Industry Panels

At Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s panel series, highly acclaimed industry professionals come together for lively, informative, and revealing panel discussions. Taking place during both weekends of the Festival, the Lobero Theatre fills with 600+ attendees to hear straight from the mouths of the year’s most notable filmmakers. Ever wonder what it took to make the years greatest films? Come find out!

Directors on Directing (Directors Panel)
Join some of the world’s most renowned directors as they discuss their films, their craft, and their creative challenges. In 2015, the Directors Panel and the Outstanding Director of the Year Tribute were combined into the Outstanding Directors of the Year Tribute.

It Starts With the Script (Writers Panel)
Top screenwriters discuss the process of giving life to a film, the challenges that arise on the journey to the big screen, and what it takes to succeed.

Movers and Shakers (Producers Panel)
Brings together the industry’s most prolific “doers” to talk about their current projects, hopes for the future of filmmaking, and insights into the creative side of producing.

Creative Forces: Women in the Business (Women’s Panel)
Successful women from all corners of film production, from editing, directing, costuming, casting, production design, and producing, come together to discuss their unique experiences in the film industry.