*Santa Barbara, CA – Carl Weathers will present Sylvester Stallone with the prestigious Montecito Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, reuniting the two stars from the Oscar-winning Rocky.
Stallone is receiving the award for his award-winning performance in Ryan Coogler’s hit film Creed.
Given to a person in the entertainment industry who has made a great contribution to film, the award will be presented to Stallone at a ceremony on Tuesday, February 9, at the historic Arlington Theater.
Weathers famously portrayed Heavyweight Champion Apollo Creed in the original Rocky films, first squaring off with the Italian Stallion in Rocky and Rocky II, and returning in Rocky III and Rocky IV as Rocky’s close friend and trainer. The new film, Creed, centers on Apollo’s son, Adonis Creed (played by Michael B. Jordan), who never knew his famous father. But with boxing in his blood, Adonis turns to Rocky Balboa to train him for the ring.
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About the Santa Barbara International Film Festival
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts and educational organization dedicated to discovering and showcasing the best in independent and international cinema. SBIFF offers 11 days of 200+ films, tributes and symposiums that transforms beautiful downtown Santa Barbara, CA into a rich destination for film lovers which attract more than 90,000 attendees.
SBIFF continues its commitment to education and the community through free programs like its 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking and Screenwriting Competitions, Mike’s Field Trip to the Movies, National Film Studies Program, AppleBox Family Films, 3rd Weekend and educational seminars. In recent years SBIFF has expanded its year round presence with regular screenings and Q&As with programs like Cinema Society, The Showcase and its Wave Film Festivals.