August 2011 Newsletter

A Message From Stephanie Martino


FFI has had a very busy summer! Once the CINEMA program ended after the school year was over, we immediately got back into production mode with our summer film camp. For 6 weeks, our the camp participants experienced an intense filmmaking process and had a fun time learning about pre-production, film lighting, camera, sound and editing. The student filmmakers created a mystery/suspense thriller, a short film titled “THE HOST”, a group of students are invited to a party, but not everything is what it seems.

The camp was held at the Coral Gables Art Cinema- it was the perfect venue for our summer program! At the end of July the students shot their film over a period of ten hours in one day. Currently, the editors are hard at work completing the post production phase. We look forward to having a public screening of this film at CGAC sometime in September. Stay tuned for that info, we would love to see all of you there!

I want to send a special thanks to the wonderful organizations that provide us with the funding we need to operate, they are the real heart of our Institute, for with their help we are able to create an increased educational awareness in hundreds of students a year, many of whom would never get the kind of life altering experience that our programs bring to them. And to you our supporters, I offer a continuing heartfelt thank you on behalf of everyone here at FFI and all those students who appreciate your warmhearted attention.

We are now in pre-production for the CINEMA program for the 2011-2012 school year. It is a very exciting time around FFI as we plan to enter 6 high schools and meet our new students. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for weekly updates. Hope each of you had a wonderful summer!

Local Press

Our Summer Film Camp program was recently featured in the Miami Herald and on Coral Gables Cable TV! Click below to see the coverage!


In partnership with the Little Haiti Cultural Center, there is an open call for auditions for our Saturday film program on Saturday, September 17th from 10:30am- 12:30pm. The chosen film participants will meet for 18 sessions thru the end of February. This award-winning program is open to high school students (between the ages of 13 and 18). All sessions will be held at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, located at 212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL. 33137. This is a FREE program but please note there is a $25 required registration fee. Title sponsorship for this program was made possible by The Miami Foundation.


FINAL CHAPTER (from FVSHS) and TRAPPED (from RMEC), have both been chosen as Official Selections of the 2011 Independents’ Film Festival (IFF)! Congrats to all of the filmmakers….stay tuned for screening dates and additional info! Here is the link for the festival:


We want to hear from you! Please check out FFI’s Facebook Page and stay updated with what is new and upcoming with our award winning film programs. But also, while you are there we encourage you to start posting some of your own thoughts and ideas about filmmaking- perhaps, what is your favorite film and why? or what programs you would like FFI to consider producing in the future? It would be great to get a dialogue going between our FB page and our many fans!

Watch FFI on “You Tube”

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 some have won awards at film festivals across the country.

You’ll find us at:
See you there!


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.