SBIFF Unveils World Premiere Film Lineup

The 2018 Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) offers 200+ films representing 58 countries, 45 World premieres, and 53 U.S. premieres, along with tributes with the year’s top talent, panel discussions, and free community education and outreach programs.

Below is the list of world premiere features at the 2018 SBIFF.


A Sniper’s War, USA, Ukraine, Russia

Directed by Olya Schechter

A Sniper's War, courtesy photo.

A Sniper’s War, courtesy photo.

Acid Horizon, USA

Directed by Ivan Hurzeler


Broke: The Santa Barbara Oil Pipeline Spill of 2015, USA

Directed by Gail Osherenko

Chasing the Thunder, USA

Directed by Mark Benjamin and Marc Levin


The Doctor From India, USA

Directed by Jeremy Frindel


The End of Meat (Eine welt ohne fleisch), Germany

Directed by Marc Pierschel


The Independents, USA

Directed by Greg Naughton


Living in the Futures Past, USA

Directed by Susan Kucera


Making Babies, USA

Directed by Josh Huber

Making Babies, courtesy photo.

Metamorphosis, Canada

Directed by Nova Ami and Velcrow Ripper


My Indiana Muse, USA

Directed by Ric and Jen Serena


My Indiana Muse (official trailer) from Serena Creative on Vimeo.

¡Oh Mamy Blue!, Spain

Directed by Antonio Hens


Off the Menu, USA

Directed by Jay Silverman


One Last Night, USA

Directed by Anthony Sabet


the public, USA

Directed by Emilio Estevez


The Push, USA

Directed by Grant Korgan


Scotch: A Golden Dream, USA

Directed by Andrew Peat


Silicon Beach, USA

Directed by Max Gold


Threesome (Le trip à trois), Canada

Directed by Nicolas Monette


Waiting for the Drop: Rise of the Superstar DJs, USA

Directed by Alexei Barrionuevo


The War in Between, USA

Directed by Riccardo Ferraris


We Are Galapagos, USA

Directed by Kum-Kum Bhavnani


The White Orchid, USA

Directed by Steve Anderson


U.S. PREMIERE FEATURE FILMS (listed alphabetically)


3 Things (3 ting), Denmark

Directed by Jens Dahl


A Land Without Borders, Israel

Directed by Michael Alalu and Nir Baram


Adventures in Public School, Canada

Directed by Kyle Rideout


Before I Forget (Antes que eu me esqueça), Brazil

Directed by Tiago Arakilian


Beyond – An African Surf Documentary, Austria

Directed by Mario Hainzl


Beyond Dreams (Dröm vidare), Sweden

Directed by Rojda Serkersöz


Big Wata, Netherlands

Directed by Jan Paul Van der Velden


Bingo: The King of the Mornings (Bingo: O rei das manhãs), Brazil

Directed by Daniel Rezende


Black Kite, Canada, Afghanistan

Directed by Tarique Qayumi


The Butterfly Tree, Australia

Directed by Priscilla Cameron


Cardinals, Canada

Directed by Grayson Moore & Aidan Shipley


Catch the Wind (Prendre le large), France

Directed by Gaël Morel


Darling, Denmark

Directed by Birgitte Stærmose


Daybreak (Dita zë fill), Albania

Directed by Gentian Koçi


The Double Lover (L’amant double), France

Directed by François Ozon


Edie, UK

Directed by Simon Hunter


The Eternal Road (Ikitie), Finland

Directed by Antti-Jussi Annila


Euthanizer (Armomurhaaja), Finland

Directed by Teemu Nikki


The Faithful Son (La part sauvage), Belgium

Directed by Guérin van de Vorst


Fence Your Best, Israel

Directed by Liat Mer


Fifty Springtimes (Aurore), France

Directed by Blandine Lenoir


Filthy (Spina), Czech Republic, Slovakia

Directed by Tereza Nvotová


Get the Weed (Misión no oficial), Uruguay

Directed by Denny Brechner, Alfonso Guerrero and Marcos Hecht


Giant (Handia), Spain

Directed by Jon Garaño and Aitor Arregi


Grace and Splendor (Donaire y esplendor), Panama

Directed by Arturo Montenegro


Grand Cru, Canada

Directed by David Eng


Guerrero, Mexico

Directed by Ludovic Bonleux


Imposed Piece (Opgelegd Werk), Belgium

Directed by Brecht Vanhoenacker

Imposed Piece, courtesy photo.

Imposed Piece, courtesy photo.

