Tonight is a big night in the 30-year history of Film Cincinnati, as the movie, “the public,” has its world premiere tonight as the opening film at the 33rd annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF).

While hundreds of movies, features and commercials have been shot in Cincinnati, this is one time that Cincinnati gets to play itself, as the Emilio Estevez-written film is set in Cincinnati—specifically, the public library downtown.

“Tonight’s world premiere is a special moment for the film, but it’s also a special moment for Film Cincinnati,” said Kristen Schlotman, executive director. “It shows that Cincinnati’s locations, crews and extras are deserving of the international film spotlight.”

We have a delegation of more than 50 from Cincinnati in Santa Barbara supporting Film Cincinnati, and supporting ‘the public.’ It is a time for Film Cincinnati to walk the red carpet and take its place among the major film destinations for movie makers, producers and financiers.

Film Cincinnati could not have made it here without the support of our supporters, partners and donors who help continue the work of bringing major motion pictures into the Greater Cincinnati area. We are proud to have Film Cincinnati walk the red carpet tonight and are looking forward to many more opportunities to come to show off Cincinnati to the film industry.