The 28th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) runs from Thursday January 24th to Sunday February 3rd. On Friday January 18th (from 6-8pm), KCSB ran its 7th Annual Film Fest Preview Special, hosted by Harry Lawton.

A complete podcast of this yearly special is now online here for playback or download. (See below.)

The preview includes a range of interviews with the Festival’s major organizers and programmers, a number of directors, particularly from the local area, and a general rundown of the major events taking place as well as the personalities coming to town to collect their awards.

This year’s honorees include Ben Affleck, Daniel Day-Lewis, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence. This year’s Festival boasts a rich selection of foreign films. The Fund For Santa Barbara, which sponsors a SBIFF Social Justice Award for Documentary Film, is also hosting a slate of provocative documentaries.