Rosebud Program Inspires Creativity in Santa Barbara Film Students

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Rosebud Program

A short documentary produced and directed by Lianne Klapper McNally, Artists and Orphans: A True Drama recounts the humanitarian efforts of a New York theater troupe that improved living conditions at an orphanage in the Republic of Georgia. During its screening run, Artists and Orphans: A True Drama received multiple awards and recognitions, including an Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary at the 2001 Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF). The SBIFF offers a number of year-round community education activities, such as the Rosebud Program.

The Rosebud Program targets local college students in the film discipline and provides them with an exclusive learning experience designed to inspire creativity and critical thinking in regards to cinema and film. Students will encounter opportunities for mentorships and the chance to connect with film-industry professionals that stimulate civic dialogue about key topics. Over the course of the program, students will also attend four film analysis classes, and various screenings and Q&A sessions hosted by the SBIFF Cinema Society. Furthermore, students can engage in discussions on films screened through a program-specific online forum.

A highly competitive program, the Rosebud Program accepts only 30 students during each year. Applicants must submit an application, statement of intent, and unofficial college transcripts to apply. For more information, visit


National Theatre Live from the Florida Film Festival

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Florida Film Festival

Released in 2001 by Not By Chance Productions, Inc., the short documentary Artists and Orphans: A True Drama was nominated for an Academy Award, among numerous other honors. Focusing on a group of artists who provide humanitarian aid after traveling to the Republic of Georgia for an international arts festival, Artists and Orphans: A True Drama was screened at festivals such as the Florida Film Festival, where it earned the audience award for Best Short Film.

In addition to bringing audiences together to enjoy a wide variety of films over 10 days, the Florida Film Festival also offers several other programs bringing viewers together with artistic works. These programs include the broadcast of National Theatre Live.

A project of the National Theatre in London, National Theatre Live brings the greatest of British theatre productions live to cinemas across the globe. Attendees can choose to purchase a season pass, which includes discounted admission to three performances and a glass of wine on the house.

Upcoming productions from National Theatre Live include George Bernard Shaw’s play about Joan of Arc, titled Saint Joan, which will be performed from the Donmar Warehouse. The play will be broadcast on May 21, 2017.