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Arts Accelerator

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

Filmmaking Master Class


Write, direct and produce an original short film in two days with an experienced mentor guiding you every step of the way.  

Learn how to bring your visions to life!

Creatives in Film Meet Up


 It takes a village to make a film! 

Join us for the next networking event and connect with other South Florida Filmmakers!


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 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! " 

Here's what filmmakers are saying about the Arts Accelerator workshops and Masterclasses.

Next Event

Feb. 23, Sat.

How to Fund Your Next Film

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

1310 Gallery, 1310 SW 2nd Court Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

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Feb. 23, Sat.

How to Fund Your Next Film

Led by Joanne Butcher, from Filmmaker Success


Your pitch is everything. Are you ready for your next opportunity? Learn how to stand out from the crowd and create a pitch with a powerful logline and treatment to get your next film funded. 

What will be covered:

  • What you MUST include in your treatment and pitch to get your project taken seriously by industry professionals and funded
  • How to overcome blocks to achieve financial success
  • How to create a sustainable career in film!

Filmmakers will leave with a solid grasp on what they have to prepare in order to secure investors for their films.

If you have a treatment bring it so you can work on it during the workshop!

EARLY BIRD Registration open till Feb. 14, 2019: https://www.eventbrite.com/preview?eid=55658023647

Joanne Butcher is an international speaker and Filmmaker Success Mentor, with 20 years of training in film finance, fundraising, script writing, distribution, and exhibition mentoring filmmakers from the U.S., Brazil, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Joanne served as the global marketing curator for YouTube’s UK Movie Channel and has raised millions of dollars from companies such as Microsoft, Yahoo, Cisco, individual foundations including the Kresge Foundation.

She served as Executive Director of the Alliance Cinema on Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, IFP/Miami and as a founder of IFP/National (www.ifp.org). She collaborates with the Brazilian Film Festival and the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival. She created and spearheaded the Florida Statewide Film Competition that provided $200,000 cash and services to a feature film.  Her clients currently have 15 feature films - both narrative and documentary - in a range of stages of development from pre-production to delivery, as well as several shorts and 2 new series for PBS.

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

1310 Gallery, 1310 SW 2nd Court Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

Mar. 23 & 24

Screenwriting Masterclass

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

1310 Gallery, 1310 SW 2nd Court Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

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Mar. 23 & 24

Screenwriting Masterclass


  • Want to learn to consistently write Award Winning Films?
  • Have a script sitting on the shelf that you want to finish, but not sure exactly how?
  • Ever read a script, and knew something was missing, but didn't know exactly how to fix it?
  • Have an idea in your head that you know would make a great film?

The Screenwriting Masterclass is for you!

Weather you are a filmmaker, actor, writer or creative person with an idea for a script you want to get off the ground the Screenwriting Masterclass will give you a battle tested framework professionals use to quickly and consistently produce high quality stories and scripts for any format.

Learn lightning fast techniques to:

  • Craft Compelling story structures.
  • Develop three dimensional characters with rich arcs.
  • Interpret and apply feedback to improve your script.


One script from this class will be selected for production as a short film to be cast and shot on August 3rd and 4th.

Writing is not a spectator sport.

Over the course of the weekend, you'll LEARN and APPLY a simple and effective framework to create an original production ready short format screenplay.

All scripts will get multiple live readings, feedback rounds, and rewrites with an experienced mentor guiding you each step of the way.

You'll walk away with:

  • A work-shopped production ready "Calling Card" short film script.
  • A chance to have your script produced as a short film.
  • A simple, comprehensive framework for developing and "doctoring" stories you can use for the rest of your career to bring your ideas to life.

Pros and Novices Welcome

Whether you have a writing degree, write professionally, or are just curious, if you want to learn how to turn your ideas into compelling, fully developed stories, this class is for you.

Space is limited. 

We look forward to writing with you!

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/screenwriting-masterclass-tickets-56193464164


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Meet Your Mentor
Franco Barbeite, directed award winning music videos and commercials for clients like MySpace and GBX Shoes. Before that he was an editor on Ed Harris's Academy Award winning film "Pollack", designed and animated one of Universal Television's first hit reality shows "Blind Date", and worked as writer/producer at FX Channel, cowriting with 5 time Emmy Award winning writer Sandy Frank. When Franco isn't judging film festivals, he's usually mentoring emerging filmmakers.

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

1310 Gallery, 1310 SW 2nd Court Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

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Arts Accelerator

1310 SW 2nd Ct, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312, United States

(786) 285-9243