UGG and Santa Barbara International Film Festival Honor Johnny Depp

The 'Maltin Modern Masters' Award Celebrates Lifelong Achievements in Film

Feb 05, 2016, 18:25 ET from UGG(R)

NEW YORK, Feb. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Last night, during the second evening of the 31st annual Santa Barbara Film Festival, UGG® (a division of Deckers Brands, NYSE: DECK), had the privilege of presenting Johnny Depp with the Maltin Modern Masters award for his achievements in film. The award is the highest honor given during the 11 day festival, which is running February 3rd through February 13th at the historic Arlington theatre in the heart of Santa Barbara.

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Depp was honored for his commitment to many diverse roles including Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Chocolat, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Black Mass, just to name a few.

"It is a pleasure to once again join our friends at the SBIFF, in our hometown of Santa Barbara, to honor one of the most accomplished film professionals of our time," says Nicks Ericsson, UGG® Director of Marketing for the women's division. "Mr. Depp's ability to inspire us all through his work is what makes him the perfect recipient for this year's top honor."

UGG® is proud to present what was previously known as the Modern Master Award. Established in 1995, it is the highest accolade presented by SBIFF. Created to honor an individual who has enriched our culture through accomplishments in the motion picture industry, it was re-named the Maltin Modern Master Award in 2015 in honor of long-time SBIFF moderator and renowned film critic Leonard Maltin. Past recipients include Michael Keaton, Bruce Dern, Ben Affleck, Christopher Plummer, Christopher Nolan, James Cameron, Clint Eastwood, Cate Blanchett, Will Smith, George Clooney and Peter Jackson.

Images from the evening, courtesy of Fritz Olenberger and UGG®, are accessible here.

"Originally founded in 1978 on the shores of Southern California, we continue to draw inspiration from our relaxed, California casual lifestyle. The spirit of the SBIFF is the perfect backdrop for us to celebrate our roots with our community near and far," continues Ericsson.

In honor of the festival and the people of Santa Barbara, UGG® invites festival goers to its Brand Showcase at 6601 Hollister Avenue in Goleta to experience firsthand the luxurious comfort and effortless style of the brand's footwear, handbags and accessories, loungewear and home collections. During the 11 days of the festival, visitors to the Showcase will have access to a 20% discount on all purchases with their ticket stubs and/or event programs. 

About the UGG® brand Founded in 1978 in California, the UGG® brand has built a reputation on luxury and comfort by using only the finest materials in the world, employing the highest standards of craftsmanship, and delivering new and innovative styles. The UGG® brand is recognized as a premium lifestyle brand with more than $1 billion in annual sales, offering men's, women's and kid's footwear as well as loungewear, outerwear, home products, cold weather accessories and handbags. The brand's concept and outlet stores offer the ultimate brand experience with 150 locations worldwide, including New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Paris, London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. For more information please visit or the brand's official blog at @UGGAustralia #thisisUGG

About Deckers Brands Deckers Brands is a global leader in designing, marketing and distributing innovative footwear, apparel and accessories developed for both everyday casual lifestyle use and high performance activities. The Company's portfolio of brands includes UGG®, Teva®, Sanuk®, Ahnu®, HOKA ONE ONE® and Koolaburra®. Deckers Brands products are sold in more than 50 countries and territories through select department and specialty stores, 154 Company-owned and operated retail stores, and select online stores, including Company-owned websites. Deckers Brands has a 40-year history of building niche footwear brands into lifestyle market leaders attracting millions of loyal consumers globally. For more information, please visit