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Santa Barbara International Film Festival To Take Place Using Drive-In Format

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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will take place this year with some in-person events, despite the pandemic.

Festival officials say they are planning to screen some 80 films using giant, drive-in style screens in parking lots at Santa Barbara City College. 

Film Festival Executive Director Roger Durling told KCLU's John Palminteri the screenings will be free, and showcase a number of documentaries and foreign films. 

The pop-up drive-in concept is similar to a series of COVID-19 inspired movie screenings last year at the Ventura County Fairgrounds which attracted large crowds.

The festival will also honor tributes to Bill Murray and Sacha Baron Cohen.  Those will be live ticketed online events.

This year's festival is set for March 31st through April 10th.