Fest skeds directors and screenwriter panels

Quentin Tarantino will be honored by the Santa Barbara Film Festival with the American Riviera Award on Jan. 30. The “Django Unchained” filmmaker is stepping in for Leonardo DiCaprio, previously announced as the honoree, who had scheduling conflicts.

“We were obviously saddened by DiCaprio’s conflict, but blown away at the chance to honor Tarantino, one of the most stylistically daring directors who is an SBIFF favorite,” said executive director Roger Durling.

The fest also announced the first weekend’s panel programming. On Saturday, the Directors on Directing panel at 9:45 a.m. will be moderated by Variety’s Peter Bart, and will feature David O. Russell, Tom Hooper, Rich Moore, Benh Zeitlin, Malik Bendjelloul, Mark Andrews and Joachim Ronnig and Epsen Sandberg.

The It Starts With the Script panel at 2 p.m. Saturday is moderated by Anne Thompson, with screenwriters Mark Boal, Stephen Chbosky, Roman Coppola, John Gatins, Rian Johnson and David Magee attending.

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