The Santa Barbara International Film Festival boasts a diverse programme and educational initiatives.

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which begins on February 7, returns for its 39th year with high stakes.

 Organisers must recreate past achievements while forging new roads to keep proceedings fresh, while remaining focused on an educational objective and celebrating the power of film.

This year's coastal festival will kick off with the world premiere of Matt Ogens and Joel Kachi Benson's "Madu," a Disney documentary about a young Nigerian whose ballet dance went viral online.

It culminates with the world premiere of "Chosen Family," directed and starring Heather Graham, who will also attend with the cast.

Heather Graham will also be in attendance with the cast.In the meanwhile, SBIFF will offer numerous notable film screenings and events.

This year's roster includes more than 200 films, with 70% of them making their US or world premieres at the festival, according to programming director Claudia Puig. 

 This includes nearly 75 feature films, 45 short films, and various additional projects.

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