The Miami Film Festival’s fall showcase event, GEMS, lands October 11 – 14. This year’s showcase, as usual, features a strong lineup of Oscar contenders and winners of major festival awards, as well as a virtual reality and gaming exhibition, panel discussions, masterclasses, and parties! Here’s what our interns and director are looking forward to. Continue reading GEMS Arrives Oct 11 – 14
Building on the success of last week’s events, the Panther Film Festival will be coordinating more workshops and mixers, including a second, “roll-up-your-sleeves” workshop next Wednesday (September 26) from 3:00 to 5:00 PM, in The Center for Excellence in Writing (GL 125).
Screenwriters or FIU filmmakers are encouraged to bring any screenplay or story idea they have and get constructive feedback on their work. Writing Center Coordinator Charles Donate and local filmmaker Manuel Delgadillo will be expanding on the insightful foundational elements of screenwriting they presented in their first workshop last Tuesday. Whether it’s a developed screenplay or simply an idea for a future short film, Charles, Manny, and other screenwriters will be there to help. Future screenwriting workshops, will focus on specific skills such as developing dynamic characters and writing interesting dialogue.
We are thrilled to announce the return of the steadily growing Panther Film Festival! Building on last year’s structure, this school year will feature a series of workshops and competitions to bring student filmmakers of all levels on board, culminating in the April festival screening.
Kick start the year with us next Thursday, September 13th at the first Panther Film Festival Meet & Greet of the semester!
It’s looking like an exciting fall for film in our FIU classrooms, around campus, and in Miami’s burgeoning film scene.
Last spring, our first ever Panther Film Festival brought our student body together, creating thirteen short films, twelve of which were up for awards selected by faculty, staff, and an audience vote. Over 100 students, alumni, judges, and faculty members were in attendance, and we are making this year’s Panther Film Festival bigger and better. Stay tuned for information on our free film workshops as well as the event itself!
We know our students are looking forward to the fantastic courses you’re enrolled in, from Professor Michael Gillespie’s new Film Noir course to Phillip Church’s ever popular Intro to Acting/Directing for TV/Film, and many others.
We’ll keep you posted about film happenings on campus and around town. Cult cinema, restored classics, and new international movies are playing at local art houses, such as the Coral Gables Art Cinema and Miami Beach Cinemateque. Knowing that many of you are still coming down off this month’s Popcorn Frights film festival, we’re also looking forward to events sponsored by the Miami Jewish Film Festival and the Miami Film Festival’s GEMS four day mini-festival at the Tower Theater.
The new president of the Film Initiative: Underground, Jose Ramirez, has a line-up of film screenings as well as expectations from the club this year in an article you can read here.
Finally, we just want to give a shout out to our alumni and community partners. As always, feel free to email our director, Dr. Andy Strycharski, at email@example.com to say Hi or let us know what’s going on with you. We love to hear from you all!
Welcome back, Panthers! We, the Film Initiative: Underground, are excited to begin this new year and continue to grow on the success that last year’s student filmmaking community saw.
For those who’re interested in learning more about us and what we do, the Film Initiative is FIU’s premier film club and the hub for FIU’s student filmmakers. The Film Initiative coordinates film centered-activities for both movie lovers and filmmakers alike.
This year we’re back with a fresh new line-up of films. As always, our screenings are free and open to all FIU students, with free snacks and post-film discussions. They will be held Thursdays on the MMC campus (Room and Time TBA), but we are always looking to make our screenings more dynamic and exciting! This year we will introduce a new aspect to our weekly meetings that may have you go home with a new Blu-Ray copy of the movie presented that night. So tighten up those Joker impressions and get those Halloween costumes ready! This semester, you can expect the following films at our screenings:
Pop the champagne its time for a recap of the Panther Film Festival. The crowd swarmed GC140 waiting patiently for the doors to open. Many were excited to see the work produced by their fellow peers and they were not disappointed. For those of you who missed out, here’s a few of the shorts that won awards!
The time has come, Panthers! Next Tuesday, April 17th, we will be hosting the inaugural Panther Film Festival! This first of its kind festival is a combined effort by the Film Studies Program, The Film Initiative, and Sigma Tau Delta — one which has been in the works since last October when we held our first meet and greet event. Since then, we’ve held several workshops which have drawn in several FIU filmmakers and helped create connections among the filmmaking community.