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May 29, 2012 Announcement
Florida Film Institute & Coral Gables Art Cinema 2011-2012 CINEMA Program screenings.

The Florida Film Institute

The Florida Film Institute in partnership with the Coral Gables Art Cinema
would like to invite you to the 2011-2012 CINEMA Program awards and screenings
on Saturday, June 2nd from 10:00am – 1:00pm at The Coral Gables Arts Cinema.

We are excited to announce that this is the first year all eight films have been screened and judged by industry professionals. Awards will be given in the following categories: Directing, Cinematography, Screenwriting, Lighting, Sound and Editing.

This is a great opportunity for the student filmmakers and the public to see the films that were created through FFI’s award-winning film program.

The six schools that we will be showcasing are John Ferguson Senior High School, Coral Gables Senior High School, North Miami Beach Senior High School, Hialeah Miami Lakes Senior High School, Southwest Senior High School and Miami Senior High School. In addition, we will be premiering the films created by the participants in our 2011 summer film camp as well as our Saturday CINERAMA program.

Please RSVP to if you will be able to attend this FREE event! The Coral Gables Arts Cinema is located at 260 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL, 33134.

We hope you will be able to join us and help us to applaud all of our amazing and extremely talented student filmmakers!

See you at the movies!

Director: Julio Montesino
Summer Film Camp

A group of friends have been invited to a house by a mysterious stranger. They all share a common link; A dark, eerie man has been present at past tragic events in their lives. As they come together years later on this obscure night one key question remains: Is their host a force for good or the ultimate evil?

Director: Felipe Castilla
John Ferguson SHS

It’s senior year for four high school friends and they realize that it will be quite expensive. Desperate for cash, they seek the help of the most notorious syndicate in school and engage in the profitable business of selling…chocolates. Little do they know that this deal is not as sweet as they first envisioned.

Director: Kieran Luzardo
North Miami Beach SHS

Sarah Raven, a young female doctor has taken refuge at North Miami Beach Senior High School. There she discovers that new brain enhancing drug ATI-4 has gotten out and soon enough things get out of hand. As she documents the scientific happenings of the mysterious night crawlers, her truth is found.

Director: Franco Gutierrez
Hialeah Miami Lakes SHS

All Adam wanted to do was impress a girl with a school prank. But like usual the prank went wrong. The school was in ruins, the students sick and the principal wanted answers. Does the prankster get caught? Does he get the girl?

Psycho Thriller
Director: Dianne Garriga
Coral Gables SHS

Mystery plagues a high school when a boy falls into trouble after accidentally taking someone else’s bag. Determined to uncover a conspiracy plot lead by the teachers and staff, he discovers things are about to get worse.

Director: Christian Peskin
Southwest SHS

The vault is the classic tale of redemption for detective Funkhouser. After tremendously failing a previous case, he must now redeem his reputation or leave the scene.

Director: Manny Lopez
Miami High

Randy wants to land the girl of his dreams but he doesn’t have a really good history with approaching girls. He has a very embarrassing best friend and his dream girl’s boyfriend is the school star basketball player. Randy’s self esteem suffers as a result of feeling inadequate among his peers. This is his story about finding true love but also finding out a lot about himself in the process.

Director: Gabrielle Ibanez
CINERAMA Saturdays

Mickey and Jesse are business rivals in the competitive world of music entertainment. But Mickey has an ace up his sleeve and her name is Cleo, a singer with the voice of an angel. Mickey names his club, The Purr, after her because everyone says her voice “purrs” with emotion. Jesse, however, comes with an offer Cleo may not be able to resist. What will happen to Mickey and The Purr if Cleo leaves? That answer emerges from a much unexpected source.

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.


FFI is always seeking financial and in-kind support. In the event that you would like to donate dollars (or maybe just some sense!) please click HERE or contact the FFI office directly and speak with Stephanie.


Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the 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, is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County, Miami Dade College North Campus, School of Entertainment & Design Technology (SEDT), Garnet Productions, Coral Gables Art Cinema, VideoLab Solutions, and Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

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