Santa Barbara film festival fact sheet

'Nothing but the Truth' opens, 'Lightbulb' closes

THE FILMS

Opening-night film: “Nothing but the Truth,” Ron Lurie

Closing-night film: “Lightbulb,” Jeff Balsmeyer

THE HONOREES

Kate Winslet will be feted on Friday with the fest’s Montecito Award, along with a tribute moderated by Leonard Maltin at the Arlington Theater.

“A Celebration of David Fincher,” with the fest’s guest director in attendance, will take place next Friday, Jan. 30.

Other honorees include Penelope Cruz, Kristin Scott Thomas, Clint Eastwood and Mickey Rourke.

Viola Davis, Rosemarie DeWitt, Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins, Melissa Leo and Michael Shannon will all receive the fest’s Virtuosos honor for rising talent.

PANELS & MORE

Saturday, Jan. 24

11 a.m. “Directors on Directing,” moderated by Variety Editor-in-Chief Peter Bart

2 p.m. “It Starts With the Script,” moderated by Variety.com deputy editor Anne Thompson

Sunday, Feb. 1

1 p.m. 10-10-10 Student Screenwriting and Filmmaking Competition. Screening of 10-minute films created by 10 student filmmakers (five high school, five college), adapted from scripts written by 10 student writers.

THE JURY

Dave Stein (jury chair), Gary Anthony Williams, James Cromwell, Gil Kenan, Hassan Sleiman, Lauren Moews, Anthony Zerbe, Leslie Caveny, Eddie Schmidt, Efren Ramirez, Rodrigo Santoro

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