2015 Oscar nominees to grace 30th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival presented by UGG® Australia set on January 7 through February 7th

Films nominated including shortlisted Best Foreign Language films to screen at SBIFF Festival

For schedule of films, ticket information, and other details, please log on to www.sbiff.org

Santa Barbara, CA – The 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG Australia and which begins Tuesday, January 27, is proud to welcome 24 Academy Award nominees, as this morning’s Oscar nomination announcements brought news that many of the artists and films SBIFF has the privilege of paying homage to have earned spots on the most coveted of ballots.

SBIFF’s Modern Master Award recipient, Michael Keaton, received his first nomination for Best Actor for his incredible performance in Alejandro G. Inarritu’s Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), which received 9 nominations in all.

Also receiving their first nominations were Cinema Vanguard Award recipients Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones for their performances in The Theory of Everything; this year’s Outstanding Performer of the Year honoree, Steve Carell for his turn in Foxcatcher, and Virtuoso honorees JK Simmons for Whiplash and Rosamund Pike for Gone Girl. American Riviera Award honoree Patricia Arquette also received her first nomination, while her co-star Ethan Hawke received his fourth Oscar nomination for their performances in Boyhood.

Other Academy Award nominees who will be fêted at SBIFF include Artisan honorees Sandra Adair, Boyhood (Editing), Bill Corso & Kathrine Gordon, Foxcatcher (Hair & Makeup), Suzie Davies, Mr. Turner (Production Design), Shawn Patterson “Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie (Song), Richard King & Mark Weingarten, Interstellar (Sound Mixing & Editing) and 4-time Academy Award winner Joe Letteri of Weta Digital, who received a nomination for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (VFX).

Some of the films nominated today which will be showcased at SBIFF, include: the Animated Feature Films nominees How To Train Your Dragon2, Big Hero 6, and Boxtrolls; Documentary Feature CitizenFour, and all five Foreign Language Film nominees: Wild Tales from Argentina, Ida from Poland – which also received a nomination for cinematography, Leviathan from Russia, Tangerines from Estonia and Timbuktu from Mauritania.

This number does not reflect the as-yet unannounced honorees for the Outstanding Directors of the Year Award, or participants in the festival's screenwriters, producers and Women's panels: “It Starts With the Script,” “Movers and Shakers,” and Creative Forces: Women in the Business, which will soon be announced.

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG® Australia, is dedicated to discovering and showcasing the best in independent and international cinema. Now celebrating its 30th anniversary, SBIFF offers 200+ films, tributes and symposiums that range from American indie films to world cinema and everything in-between. With its commitment to cultural diversity and powerful storytelling, SBIFF transforms beautiful downtown Santa Barbara, CA into a rich destination for film lovers, which attract more than 85,000 attendees. SBIFF is committed to providing free children’s education and community outreach programs through its 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking and Screenwriting Competitions, Mike’s Field Trip to the Movies, AppleBox Family Films, 3rd Weekend and educational seminars. The Festival is set to run January 27 – February 7, 2015.

For more information, please visit www.sbiff.org.