January 5, 2007 – Miami Northwestern High School Students Honored with Awards and Film Festival Appearance.


Sofia Saltzgaver / Jorge Martinez
The Conroy Martinez Group

Miami, FL – January 05, 2007 – Twenty students from Miami Northwestern High School’s Performing and Visual Arts Center drama class were awarded the “Best Florida Film,” at the 2006 Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival: High School Film Competition for their short film “A New Love.” In addition, Marcus Issac, Producer and Editor of “A New Love,” was awarded the 2006 Miami Dade Mayor’s Office of Film & Entertainment: Student Filmmaker Award, for his outstanding contributions on the film.

The students, members of the in-school CINEMA program of the Florida Film Institute (FFI), a non-profit organization mentoring more than 4,200 aspiring young filmmakers throughout Miami-Dade and Broward counties, will screen their film at the “Romance in a Can Film Festival” on opening night, February 9, 2007 at the Byron Carlyle Theatre on Miami Beach.

“Last Year, was outstanding for our student filmmakers,” said Stephanie Martino-Rizzi, Founder and President of FFI. “The film has achieved a tremendous amount of exposure in South Florida, from festivals, to awards, and even cable television.”

The festival, which is sponsored by Red Chemistry, is organized to promote the art of film making, by providing unknown or independent filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their films in Florida.

Founded in 1992, the Florida Film Institute teaches the art, science and business of filmmaking through a series of workshops designed to inspire and empower aspiring filmmakers, providing them with the know-how to create their own film. The Florida Film Institute acknowledges numerous organizations for their support, especially 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, Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, The Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts, Miami-Dade County Public Schools , Marlins Community Foundation, Cornerstone For Kids , Miami-Dade Mayor’s Office of Film & Entertainment and Bank Atlantic Foundation.

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