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A non-profit dedicated to helping emerging South Florida Film artists accelerate their careers.

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Here's what students are saying about the Arts Accelerator Filmmaking Masterclass.

Next Event

Oct. 5 & 6, 2019

Filmmaking Masterclass: Directing & Cinematography

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM


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Oct. 5 & 6, 2019

Filmmaking Masterclass: Directing & Cinematography

Learn filmmaking at one of the highest rated workshops in South Florida. 

Whether you’re an emerging filmmaker with some experience or a complete novice, the Filmmaking Masterclass will teach you several proven techniques for creating high-quality films that can win awards and accelerate your career.  Experienced mentors will guide you every step of the way.  

You will learn:

  • Cinematography: How to use your DSLR camera, settings, angles and lighting to interpret dramatic scenes for visual storytelling. Take your visuals from good to stunning!
  • Creating Tone and Nuance: How to use shot and camera settings to capture the look and feel you want to create interesting three-dimensional characters.
  • Directing: How to direct your actors in ways that bring out the best performance possible.
  • Producing: How to deliver high-quality films on time and on budget.
  • Story Framework: A clear practical approach to creating award-winning stories.

Walk away with footage for your professional reel, and techniques you will use for the rest of your life.

Walk away with footage for your professional reel, and techniques you will use for the rest of your life.

Course Requirements:

  • A DSLR camera or cell phone capable of taking pictures and video
  • Creative and collaborative flexibility
  • Ability to commit a weekend, including research and planning between sessions
  • Strong desire to turn your filmmaking passion into a full-time career
  • Willingness to receive feedback, advice, and support
  • You will be working on a live set, so plan to stay past 6:00 pm if necessary.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 5th and Sunday, Oct. 6th, 2019

Time: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Location: 1350 E Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Parking is FREE


Early Bird Registration – August 2nd - September 16th - $197

General Admission – September 17th - October 4th - $247

At the Door (space permitting) – Oct. 5th - $297

Space is limited, register today!

Meet your Mentors

Franco Barbeite graduated with Honors from New York University Tisch School of the Arts. After working on several music videos with Joseph Kahn (“Taylor Swift”, “U2”), Franco worked as an editor on Ed Harris's Oscar Award Winning Film “Pollock”, designed and animated on Universal Television's “Blind Date”, worked as a writer/producer on FX with four-time Emmy winner Sandy Frank, and has directed several award-winning music videos and commercials for clients like GBX Shoes and Myspace.

Abdiel Thorne is a Director of Photography with over 30 years of professional experience shooting commercials and feature films including: Salta, In production (2019) (Feature) Director of Photography, Forrest Shaw: Poor Decisions (2018)  (TV Special) Camera Operator, Cinematographer, Danny Ocean: Dembow (2018) (Video) - First Assistant Camera, Tony Tango (2015) (Feature) First Assistant Camera, Quest Advertising Campaign, 2017, 2016, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006

If you have any questions please contact us at or 786-285-9243.

We are excited to create with you!

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Proudly sponsored by the Broward Cultural Division and ArtServe.

What People are Saying:

"The Masterclass is like a boot-camp for filmmakers. You'll work as a team to make a production come to life. I learned how to use the camera to tell my story, and how to direct actors to get the most out of their performances".

- Toni R., Filmmaker

"It is a great environment, culture, and energy. ...with knowledgeable teachers providing one-on-one feedback on the spot".

- Adebiyi O., Actor

"I have taken lots of other screenwriting workshops and I wish I could reclaim my time and get my money back from all the other workshops. What I learned in this workshop was the map and tools to finish any story that I have an idea for. It was more hands-on... I have written over 20 scripts...and they have done well but it was a struggle... I always knew I had the talent and now I know how to do it as a professional and can to finish a script with confidence!" 

- Juliette R.

"The course I took was a very life changing experience it opened my eyes more to what being on set was about... different camera shots. I recommend anyone that is a beginner to a veteran to check out Arts Accelerator!"

- Lovely J.

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Toni R.


 "So empowering as a filmmaker! I now have the confidence and skills to move forward on my creative projects. The mentors are amazing and extremely knowledgeable. Thank you Arts Accelerator!" 

Rebecca W.


 "Excellent class! Informative and interactive. Learned so much about pre-production, important docs, media kits, funding, etc. Best part, the links, samples and resources provided. Looking forward to the next film class."

Lovely J.


"It opened my eyes to what being on set was about... beginner or veteran, check out the Arts Accelerator! It's a life changing experience."

Bowen T.


"It was a really interesting and inspiring experience."



"Great workshops! I learned a lot, hope to keep coming back for more! " 

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Help Our Cause

Your contributions will enable us to support South Florida filmmakers by helping them to produce their original films. 

The Arts Accelerator is a registered 501c3 and all donations are tax deductible.

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past events & workshops


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Creatives in Film Happy Hour

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Creatives in Film Happy Hour

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Screenwriting Masterclass

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Learn How to Get Funding For Your Next Film

Feb. 23, 2019 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM


Creatives in Film Happy Hour

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Creatives in Film Happy Hour

Dec. 4, 2018 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM 

Color Correction and Advanced Video Editing Techniques for Creating Professional Film 

Nov. 3, 2018 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Color Correction and Advanced Video Editing - Creating Professional Film and Business Content

Nov. 3, 2018 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM


Intro to Video Editing - Creating Compelling Story for Film & Business

Oct. 27, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

DSLR Filmmaking & Video Techniques - Getting the most out of your camera!

Oct. 13, 2018 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Pre-Production & Funding Strategies

Oct. 6, 2018 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Filmmaking Master Class - Create a Professional Short Film in 2.5 Days

Aug. 24 - 26, 2018 


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