April 28--The marquee letters and rolled-up red carpets have only now made their way into storage, but the Santa Barbara International Film Festival already has its eyes on its next close-up.
The festival's 28th edition will be held from Jan. 24 to Feb. 3, 2013, organizers announced earlier this month.
The 11-day event typically honors a half-dozen or more stars, sports a roster of about 200 films, hosts several discussion panels, offers a variety of educational programs and draws about 70,000 people each year.
The most recent festival, which ended Feb. 6, honored Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo, the stars of the Oscar-winning film "The Artist," as well as Oscar-winning actor Christopher Plummer, actress Viola Davis and director Martin Scorsese, among others.
Past honorees include a who's who of Hollywood -- George Clooney, Will Smith, Clint Eastwood, Angelina Jolie, James Cameron, Leonardo DiCaprio, Colin Firth, Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslet, Charlize Theron and many others.
In recent years, the festival has been situated amid the awards season hype and hoopla, and 2013 will be no different. Academy Award nominations will be announced Jan. 15, a little more than a week before the festival opens. The Oscars will be handed out at the 85th Academy Awards on Feb. 24.
Cinephiles can get a little jump on Oscars and festival fever starting this week.
Festival passes and packages go on sale Tuesday and will be discounted 25 percent through June 25. For tickets and more information, see www.sbfilmfestival.org or call the festival office at 963-0023.