBIFF guide: “Oscar-winning composer Ludwig Göransson and director Ryan Coogler collaborate with musicians and artists from across the globe, creating the music for one of the most anticipated sequels in modern movie history.”

“TÁR” Directed by Todd Field, Friday, Feb. 10, 2 p.m. at the Arlington Theatre

From IMDB: “Set in the international world of Western classical music, the film centers on Lydia Tár, widely considered one of the greatest living composer-conductors and the very first female director of a major German orchestra.”

Starring Cate Blanchett as Lydia Tár.

International Directors Panel Sunday, Feb. 12, 2 p.m. at the Arlington Theatre

From the SBIFF guide: “The directors of this year’s Oscar-nominated International Films will share their diverse perspectives on the craft and business of filmmaking. Moderated by Roger Durling.”

“David Crosby: Remember My Name” Directed by A.J. Eaton, Monday, Feb. 13, 2 p.m. at the Arlington Theatre

From IMDB: “Meet David Crosby in this portrait of a man with everything but an easy retirement on his mind.”

“Soul of the Ocean” Directed by Howard Hall, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2 p.m., at the Arlington Theatre

From the SBIFF guide: “‘Soul of the Ocean’ reveals communities of interdepen- dent species and highlights the role biodiversity plays in maintaining a healthy ocean. Every species has a part to play. We have a part to play as well.”

“Elvis” Directed by Baz Luhrman, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2 p.m., at the Arlington Theatre

“Patrick and the Whale” Directed by Mark Fletcher, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2 p.m. at the Arlington Theatre

From the SBIFF guide: “In this stunning documentary, Patrick Dykstra explores the fascinating nature of the sperm whale, attempting to shine a light on its intelligence and complexity, as well as highlighting its current and past relationships with humankind.”

“To Leslie” followed by Q&A with director Michael Morris, Friday, Feb. 17,  2 p.m., at the Arlington Theatre

Youth Cinemedia Shorts: Saturday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m. at Fiesta 5 Theatre Auditorium #2

From the SBIFF guide: “Youth CineMedia is a local Santa Barbara organization that teaches documentary filmmaking to diverse groups from both urban and rural communities. Founded by Osiris Casta- ñeda in 2002, YCM focuses on creating films that address social justice issues, helping to create positive change through the lens of today’s next generation of filmmakers.”

10-10-10 Student Shorts: Saturday, Feb. 18, 2 p.m., at the Arlington Theatre

Filmmaker Seminars

In addition to free movie screenings, the Film Festival is hosting a series of Filmmaker Seminars that will take place at the Tamsen Gallery at 911 ½ State Street across from the Fiesta Five Theatre. 

“These intimate conversations provide opportunities for attendees to experience insightful exchange with groups of filmmakers who have films screening at the festival,” according to SBIFF.

  • Overcoming Adversity/Fight the Power: Documentary Activism at Work, Friday, Feb. 10, 11 a.m.
  • Say it Loud: How Under-Represented Voices Get Heard, Monday, Feb. 13, 11 a.m.
  • Global Lens: Conversations with International Filmmakers, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 11 a.m.
  • My So Cal Life: California Filmmakers’ Roundtable, Wednesday, Feb. 15 , 11 a.m.
  • The Joys and Pitfalls of Indie Filmmaking, Thursday, Feb. 16,  11 a.m.
  • The Long and Short of Short Filmmaking , Friday Feb. 17, 11 a.m.

For more information, find a complete guide of the film festival here.