The Rosebud Program provides twelve local college students extraordinary insider access to the film industry–and the option to get college credit for it!

Rosebud participants are invited to attend more than 30 sneak preview screenings through SBIFF’s Cinema Society, followed by Q&As and intimate discussions with the filmmakers and talent. Participants also enjoy group discussions centered around filmmaking and film analysis, and can add a research component to earn credit through Roger Durling’s Independent Study course at SBCC.

Program Testimonials:

“Going to the best theater I’ve ever been in in my life with a group of others my age—now new friends—who also love film as much as I do, created such a unique experience. For me, some of the highlights were speaking to Mads Mikkelsen and Emerald Fennell, who both graciously took a lot of time to actually stick around and talk with us for a while; and meeting Lord & Miller briefly since I’m a big fan of their work. There were also a couple of movies—specifically international films—that I would’ve likely not seen otherwise.” – Najee Werners, UCSB

“SBIFF’s Rosebud program has easily been the most fun and engaging experience I’ve had in college so far. During my time in Rosebud, I was introduced to and able to question some of the best writers, directors, actors, producers, and below-the-line filmmakers working today…So much of my confidence and current creative process has been molded through Rosebud, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity.” – Wesley Yowell, Westmont College

“Our little group of 12 would then watch in awe as the directors, actors, sound mixers, editors, and more would file into the Riviera to share their inspiration behind their work. Then, if we were lucky, we had the opportunity to ask questions and share our personal testimonies with our idols and heros in the receptions. I will never forget shaking J.A. Bayona’s hand, chatting with Emerald Fennell, hearing industry advice from Mads Mikkelson, talking music with Mark Ronson, laughing with Carey Mulligan, and so much more.” – Brooke Westphal, UCSB

2023-24 Participants
Alberto Rojas – UCSB
Andrea Weaver – SBCC
Brooke Westphal – UCSB
Charlotte Berry – UCSB
Emily Pineda – SBCC
Gabriella De Rugeriis – SBCC
Giselle “Alexa” Alberto – UCSB/Allan Hancock
Grace Redford – Westmont
Najee Werners – UCSB
Rytasha Kumardeen – UCSB
Tyra Jernberg – SBCC
Wesley Yowell – Westmont
2022-23 Participants
Ivan Carmona-Alvarez
Yasmine Castaneda
Zhen Chen
Luke Gordnier
Leah Grossmann
Caroline Guzman
Sol Lopez
Maija Lynch
Jenel Nguyen
Houston Sasselli
Perry Valentino
Ash Vanyo
2021-22 Participants
Angie Sanchez
Stewart Short
Malia Yim
Bailey Lemmon
Darby Naughton
Ian Overton
Gavin Callow
Maggie Kubeja
Hunter Hawkins
Savanna Ramirez
Santi Bailey Musacchio
Matthew Martinez
2020-21 Participants
Angie Sanchez
Bailey Lemmon
Catherine Conmy
Cole Person
Darby Naughton
Dylan Ruebenstahl
Eva Moschitto
Grace Miller
Ian Overton
Malia Yim
Mariana Michaelis
Stewart Short
2019-20 Participants
Avi Laird
Regina Reese
Lamont Stiff
Laura Esquivel
Hailey Higgs
Caitlin Wilson
Laith Mustafa
Errol Sullivan
Zilia Nguyen
Katherine Swartz
Angela Friedman
2018-19 Participants
Ilias Kyriakidis
Joseph Demaria
Isabella Vasquez
Faith Ishiwata
Daoji Yang
Marina Dalarossa
Michelle Dalarossa
Elizabeth Cook
Anita Carraher
Madeline Burke
2017-18 Participants
Dale Reilley
Naum Milyavskiy
Lawrence Gleeson
Nathan Leonard
Alara Worrick
Alexander Wehrung
Jacob Ayers
Kenneth White
Will Huebner
Chris Reilley
2016-17 Participants
Amy Yoo
Camilla Johansson
Claire Rossi
Jackson Belway
Jonathan Skidanov
Lisset Sanchez
Nouchee Vang
Victoria Bruno
Yungshan Yip
Sean Carroll