The Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema went to Poppy Shakespeare, Benjamin Ross' account of friendship in a psychiatric hospital and the best documentary prize went to Yes Madam, Sir about the social activist and retired Indian Police Service officer Jiran Bedi. The film also won the Fund For Santa Barbara Social Justice Award.
The Nueva Vision Award for the best Spanish-language film was awarded to Fernando Lebrija's Mexico-set romantic thriller Amar A Morir, while the best Eastern Bloc Cinema Award went to Sergei Dvortsevoy's German comedy Tulpan.
Sam Taylor-Wood's Love You More produced by the late Anthony Minghella won the Bruce Corwin Award for best live action short. The Bruce Corwin Award for best animation short film went to This Way Up by Adam Foulkes and Alan Smith.
The SB Independent Audience Choice Award went to Anthony Fabian's drama Skin starring Sophie Okonedo, Sam Neill and Alice Krige.
The festival ran from January 22-February 1 and closed with the world premiere of Jeff Balsmeyer's The Lightbulb starring Dallas Roberts, Jeremy Renner and Ayelet Zurer.