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Student Film Institute


Call for
Young Filmmakers

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

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The Artis—Naples Student Film Institute is a program designed to expose students to all aspects of filmmaking and provide hands-on experience. These workshops are taught by University of Miami professors and film professionals, including producer and co-writer of Stand and Deliver, Tom Musca; Emmy Award winner in sound, Jeffrey Stern; and Miami’s up-and-coming young film director and president of AAA Film Productions, Aaron Agrasanchez. The program is open to any high school age student. The sessions are presented in partnership with Community School of Naples (CSN) and take place on the CSN campus, and include:

Five weekend workshops focusing on:

ScreenwritingJanuary 11-12
Directing and Producing February 22-23
Cinematography March 22-23
SoundApril 12-13
EditingMay 17-18

Plus, a two-week
summer hands-on experience:

Students will produce
and edit their own films
June 3-7 and 10-14

By the end of this year-long course, students will have helped to write, direct, edit and produce a film that will be submitted to the Naples International Film Festival. Select students films will be screened at Silverspot Cinema during the festival.

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 January 4, 2019.
  • Applications shall be considered after this deadline, pending space.

The 2019 Student Film Institute
is generously sponsored by:

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Your Instructors

Margaret Cardillo

February 8-9, 2019

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. Cardillo will act as the liaison for the Student Film Institute, attending every class with the students.

Tom Musca

Directing and Producing
February 22-23, 2019

Tom Musca first captured attention as the producer and co-writer of Stand and Deliver. The popular Warner Bros. film starred Edward James Olmos, who earned Best Actor Golden Globe and Oscar nominations, and featured Lou Diamond Phillips and Andy Garcia. He is Co-Producer of Netflix’s Bad Hurt and Associate Producer of Pray for Rain, which was recently released. Musca has written roles for a wide array of acting talent including: John Cusack, James Gandolfini, River Phoenix, Raquel Welch, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Benicio del Toro. Musca has been a guest lecturer at the Sundance Institute, Slamdance, UCLA, NYU, USC, AFI, and has conducted MPAA workshops on four continents. He was named the Moseley Fellow for Creative Writing at Pomona College, and for the last nine years has served as head of the MFA Screenwriting Concentration at the University of Miami. Recently, Musca produced & directed Chateau Vato, a comedy slated to be released in 2019.

Ali Habashi

March 22-23, 2019

Ali Habashi is an award-winning filmmaker and a faculty member for the Department of Cinema and Interactive Media at the University of Miami School of Communication. Filming stories in more than 50 countries, his documentary work has been featured in CBS4, NBC6 and USA Today and aired on international Cable and Public TV channels such as Discovery (US and India), Canal+ (France), CZTV (Czech Republic), LAPTV (Latin America) and CNN Türk and has received major awards in numerous International Film Festivals. Titles include The Silver Mirror, narrated by Blythe Danner and One Water, which has since been filmed for Discovery Network and narrated by Martin Sheen.

Jeffrey Stern

April 12-13, 2019

Jeffrey Stern is a graduate of Philadephia College of Art and University of Miami. Stern is Associate Professor of Professional Practice at the University of Miami and Adjunct Professor of Media Studies at New School University. Stern is an Emmy Award Winner of “Outstanding Sound Editing, Single Camera” for Boardwalk Empire, 2013. He was also an Emmy Award Nominee for Boardwalk Empire from 2012-15, as well as a Merit Award in sound for All for Liberty. He has been working as a sound and dialogue editor on a variety of film, TV and music projects since 1976. Having worked on the sound team for some of the world’s best directors, including Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee, he comes to the team with a wealth of knowledge and expertise.

Felipe Echavarria

May 17-18, 2019

Felipe Echavarria is a Miami-based filmmaker, director, editor and educator. He was born in Medellin, Colombia, where he grew up and developed his passion for film. He completed the University of Antioquia, filmmaking program in 2004. In 2005, he moved to the United States to pursue an education as a film director. In 2012, he completed an M.F.A. in film production with an emphasis in micro-budget filmmaking at the University of Miami. Echavarria has directed and edited fictional dramas, documentaries and commercials. He is currently working as commercial editor at The Community Ad Agency and teaching film at the University of Miami.

Aaron Agrasanchez

Production and Editing
June 3-7 and 10-14, 2019

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. 


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