The 36th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) has announced this year’s panelists for the Industry Panel series.
“Look at that line-up,” said Roger Durling, SBIFF executive director. “All the movies nominated for the Oscars are represented. The panels have always had a special place in our hearts, and this year’s slate is possibly the best ever.”
The Producers Panel brings together leading producers to provide insight into the business as well as the creative sides of producing. The Producers Panel will be a live-streamed event, 11 a.m. Saturday, April 3, moderated by the Los Angeles Times’ Glenn Whipp.
Panelists include Shaka King (“Judas and the Black Messiah”), Christina Oh (“Minari”), Ceán Chaffin (“Mank”), Dan Janvey (“Nomadland”), David Parfitt (“The Father”), Josey McNamara (“Promising Young Woman”), Marc Platt (“The Trial of the Chicago 7”), and Sacha Ben Harroche (“Sound of Metal”).
The Writers Panel brings in top writers to talk about what it takes to write a script and about their journeys to the big screen. The Writers Panel will be a live-streamed event, 2 p.m. Saturday, April 3, moderated by Indiewire’s Anne Thompson.
Panelists include: Aaron Sorkin (“The Trial of the Chicago 7”), Darius Marder (“Sound of Metal”), Emerald Fennell (“Promising Young Woman”), Florian Zeller (“The Father”), Kemp Powers (“Soul and One Night in Miami”), Kenny and Keith Lucas (“Judas and the Black Messiah”), Lee Isaac Chung (“Minari”), Ramin Bahrani (“The White Tiger”), and Peter Baynham (“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”).
For the Women’s Panel, women from all stages of film production come together to discuss the challenges they have faced and successes they have had in the film industry. The panel will be live-streamed, 2 p.m. Thursday, April 8, moderated by Madelyn Hammond.
Panelists include Dana Murray (“Soul” – producer), Elvira Lind (“The Letter Room” – writer/director), Garret Bradley (“Time” – director), Kori Rae (“Onward” – producer), Madeline Sharafian (“Pixar’s Burrow” – director), Michele Couttolenc (“Sound of Metal” – sound design), Trish Summerville (“Mank” – costume design), and Tiara Thomas (“Fight For You” – co-writer Oscar-nominated song from “Judas and the Black Messiah”).
The 36th Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG, takes place March 31-April 10 online and at two free ocean-front drive-in theaters. More information, festival passes, and tickets at www.sbiff.org.