The American Riviera rolls out the red carpet for this glittering event, which brings A-list actors, directors, producers, and others from the film industry to this beautiful Central Coast city. More than 200 films are screened over the festival’s 11 days, a lively mix of independent, foreign, and edgy new films. The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is an annual event in which Oscar contenders and the industry's best gather on The American Riviera for 10 days of screenings, tribute events, panel discussions and parties. The SBIFF offers free events and screenings throughout the week so that those on a budget can join in on the red carpet fun. Nightly events include special panels with big-name people from the film industry, a great chance to get a peek into movie-making magic, and see some really major stars. Annual tributes have honored A-listers such as Robert Redford, Ben Affleck, Leonardo Dicaprio, Helen Mirren, and Daniel Day-Lewis. Winners here are often seen as top contenders for Academy Awards.