The award-winning documentary Artists and Orphans: A True Drama recounts the story of a troupe of New York City performers who helped an orphanage while attending a theater festival in the Republic of Georgia. Artists and Orphans received an Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary at the 2001 Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF). A nonprofit arts and education organization, SBIFF holds a variety of educational events throughout the year, including its Film Studies Program..
The Film Studies Program provides undergraduate students the opportunity to broaden their horizons regarding film appreciation and analysis by participating in a range of SBIFF events. From priority access to film screenings to attending guest filmmaker Q&A sessions, the program consists of guided and self-guided activities that enable students to pursue their individual interests and get the most from the experience. Students will also attend the highly acclaimed Panel Series, which brings together notable industry professionals for discussions on an array of subjects.
Open to students across the US, students from outside Santa Barbara County will also receive overnight accommodations, in-town transportation, and a $500 travel stipend. Students from Santa Barbara County are accepted through Santa Barbara City College.