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FFI – Audience Award For Best Student Silent Film

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FFI Audience Choice Awards 2020
These are the 5 short (1 minute) silent films created by our students during the 2019-2020 school year via the Florida Film Institute’s after school CINEMA program. The amazing filmmakers that wrote, produced and directed these projects attend three different high schools in the Miami area. We are reaching out to Facebook film fans to help us pick the “audience choice award” for the best one! Please watch the films and then vote your favorite! We hope you enjoy the reel and please stay safe.
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TITLE: Entropic Reality
LOGLINE: A man trapped in a video game must fight for survival!
PRODUCER: Sebastian Elguera
DIRECTOR: Andrew Gomez
SCHOOL: John A. Ferguson Senior High School

TITLE: Oye Chico!
LOGLINE: A girl must get a boy’s attention before it’s too late!
PRODUCER: Brianna Arredondo
DIRECTOR: Nicholas Horne
SCHOOL: John A. Ferguson Senior High School

TITLE: Sugar Rush
LOGLINE: A group of high school kids go to prom, but will they make the memories they expected?
PRODUCER: Jan Suarez
DIRECTOR: Nayat Dukmak
SCHOOL: Westland Hialeah Senior High School Thanks for your time!

TITLE: The Great Enterprise
LOGLINE: Students in detention work together to buy a chocolate bar in secret.
PRODUCER: Rachel Vazquez
DIRECTOR: Delta Flores
SCHOOL: Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High School

TITLE: The Hand
LOGLINE: 6 children cowering in fear from a threat coming from outside the room they’re in, one of them vanishes.
PRODUCER: Delta Flores
DIRECTOR: Noah Medina
SCHOOL: Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High School

Registration Now Open For FFI’s Summer Film Camp!

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MIAMI – March 12th, 2019 – Registration is now open for FFI’s Summer Film Camp which runs from June 17th – July 26th, 2019. Space is available for up to 25 students from 13 to 18 years of age. The cost is $745 which includes the registration fee. Limited scholarships are available.

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The six week workshop takes place Mon. – Thurs. from 10am – 1pm at Coral Gables Art Cinema located at 260 Aragon Avenue in Coral Gables, FL.

Registration Deadline is June 3rd, 2019…

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There will be a focus on essential and practical aspects of commercial motion picture production, including:


FFI’s Award-Winning Cinema Program to Offer Dual Enrollment for Qualified High School Students

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FFI Cinema Program

MIAMI – September 4th, 2018 – The Florida Film Institute (FFI), in partnership with the School of Entertainment & Design Technology (SEDT) at Miami Dade College – North Campus, is excited to now offer dual enrollment for those high school students interested in pursuing a career in film or television. The dual enrollment program will offer qualified students the option to earn credits towards their associate and bachelor’s degrees with the college. FFI is able to provide this program as a direct result of being awarded a youth development grant from The Children’s Trust.

The three Miami-Dade public schools that will be participating in the 2018-2019 Cinematographers in Education and Media Arts (CINEMA) program are John A. Ferguson Senior High School, Westland Hialeah Senior High School and Young Men’s Preparatory Academy.

“FFI is the first organization in South Florida to offer a dual enrollment program in filmmaking. This expansion of our current model gives students an amazing opportunity to earn free college credit in filmmaking while learning. CINEMA does an excellent job of teaching the basics of the craft and provides the unique educational experience of creating a project in a team based setting” says Stephanie Martino, founder and president of FFI.

SEDT offers training in a variety of exciting careers in creative industries such as computer animation, film production, graphic design, music business, TV production, web design and photography. SEDT is a community of scholars, professionals, and partnerships whose mission is to provide access to an affordable, world-class education by combining technical, theoretical, and practical hands-on experience to empower students to meet the increasing demands of the local entertainment and multi-media industries. In addition, SEDT serves those who are currently employed in the industry and desire to upgrade and enhance their skills.

For more information about MDC-N and its programming, please call 305.237.1696 or check out the website


Celebrating 26 years of inspiring filmmakers, FFI’s Cinematographers in Education and Media Arts (CINEMA) enriches the educational platform for young adults by providing a hands-on learning experience that teaches the art, business and science of filmmaking. Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, The Children’s Trust, Coral Gables Art Cinema and Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

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