The second annual acquisitions programme of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) will run from Jan 24-27 2013.

The event is staged in association with Los Angeles-based Traction Media and offers an opportunity for buyers to get priority access to showcased films.

“We are thrilled with the success of last year’s acquisitions weekend,” said SBIFF board president and Traction Media principal Doug Stone.

“Last year’s Acquisitions Program included a number of films that secured distribution following the festival, such as Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best [pictured], Otter 501, Samsara, Sassy Pants and 2012 Audience Choice winner Starbuck, to name a few.

“SBIFF continues with its commitment to nurturing independent films for distribution through this programme and looks forward to the opportunity to showcase high-quality filmmaking again this year.” 

The 28th SBIFF is scheduled to take place from Jan 24-Feb 3 2013.