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Due to the current COVID19 pandemic the FFI after school CINEMA program will take place virtually, until M-DCPS deems it safe to open up schools. Even though we cannot be in person we are moving forward and entering the 28th year of producing award-winning programming.  FFI transitioned to this virtual program in March 2020 when the quarantine began- and amazingly, the platform was a huge success as well as this past summer during our film camp. CINEMA is geared to high school students who seek an opportunity to practice formal film production methods. Students will be using their own devices to create projects, mainly smartphones which are vastly becoming a dynamic tool in filmmaking! We are creating the next generation of mobile creators!

The program will feature instruction by film industry professionals. FFI after school CINEMA program will provide a creative and educational outlet for students that need to focus on their potential and also help them plan for their future careers. In addition, the vision of this program is to provide a fun, captivating and necessary environment that allows students be involved in something that will eventually lead them to productivity in their overall life.

The Florida Film Institute, in partnership with The School of Entertainment and Design Technology at Miami Dade College – North Campus, will provide 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 Associates and Bachelor’s degree with the college.

The three Miami-Dade public schools that will be participating in the 2020- 2021 CINEMA program will be Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High School, John A. Ferguson Senior High School and Westland Hialeah Senior High School. Sessions at each of the three sites will run 2 days per week, every week for the duration of the school year.

Please note – this program is only open to students currently enrolled at these 3 specific schools, no exceptions!

Through instruction and coaching from working film and broadcasting professionals, students learn about film industry/careers, script writing, pre-production, sound, camera, editing, directing, and acting as they plan for, and they produce. The workshops consist of a short lecture with a Q and A session followed by hands-on experience working in teams with professional film equipment.

  • Fall Semester – Visual Communications
  • Spring Semester – Film Production 1: Intro To The Film Process

Through this program students will have a chance:

  • Learning Film Studies
  • Critical Thinking
  • Team Work
  • Writing Skills
  • Technical Skills
  • Production/Deadline Skills