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Cinematographers In Education and Media Arts


FFI's CINEMA, Cinematographers in Education and Media Arts, programs take place in local schools and community centers provides an empowering hands-on experience for students, offering them the opportunity to make their own films. CINEMA is a series of workshops that empower students with all the knowledge they need to produce a short film. Focused workshops provide an in-depth look at: script writing, location shooting, cinematography, acting on screen, lighting, directing, editing, sound, wardrobe, makeup and marketing. We encourage participants to explore the creative process of cinema as a means to increase self-esteem and develop decision-making skills necessary in any profession.


FFI has worked in Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS), offering our CINEMA program to students in Miami-Dade County. In addition to the schools, CINEMA has also been offered at the Miami Children's Museum, Miami Job Corps, AGAPE Family Services, Little Haiti Cultural Center, City of Miami Mayor's Heart of the Parks, Museum of Contemporary Art MOCA, Coral Gables Art Cinema and some schools in Broward County.


Our program helps prepare students for a future in the film industry. There is a great need for skilled professionals in the field, and the workshop series will provide students with an introduction to career options as well as an understanding of the film industry, the various roles in film production and the practical skills needed in each area.

The Florida Film Institute (FFI) was established to provide students and adults with a nurturing and hands-on environment in the field of Media Arts. Since its inception in 1992, FFI has mentored over 6,320 middle and high school students from Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. FFI strives to provide a nurturing environment to teach the art, business and science of filmmaking, so that the participants may have the confidence and experience necessary to consider it as a viable career path.
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