In Love and In Hate (Los que aman, odian), Argentina

Directed by Alejandro Maci


The Island, Israel

Directed by Adam Weingrod


The Last Suit (El último traje), Argentina

Directed by Pablo Solarz


Maracaibo, Argentina

Directed by Miguel Angel Rocca


Mary Goes Round, Canada

Directed by Molly McGlynn


Meditation Park, Canada

Directed by Mina Shum


Modified, Canada

Directed by Aube Giroux


The Order of Things (L’ordine delle cose), Italy

Directed by Andrea Segre


Sad Hill Unearthed, Spain

Directed by Guillermo de Oliveira


Secret Ingredient (Iscelitel), Greece

Directed by Gjorce Stavreski


Soviet Hippies, Estonia, Germany, Finland

Directed by Terje Toomistu


Sunshine That Can Move Mountains, China

Directed by Qiang Wang


Star Boys (Kaiken se kestää), Sweden

Directed by Visa Koiso-Kanttila


The Swan (Svanurinn), Iceland, Estonia, Germany

Directed by Ása Hjörleifsdóttir


The Unseen (Los últimos), Argentina

Directed by Nicolás Puenzo

Unwanted (T’padashtun), Kosovo, Netherlands

Directed by Edon Rizvanolli


Wall, Canada

Directed by Cam Christiansen


While We Live (Mens vi lever), Denmark

Directed by Mehdi Avaz




All You Can Eat Buddha, Canada, Cuba

Directed by Ian Lagarde


Angels Wear White (Jia nian hua), China, France

Directed by Vivian Qu


Arrhythmia (Aritmiya), Russia, Finland, Germany

Directed by Boris Khlebnikov


Back to Burgundy (Ce qui nous lie), France

Directed by Cédric Klapisch


Beartrek, USA, Canada, Indonesia, Peru

Directed by Chris Morgan & Joe Pontecorvo


Blue, Australia

Directed by Karina Holden


Borg vs. McEnroe, Sweden, Denmark, Finland

Directed by Janus Metz


Breath (Nafas), Iran

Directed by Narges Abyar


Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey, USA, Canada, China

Directed by Dave O’Leske

Elish’s Notebooks, Israel

Directed by Golan Rise


The Essential Link – The Story of Wilfred Israel, Israel

Directed by Yonatan Nir


Faces Places (Visages, villages), France

Directed by JR and Agnès Varda


The Future Ahead (El futuro que viene), Argentina

Directed by Constanza Novick


The Gospel According to André, USA

Directed by Kate Novack


Gutland, Luxembourg, Germany, Belgium

Directed by Govinda Van Maele


Holy Camp! (La Llamada), Spain

Directed by Javier Ambrossi & Javier Calvo


Hotel Salvation (Mukti Bhawan), India

Directed by Shubhashish Bhutiani


Icarus, USA

Directed by Bryan Fogel


In Syria (Insyriated), Belgium, France, Lebanon

Directed by Philippe Van Leeuw


The Insult (L’insulte), Lebanon

Directed by Ziad Doueiri


Just Like Our Parents, Brazil

Directed by Laís Bodanzky


Killer Bees, USA

Directed by Ben & Orson Cummings


Kim Swims, USA

Directed by Kate Webber

Leaning Into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy, USA

Directed by Thomas Riedelsheimer


The Line (Čiara), Slovakia, Ukraine

Directed by Peter Bebjak


Love Means Zero, USA

Directed by Jason Kohn


Miracle on 42nd Street, USA

Directed by Alice Elliott


Montana, Israel

Directed by Limor Shmila


Nelson Algren Live, USA

Directed by Oscar Bucher


Oh Lucy!, USA, Japan

Directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi


The Party, USA

Directed by Sally Potter


Point of No Return, USA

Directed by Quinn Kanaly & Noel Dockstader


The Quartette (Kvarteto), Czech Republic

Directed by Miroslav Krobot


Racer and the Jailbird (Le fidèle), Belgium

Directed by Michaël R. Roskam


Scaffolding (Pigumim), Israel, Poland

Directed by Matan Yair


Scary Mother, Georgia, Estonia

Directed by Ana Urushadze


Skid Row Marathon, USA

Directed by Mark Hayes


Sky and Ground, USA, Serbia/Montenegro, Macedonia, Hungary, Greece, Germany, Austria

Directed by Joshua Bennett & Talya Tibbon


Something New (Qualcosa di nuovo), Italy

Directed by Cristina Comencini

Something New, courtesy photo.

Something New, courtesy photo.

Soufra, Singapore, USA, Lebanon

Directed by Thomas A. Morgan


The Starry Sky Above Me, (Le ciel étoilé au-dessus de ma tête), France

Directed by Ilan Klipper


Streetlight Harmonies, USA

Directed by Brent Wilson


The Third Murder, (Sandome no Satsujin), Japan

Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda


Tulipani: Love, Honour and a Bicycle (Tulipani: Liefde, Eer en een Fiets), Netherlands

Directed by Mike van Diem


Triumph: The Untold Story of Perry Wallace, USA

Directed by Rich Gentile


Under the Tree (Undir Trénu), Iceland, Denmark, Poland & Germany

Directed by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson


Wife and Husband (Moglie e marito), Italy

Directed by Simone Godano


You Disappear (Du forsvinder), Denmark, Sweden

Directed by Peter Schønau Fog



72%, Spain – US Premiere

Directed by Lluis Quilez


Abroad, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Zayn Alexandar


Aeris, USA

Directed by Paul Castro Jr.


