August 2008 Announcement
Florida Film Institute Kicks Off its 16th Season.

Dear friends and colleagues

This year, the Florida Film Institute (FFI) kicks off its 16th season. Since 1992, FFI has mentored over 4,675 Miami-Dade and Broward County students through its CINEMA, Cinematographers in Education and Media Arts, program in local schools and community centers. Our student films have been recognized over 30 times by the Film Festival awards including national, regional and local awards. Click here to see a selection of the award winning films.

Imagine having had the opportunity to shoot a film while in middle school or high school? CINEMA does just that by providing an empowering hands-on experience for students, offering them the opportunity to make their own films. The focused workshops provide an in-depth look at: script writing, location shooting, cinematography, acting on screen, lighting, directing, editing, sound, wardrobe and makeup. It allows the young participants to explore the creative process of cinema as a means to increase self-esteem and develop decision-making skills necessary in any profession.

You can help make the dream of making a movie a reality for a teenager today with as little as $25. As the only organization in Florida that provides a program for students to write, produce and direct their own films, FFI offers a unique experience that will more than likely change their lives. Your donation to the Florida Film Institute is an investment towards the development of a young adult and possibly the next Steven Spielberg.

Click here to make your contribution today.

Thank you in advance for your support to the Florida Film Institute!


Stephanie Martino-Rizzi

Director of Development

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.