The line-up culls 215 films from 49 countries including 20 world premieres and festival brass also announced that Norman Jewison will serve as guest director and that there will be a tribute to Julie Christie.
Among the line-up at the festival, which runs from Jan 24 to Feb 3, are world premieres of Glenn Gers' US relationship drama Disfigured and Jason Bourque's Canadian documentary Dreams Of Flight about an Arctic explorer turned aerial dance choreographer.
Jeremy Podeswa's Fugitive Pieces gets its US premiere, as do Martin Theo Krieger's German drama Beautiful Bitch and Jose Antonio Salgot's drama My Way from Spain.
Screenings include Michael Winterbottom's A Mighty Heart, Andrew Dominik's The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford and Sarah Polley's Away From Her.
There are sidebars on nature and extreme sports, as well as spotlights on cinema from Eastern Europe, Asia, Spain and Latin America. Jewison's involvement offers attendees the chance to watch In The Heat Of The Night, The Thomas Crown Affair and Moonstruck.
SBIFF special tribute honourees are: Cate Blanchett for the Modern Master Award; Javier Bardem for the Montecito Award; Ryan Gosling for the new Independent Award; Casey Affleck, Marion Cotillard, James McAvoy, Ellen Page and Amy Ryan for the Virtuosos 2008 Award; Tommy Lee Jones for the American Riviera Award; and Angelina Jolie for the Outstanding Performance Of The Year Award.
For further details visit the festival's official website at www.sbiff.org.