Santa Barbara International Film Festival Appoints Benjamin Goedert as Development Director

Benjamin Goedert Santa Barbara International Film Festival Development Director

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) has selected Benjamin Goedert as Development Director, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He began his tenure in October 2019.

A fundraising professional and film scholar, Mr. Goedert comes to SBIFF from Cox Communications in Santa Barbara where he worked as a Public Affairs Specialist. Prior to his tenure with Cox Communications, he spent five years with SBIFF as a Development Manager, managing partnerships with esteemed brands such as Amazon Studios, Belvedere, Netflix, Toyota, and UGG. He also conducted The Riviera Project, raising $5 million for a renovation to convert the Riviera Theatre into SBIFF’s programming center—and one of Santa Barbara’s leading arthouse theaters.

Mr. Goedert attended Santa Barbara City College in 2008, joining SBIFF’s internship program as a result of attending SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling’s film class. He also studied film and media at the University of California, Santa Barbara prior to being hired to join the SBIFF Development Department.

In making the announcement, SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling said, “After an extensive national search, lo and behold we’ve hired an extraordinary professional in Benjamin Goedert, who has been championing the SBIFF mission since 2008. Goedert has the know-how to lead the festival’s advancement efforts with a unique perspective and energy. At SBIFF, education is at the heart of our mission and Ben is an integral part of that.”

“I am honored to be a part of SBIFF during such a remarkable time in the organization’s history,” said Mr. Goedert. “With the thriving programming at the Riviera Theatre and the recent addition of the Education Center downtown, we are more capable than ever to bring quality arts education to our community. The board, our staff, and dedicated team of supporters are incredible and I’m certain together we will take the festival, and our film community, to the next level.”

“Congratulations to the Santa Barbara International Film Festival during this exciting point in its history,” said ACG Senior Vice President Martin Bragg. “It was a great pleasure working with the search committee to place Benjamin Goedert in this key role. The ACG team is confident he will help enhance SBIFF’s philanthropic activities and fulfill the organization’s mission to engage, enrich, and inspire people through the power of film.”

October 2019

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