SBIFF__140107180103Santa Barbara, CA – The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG® Australia, is pleased to announce the first weekend panelists. Starting at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 1, at the Lobero Theatre will be the Movers and Shakers panel, which brings together some of today’s most established producers to discuss their current projects and their vision of American cinema within the Hollywood system. Moderated by Los Angeles Times film writer John Horn, this year’s panelists include: Albert Berger (Nebraska), Robbie Brenner (Dallas Buyers Club), Dana Brunetti (Captain Phillips), Dede Gardner (12 Years a Slave), Joey McFarland (producer, Wolf of Wall Street) Charles Roven (American Hustle), Gaby Tana (Philomena) and Ron Yerxa (Nebraska). Sponsored by Integrated Media Technologies, Inc.

Following the producer’s panel at 2:00 p.m., is SBIFF’s Creative Forces: Women in the Biz panel which spotlights creative decision-makers sharing the challenges and successes they have faced as women in the industry. Moderated by Madelyn Hammond, this year’s panelists include: Kristine Belson (producer, The Croods), Dede Gardner (12 Years a Slave), Lauren MacMullen (director, Get A Horse, Animated short), Rachel Winter (producer, Dallas Buyers Club) and Sara Woodhatch (producer, Before Midnight). Sponsored by Fielding Graduate University Worldwide Network for Gender Empowerment.

Panelists for the second weekend will be announced soon.