arts Accelerator

Empowering Emerging artists in film

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

Film Workshops


Learn how to bring your visions to life with a mentor guiding you every step of the way!

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!


Learn about film events, workshops and grants in the South Florida Film Community.

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

Next Event

Jul. 19, 2019

Creatives in Film Happy Hour Meet Up

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Bloom Skybar, 121 SE 1st St, Miami, FL 33131

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Jul. 19, 2019

Creatives in Film Happy Hour Meet Up

It takes a village to make a film!

Please join us to Connect, Collaborate and Create!

Let's continue to put South Florida on the map for film together!

We are excited to announce our  next "Creatives in Film" Happy Hour Networking Meet Up.

We are celebrating our 1 year anniversary! We launched the Arts Accelerator Inc. 501c3 non-profit organization to help support, create, fund projects and connect the South Florida Film Community! Through this organization in 1 year we have facilitated 6 "Filmmaking Masterclasses" and 3 "Creatives in Film" Networking events to benefit the community in Miami and FTL serving over 300 creatives! Please join us on Friday July 19th to celebrate and connect with other creatives. 

Please consider making a donation to the Arts Accelerator Inc., which will help us support South Florida Filmmakers. Every little bit helps us reach our goal to produce more local projects and a sustainable film industry in South Florida where creatives THRIVE! THANK YOU for your support and generosity! We could not do any of this without YOU! 

COMPLIMENTARY TICKETS AVAILABLE - Please RSVP by clicking on the link and share with your creative friends. 

Open to anyone in film or getting into film:

  • Writers
  • Directors
  • Producers
  • Production Crew
  • Art Department
  • Audio/Sound
  • Editors
  • Actors
  • Makeup Artists
  • Photographers
  • Graphic Designers
  • Illustrators
  • Artists
  • Musicians
  • Fashion Designers
  • and more...

Drink Specials: Happy Hour drinks from 6 pm-8 pm half price!

Parking is metered on the street or parking garage 1 block away at 28 SE 1st St, Miami, FL 33131.

Valet at the Eurostar Hotel is $15. 

For more information about the location visit:

We are excited to see you then

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Bloom Skybar, 121 SE 1st St, Miami, FL 33131

Aug. 3 & 4, 2019

Directing and Cinematography Masterclass

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM


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Aug. 3 & 4, 2019

Directing and Cinematography Masterclass

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

In this 2-day master class, you'll light and shoot 2 dramatic scenes with professional actors on a live set. Experienced mentors will guide you every step of the way. 

Whether you’re an emerging filmmaker with some experience or a complete novice, the Directing and Cinematography Masterclass will give you several proven techniques for creating high-quality films that can win awards and accelerate your career. 

You'll learn:

  • Scene analysis: How to interpret dramatic scenes for visual storytelling.
  • Character analysis: How to develop engaging, three-dimensional characters.
  • Scheduling: How to deliver high-quality films on time and on budget.
  • Scene coverage: How to choose the best possible shots in any scenario.
  • Directing Actors: How to elicit consistent nuanced performances.
  • Advanced Cinematography: How to take your visuals from good to stunning.
  • Camera Tech fundamentals: So you can use cameras and lights as artistic tools to achieve your vision.
  • The 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.

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.

Course Requirements:

  • A cell phone capable of taking pictures and sending and receiving texts.
  • 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, August 3rd and Sunday, August 4th, 2019

Time: 9:00am – 6:00pm

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

Parking is FREE

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.

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Proudly sponsored by the Broward Cultural Division and ArtServe.


Early Bird Registration – July 2nd to July 19th - $197

General Admission – July 14 to August 2nd - $247

At the Door (space permitting) – August 3rd - $297

Space is limited, register today!

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM


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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 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


Creatives in Film Happy Hour

Apr. 12, 2019 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Screenwriting Masterclass

Mar. 30 & 31, 2019 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Learn How to Get Funding For Your Next Film

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


Creatives in Film Happy Hour

Feb. 1, 2019 5:00 PM

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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Arts Accelerator

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