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Roger Durling

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For more than a decade, Roger Durling has been the executive director of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. In this role, he has grown the festival from a community event into an international attraction with films from around the world. This includes establishing a series of industry panels, producing numerous celebrity tributes, developing the Cinema Society for yearly subscribers, and creating the 10-10-10 filmmaking competition for college and high school students, to name a few.

Concurrently, Roger is an adjunct film studies professor at Santa Barbara City College, where he teaches courses in film appreciation, film genres, and great directors.

Roger is passionate about supporting education, and is a member of the Leadership Council of his high school alma mater the Peddie School, a preparatory school in Hightstown, New Jersey. The Peddie School is committed to the intellectual, social, and moral growth of individuals with diverse talents and backgrounds whose excitement, curiosity, and character create an educational community where passion for learning grows.

In 2004, Roger received the Santa Barbara Downtown Organization’s Citizen of the Year award. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and a master’s degree from Columbia University.

Author: Jessica Tade


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