About CS

Founded in 1998 and presented by the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), Cinema Society (CS) gives the community the opportunity to celebrate the art of cinema throughout the year. Presenting an expansive schedule of screenings and special events, this program will foster an appreciation of independent and studio films, motion picture history and the marvelous diversity of world cinema. Many of the filmmakers and celebrity guests will be present to introduce films and participate in post-screening discussions. Please join us as SBIFF brings the community together for an exciting collection of cinematic experiences.

CS members are invited to on average 25 films per season and for many of those films, filmmakers and/or talent come for intimate Q&A’s. We also have on average 12 private receptions following select Q&A’s that our Premiere Members are invited to attend for drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and to meet the talent. The season starts every year in June and ends in May.

If you have any questions about the various memberships offered or would like to join, please call the Festival office at 805-963-0023.