Dom Pérignon returned for the fourth year as the Official Champagne of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival; a partnership that celebrates exceptional talent, inspiration, freedom of expression and impact in the world of film. Over the course of the festival, Dom Pérignon celebrated the SBIFF tribute honorees in the luxurious and singular Dom Pérignon Lounge. Vice President of Dom Perignon Niccolo Ragazzoni walked the red carpet during the 33rd Annual Festival representing the company that has been a sustaining supporting sponsor for SBIFF since 2014.

Margot Robbie & Allison Janney Accepting Awards from “I Tonya” Director Craig Gillespie

Allison Janney and Margot Robbie left the stage at the Arlington Theatre holding their 2018 Outstanding Performers of The Year Awards and took the stairs up to the Dom Perignon Lounge, where they were presented personalized magnum’s of Dom Perignon while Niccolo Ragazzoni, VP of Dom Perignon looked on.
The 2018 honorees included Willem Dafoe, Gary Oldman, Saoirse Ronan, Sam Rockwell, Margot Robbie and Allison Janney. Prior to each evening tribute, the honorees arrived in the Dom Pérignon Lounge where Dom Pérignon Vintage 2009 was poured with passed canapes and Petrossian caviar. After receiving their award and returning to the Dom Pérignon Lounge, each honoree was presented with a personalized magnum to commemorate the occasion.

Robbie & Janney Stage Interview

Dom Pierre Pérignon was the procurator of the Abbey of Hautvillers in Champagne from 1668 to 1715. His life’s work was guided by the single aim to create what he named: the “best wine in the world”. Today, each new vintage of Dom Pérignon is inspired by the same quest. For every vintage is a new beginning, a reinvention. Always a vintage wine, the Dom Pérignon commitment to vintages is absolute: Dom Pérignon is made from only the best grapes and is declared only in the most exceptional years, from a single year’s harvest only. Each Vintage has three Plénitudes, and is a true act of creation that is constantly renewed by Chef de Cave Richard Geoffroy.
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts and educational organization dedicated to discovering and showcasing the best in independent and international cinema. SBIFF offers 11 days of 200+ films, tributes and symposiums that transforms beautiful downtown Santa Barbara, CA into a rich destination for film lovers which attracts more than 90,000 attendees. SBIFF continues its commitment to education and the community through free programs like its 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking and Screenwriting Competitions, Mike’s Field Trip to the Movies, National Film Studies Program, AppleBox Family Films, 3rd Weekend and educational seminars. In recent years SBIFF has expanded its year round presence with regular screenings and Q&As with programs like Cinema Society, The Showcase and its Wave Film Festivals. For details visit:
By Bonnie Carroll