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The Miami International Film Festival Partners with BTG Productions to Offer Screenwriting Workshop

UPDATE: Introduction to Screenwriting Workshop, starting date changed. Six-Day Workshop to begin September 20 through October 19, 2008
Miami International Film Festival

Miami, September 12, 2008 - The Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) at Miami Dade College (MDC) has re-scheduled its six-day screenwriting workshop to begin on September 20. MIFF along with its partners BTG Productions, FilMiami, and the Miami Science Museum, have teamed to present a three-weekend, intensive screenwriting workshop for aspiring Florida filmmakers.

The Screenwriting workshop will be the first cycle of a series of film industry workshops, which will start with screenwriting basics and expand to offer intermediate and advanced levels. Workshops aim to develop aspiring Florida filmmakers in screenwriting, producing and directing in a nurturing yet collaborative and disciplined environment.

Taught by professionals and produced screenwriters from Hollywood and the independent film and TV industry, the first screenwriting workshop will be a series of three weekends, culminating in the knowledge to write a first draft. 

Topics covered will include screenplay format, developing the story, theme, character, synopsis, treatment, scene list and three-act structure taking participants through the first draft and revisions. Also covered will be the business of screenwriting. Guest industry speakers may also be invited as complement to the lectures.

There will also be a contest for the best Florida based story. Prize will be a fifty percent discount of the workshop, an analysis of the screenplay to develop the second draft, a one-on-one consultation and consideration for development by the producers of the workshop.

Lecturers include produced WGA screenwriters with top credits such as Tom Musca -- screenwriter/producer/director (Stand and Deliver, Tortilla Soup, Gotta Kick It UP!), Michael Miner, (Robocop, Anaconda), Jeremiah Chechik (Burn Notice (TV series), Benny & Joon) as well as others.

September 20, 21 - Weekend #1
Character, story pitching and synopsis

September 27, 28 - Weekend #2
Screenplay treatment and scene list & Writing the first draft

October 18, 19 - Weekend #3
Writing the second draft, script revisions and the business of screenwriting

The workshop is produced by BTG Productions in partnership with the Miami International Film Festival, FilMiami and the Miami Science Museum.  The workshops will take place Saturdays & Sundays at the Museum of Science from 10:00AM – 4:00PM (with an hour for lunch). Limited to 20 participants. All-inclusive fee of $650.00. Registration deadline has been extended to September 19, 2008.

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER, send an e-mail to: or call (305) 227-2750.

BTG Productions, President and Producer Piedad Palacios is producing several features and TV projects and is currently working with Pat Crowley, producer of the Bourne Ultimatum series; Oscar nominee, Pablo Helman, Visual Effects Indiana Jones, the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull; Tom Musca, Tortilla Soup; Carolina Films from Spain and Pampa Films from Argentina. Ms. Palacios was the Special Projects Representative for the MPA in Miami, and was in charge of the Sundance Institute's Latin American Program.

The Miami International Film Festival is the gateway for International and Ibero-American film. Celebrating its 26th installment March 6-March 15, 2009, MIFF plays a leading role in maintaining and further enriching film culture in South Florida. Miami’s unique geographical and cultural position has made MIFF a premiere venue for showcasing film and fostering film business throughout the year. Cash awards are given in four competition categories: World Features, Ibero-American Features, World & Ibero-American Documentaries, and Short Films. Knight Grand Jury prizes of $25,000 are awarded in dramatic competitions. More than 75,000 people attended the Festival in 2008.

Miami Dade College has a long and rich history of involvement in the cultural arts, providing South Florida with a vast array of artistic and literary offerings including The Miami Book Fair International, the Cultura del Lobo performing arts series, The Cuban Cinema Series, and the School of Entertainment and Design Technology in addition to the Miami International Film Festival. MDC is the largest institution of higher education in the country and is nationally recognized for many of its academic and cultural programs. With an enrollment of more than 165,000 students, MDC is the nation’s top producer of associate of arts and associate of science degrees. The college’s eight campuses and outreach centers offer more than 200 distinct degree programs including baccalaureate degrees in education, public safety management and nursing.

Media Contacts:
BTG Productions: Piedad Palacios (305) 227-2750
MIFF: Danette Wolpert (305) 237- 7304,
MDC: Juan Mendieta, MDC Director of Communications (305) 237-7611,



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