Florida Film Institute, Inc.    
  Newsletter October 2010  

A Message from Stephanie Martino

Stephanie Martino

We are so excited that the CINEMA program has started in 3 schools and all of the students are really enjoying the creative process! . . . In addition, we have some wonderful things happening with our films from previous years . . .

5 Schools participating in CINEMA 2010-2011
(6th school has yet to be determined)

Robert Morgan Educational Center
18180 SW 122 Ave
Miami, FL. 33177
Dr. Devin Marsh, teacher

Alonzo and Tracy Mourning High School
2601 NE 151 St.
North Miami, FL 33160
Victor Fernandez, teacher

Felix Varela High School
15255 SW 96 St.
Miami, FL. 33196
Vivian Lorenzo-Guerra, teacher

Booker T. Washington High School
1200 NW 6th Ave
Miami, Fl. 33136
Howard Bloom, teacher

South Miami High School
6856 SW 53rd St.
Miami, FL. 33155
Rudy Diaz, teacher

Introduction of New FFI Instructor

Deana studied film at Ai Miami International University of Art & Design. Upon graduation, Deana worked on several commercials and music video shoots while she worked as a Theatre Manager of the South Beach Regal Entertainment Group. There she mastered the projection booth, and worked along side a number of notable film festivals including the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival and the Miami International Film Festival. Following that, Deana obtained another Management position with Miami Dade College’s School of Entertainment & Design Technologies where she helps students develop their skills as filmmakers while still working on her own film projects in the Miami area.

Deana Williams
Deana Williams

Special thanks to our sponsors

The Children's Trust miami-dade county

Florida Arts and Culture, Division of Cultural Affairs marlins community foundation

miami-dade public schools

Film Festival Updates!

We are so excited to share the exciting news . . .

FFI wants to congratulate the filmmakers of "THE BIG BREAK" - this film (created by last years students from John Ferguson Senior High School ) has been chosen to receive The John Muir Film Award at the 2010 Yosemite Film Festival!

"The Big Break" from JFSHS and "Final Encore: from SWSHS have been selected for The Independents' Film Festival! For more info check out the link below! Congrats again to all of the filmmakers!

"Final Encore" has won the certificate of merit for writing at The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.

CONGRATULATIONS to all of the CINEMA participants and teachers!

Watch FFI on “You Tube”


We’ve finally succumbed to the lure of Internet video broadcasting. You can now view the wonderful films made by our students online anytime you want. As a matter of fact we encourage it. The films are actually an ongoing anthology of the attitudes of the young people who make them, acting as a mirror of their environment, concerns and problems. Every film is compelling in its own way and most have won awards at film festivals across the country.

You’ll find us at: www.youtube.com/flfilm
See you there!

Join FFI on “Facebook”


For those of you who don’t know, FFI has its own Facebook page. It’s currently being filled with interesting content by our staff, instructors, students, and from contributors throughout the film community. In the coming months you’ll find videos, production pictures, blogs, and program information. Click on the Facebook logo above or CLICK HERE to visit our Facebook page and click on 'Like' to stay connected to FFI and see what exciting things are happening for our CINEMA students!

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