Afterwork, Spain, Peru, Ecuador – World Premiere

Directed by Luis Uson


The Artist & The Great Bear, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Jeff Mcloughlin


As Long As It Takes (Le temps qu’il faut), Canada

Directed by Abeille Tard


Audition, USA

Directed by Richard Van


Bargain, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Clifford Miu


Basha Man, China

Directed by Daniel Chein


Bigfoot’s Love Slave, USA

Directed by Heather Tom


The Cannonball Woman, (La femme canon), France, Switzerland, Canada – US Premiere

Directed by David Toutevoix and Albertine Zullo


Cascarón, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Casey McGarry


Catacomb, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Alex Z. Avila


Couch for Sale, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Takashi Doscher


Cowboy of Mount Laurier (Le cowboy du mont Laurier), Canada – US Premiere

Directed by Gabriel Vilandré


Crossing the Channel, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Ryan Slattery


Cuba: Music Revolution, USA

Directed by Juan Ponce de León


Dancing with Dragons, USA, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, Mexico, Belize

Directed by Mark Romanov


Don’t Mind Alice, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Maude Apatow & Olivia Rosenbloom


The Driver Is Red, USA

Directed by Randall Christopher


Field Song (Canción de Campo), USA

Directed by Brad Bischoff


Fern, UK – US Premiere

Directed by Johnny Kelly


Ferryman at the Wall, USA

Directed by David Freid


Fingerprints, USA

Directed by Don Hardy


From Golf Course to Wetland, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Michael Love


Hide and Seek (Bújócska), Hungary

Directed by Gábor Benő Baranyi


Home Shopper, USA

Directed by Dev Patel

Dev Patel directs Home Shopper, courtesy photo.

Dev Patel directs Home Shopper, courtesy photo.

Hybrids, France

Directed by Florian Brauch, Kim Tailhades, Matthieu Pujol, Romain Thirion and Yohan Thireau


Keep Calm and Tampon, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Claudia Lonow


Killing Games: Wildlife in the Crosshairs, USA

Directed by Camilla H. Fox


The Last Man You Meet, USA

Directed by Chris Bone


Long Term Delivery, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Jake Honig


Los Comandos, USA

Directed by Joshua Bennett


Lunch Ladies, USA

Directed by J.M. Logan


Mariela, UK

Directed by Victoria Romero


Martien, Switzerland

Directed by Maxime Pillonel


Me, My Phone and I, USA

Directed by Luke Mullen


Mott Haven, USA

Directed by Kyle Morrison


Negative Space, France

Directed by Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata


Online Shopping, Iran

Directed by Ghasideh Golmakani


Out of the Ashes, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Hallie Brown


Poles Apart, USA

Directed by Paloma Baeza


Phototaxis, USA

Directed by Melissa Ferrari


The Red Flag, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Mike Winger


RFLKTR, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Matt K. Turner


Santa Claus, USA

Directed by Jeff Man


Sequin, Taiwan – US Premiere

Directed by Yachi Yang


Siren Song: Women Singers of Pakistan, USA, Pakistan, and India

Directed by Fawzia Afzal-Khan


Shadow Boxer (Skyggebokser), Denmark – World Premiere

Directed by Andreas Bøggild Monies


Shark Bight, USA – US Premiere

Directed by Stephanie Foster


The Shift, USA

Directed by Elivia Shaw


Simularity, USA

Directed by Ryan O’Nan


Soul of the City, USA – World Premiere

Directed by John Klein


Souls of Totality, USA

Directed by Richard Raymond


Space Butthole, USA

Directed by David Chai


The Take Off, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Ryan Kalil


The Tesla World Light, (Tesla: Lumière Mondiale), Canada

Directed by Matthew Rankin


Tigerstyle, United Kingdom, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Elliott Powell, Jordyn Romero, Paloma Young, Rachel Lattin, and Riani Singgih


The Tipping Point, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Danielle Cohen


Toward the North (Hacia el norte), USA

Directed by Elivia Shaw, Jessica Chermayeff, and Joshua Bennett


Towards the Sun (Hacia el sol), United Kingdom

Directed by Monica Santis


Two Balloons, USA – US Premiere

Directed by Mark C. Smith


Under Her Wing, USA

Directed by Keenan McGuckin


Undiscovered, USA

Directed by Sara Litzenberger


Virtually Yours, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Andrea Lithner


Wildlife and the Wall, USA

Directed by Ben Masters


You Are Here, United Kingdom

Directed by Nicholas Jones


Yours Sincerely, Lois Weber, USA

Directed by Svetlana Cvetko


“Yours Sincerely, Lois Weber” Trailer from David Scott Smith on Vimeo.

For the complete list of films, synopses, and other special events please visit and download the SBIFF app for the latest updates and schedule changes.

Leslie Dinaberg

Originally published in Santa Barbara Seasons on January 25, 2018.