The Hugo Torres Best Picture Award honors the founding father of the Rosarito film festival and his commitment to continued diplomatic global dialogue and advocacy for Baja California.
The David P. Twomey III Creativity Award honors the memory of David Twomey, a gifted Emerson alum of the Rosarito programs, and strong advocate for human rights who passed away in 2009. David was the first coordinator of the RFF.
The Pedro Rodrigues Public Diplomacy Award honors the memory of Portuguese student Pedro Rodrigues, a passionate alum and advocate of the Rosarito Film Festival.
The Anne Hines Award For Excellence in Grassroots Leadership honors the memory of Rosarito Journalist and Social Advocate Anne Hines for a film that epitomizes grassroots efforts and collaboration between cultures.
The Janice Payne Best Actress Award honors the spirit of Janice Payne, a Rosarito Film Festival founder, and director of the LA internship program, Boston University’s LA Program and the Emerson College LA Internship Program.
The Michael McManus Best Actor Award honors the contributions of the first Rosarito Film Festival Director Michael McManus, Emerson alum and global advocate for cultural awareness.
The Markuz Delgado Mentor Award honors student participants who lend a helping hand to others as they complete their film festival projects and reflects the positive camaraderie of our film festival director.
The Ron Raposa Social Media Award honors student participants who exhibit social media savvy, enhancing the Rosarito Film Festival and Rosarito Public Diplomacy project in a positive manner that echoes the philosophy of its namesake.
The Helen Carlotta Rose Award For Excellence in Film Production honors the memory of a 50-year Emerson College Trustee for a filmmaker who demonstrates the ability to tackle difficult challenges through their artistic work and passion for communication.
The Zulene Payne Inspiration Award honors the spirit, passion and zest of life of Zulene Payne, a Rosarito Film Festival founder, for an artist whose work inspires us to always strive to reach beyond our potential.
The Husam Algosaibi Leadership honors the memory of this global Emerson alum and founder of the Saudi American Exchange, the first grass roots effort after 9/11 dedicated to promoting cross-cultural diplomacy, for an artist whose work bridges cultures and peoples.
FACULTY AND FOUNDERS
DIRECTOR, ROSARITO PUBLIC DIPLOMACY PROJECT
Dr. Gregory Payne is the Chair of Emerson College's Department of Communication Studies. He has led public diplomacy projects and partnerships with grassroots organizations in Baja California for over 40 years. Dr. Payne established the Rediscover Rosarito program at Emerson College and remains involved in building bridges between cultures and connecting students in the Rosarito program to change agents.
Mark Brodie is an Executive-in-Residence and Professor of Digital Storytelling at Emerson College. He led student workshops on social media content creation and digital storytelling over the course of the Rediscover Rosarito program, and managed the production of all student films.
Ashley Osmecki, a Boston native, is a recent graduate of the Public Relations program at Emerson College. Her focus on sports and entertainment provides the insight needed to help advise students to execute the production of the film festival. Osmecki was the show producer for the 2022 Rediscover Rosarito Film Festival, and is passionate about this program and its longevity.