September 4, 2018 – FFI’s Award-Winning Cinema Program to Offer Dual Enrollment for Qualified High School Students


Meagan Lewis, Lead Site Coordinator
Florida Film Institute

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.

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. Since its inception in 1992, FFI has mentored over 4,900 middle and high school students from Miami-Dade and Broward Counties and in the past 16 years, FFI student films have received 32 exciting awards in filmmaking. For more information about the workshops offered visit