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Student Film Institute


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Call for
Young Filmmakers

Calling all high school students interested in creating films! Artis—Naples presents a new opportunity for aspiring young filmmakers.

Student Application

Applications currently closed

The Artis—Naples Student Film Institute is a 3-week long summer program for high school age students, designed to expose students to all aspects of filmmaking and provide hands-on experience. Instruction includes screenwriting, directing and producing, cinematography, sound and editing. This program is taught by University of Miami professors and film professionals, Margaret Cardillo and Aaron Agrasanchez. The program is presented in partnership with Community School of Naples (CSN) and takes place on the CSN campus. By the end of the 3-week long summer program, students will have helped to write, direct, edit and produce a film that can be submitted to the Naples International Film Festival. All interested students should complete the online application.

3-week long summer program:

June 8-12, 15-19 and 22-26, 2020

Your Instructors

Margaret Cardillo

Margaret Cardillo holds degrees from Boston College and University of Miami. Her first children’s book, Just Being Audrey, a biography of Audrey Hepburn, won the Florida Book Award Gold Medal. Cardillo’s writing for the screen won a College Emmy and received several Best of Fest awards. A former children’s book editor, Cardillo now teaches screenwriting at the University of Miami, and lives nearby with her family.

Aaron Agrasanchez

Aaron Agrasanchez is the company president of AAA Film Productions, Inc., and adjunct professor at the University of Miami, Department of Cinema and Interactive Media. Agrasanchez received Bachelor of Science, Motion Pictures and Master in Fine Arts, Cinema and Interactive Media from the University of Miami in 2018. Aaron was the first student filmmaker at the University of Miami to make a feature length film before graduating, and that film has just been sold to HBO. Agrasanchez also has experience directing short films, music videos, television and commercials. 

Application Process

  • Up to 18 students may be selected for the program.
  • No previous film experience necessary.
  • Tuition for this program is $500, and limited scholarships are available.
  • Deadline for applications is April 1, 2020.
  • Applications shall be considered after this deadline, pending space.


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