Belvedere Vodka returns as a partner of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) for the 2nd time, from January 31 through February 10, 2018. Guests of the acclaimed festival, now in its 33rd year, will enjoy signature Belvedere Vodka cocktails such as the Belvedere Rosemary Collins and Belvedere Old Fashioned, branded bar activations and more throughout the festival while they celebrate a vast array of films representing 58 countries, 45 world premieres, and 53 U.S. premieres, along with tributes of the year’s top talent.
“Belvedere Vodka is proud to return as a sponsor of SBIFF for the second year,” said Carlos Zepeda, VP Belvedere Vodka, US. “Given our brand’s foundation in the spirit of community, SBIFF’s celebration of the tremendous filmmakers and actors being honored this year is reflective of our shared values.”
In addition to treating cinephiles to curated cocktails throughout the ten days, Belvedere Vodka will serve as title sponsor of two tribute evenings, Opening Night and Outstanding Performers of the Year.
Belvedere Vodka will kickoff the festivities with the Opening Night Film and Gala on Wednesday, January 31st. Lucky guests at the historic Arlington Theatre will take in the world premiere of The Public, written and directed by Emilio Estevez, starring Estevez, Alec Baldwin, Jena Malone, Christian Slater, Taylor Schilling, Che “Rhymefest” Smith, Gabrielle Union, Jacob Vargas, Michael K. Williams, and Jeffrey Wright. After taking in the star-studded film from The Breakfast Club alum, guests over 21 will head to the center of downtown Santa Barbara to see the beautiful Spanish Paseo Nuevo transform into a film-themed gala filled with food, signature Belvedere Vodka cocktails, dancing, and live entertainment.
Outstanding Performers of the Year
Belvedere Vodka will present Margot Robbie and Allison Janney with the Outstanding Performers of the Year Awards, for their remarkable performances in I, Tonya. Both actresses were nominated for multiple awards for their performances, including Oscar nods. The tribute will be moderated by Scott Feinberg, Awards Columnist for The Hollywood Reporter. Patrons will have an opportunity to enjoy the feature cocktail of the evening, The Belvedere Espresso Martini.
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ABOUT BELVEDERE VODKA
Born of Rye, Water and Character.
Created in 1993, Belvedere Vodka was the first to generate a new standard for excellence in the vodka category and established the luxury vodka category. Today, Belvedere’s distinctive character and uncompromising integrity are recognized internationally by discriminating vodka enthusiasts who appreciate its all natural, additive free character. Crafted using Polish Dankowskie Rye and blended with water from its own local pristine source, Belvedere’s taste profile is distinctively soft with a subtle sweetness and smooth, clean finish.
ABOUT THE SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts and educational organization dedicated to discovering and showcasing the best in independent and international cinema. Over the past 30 years, SBIFF has become one of the leading film festivals in the United States – attracting 90,000 attendees and offering 11 days of 200+ films, tributes and symposiums, fulfilling their mission to engage, enrich, and inspire the Santa Barbara community through film.
SBIFF continues its commitment to education and the community through free programs like its 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking and Screenwriting Competitions, Mike’s Field Trip to the Movies, National Film Studies Program, AppleBox Family Films, 3rd Weekend and educational seminars. In June of 2016, SBIFF entered a new era with the acquisition of the historic and beloved Riviera Theatre. The theatre is SBIFF’s new home and is the catalyst for program expansion and marks the first time that Santa Barbara has had a 24/7 community center to expand their mission of educational outreach.