Please note that this program has received 22 scripts from 19 submitters and is closed to new submissions as of January 5, 2021. The selection of screenplays that will be invited to participate in Phase Two will be completed by early February. We will launch an updated, revamped “Create it Here!” program for new submissions later in the spring.
Launched in mid-September 2020, “Create it Here!” enables Florida content creators to access professional “eyes” to look at their work. It assists aspiring Florida filmmakers throughout the entire project development cycle, and is the first FFP program to be offered as part of the “Keep it Here!” campaign.
Here’s how it works.
We solicit finished screenplays from creators who have a Florida connection – whether you call Florida home, you grew up here, you live here now, you graduated from a Florida film school and live somewhere else but want to move back, whatever.
Our preference is for Florida stories that use recognizable Florida locations and explore present-day issues; however, whatever your project is, we’re interested in reading it as long as it’s in screenplay form.
There are three phases to the “Create it Here!” program.
- Phase One – Script reading. FFP solicits script submissions for reading and evaluation by a professional. Find out if your script idea has legs and a strong story line, where it’s weak and where it’s strong, and whether it’s do-able in a modest budget range. The charge to submit a script is $75.00. Take the first step and contact Chris Ranung at firstname.lastname@example.org to make it happen.
- Phase Two – Script development and notes. Here’s where it gets serious. If FFP has serious interest in your script, we’ll offer a contractual agreement with a professional coach who will work directly with you to develop your story – dialogue, narrative, cadence, where it needs cutting/where it needs fleshing out, how to make the script tight, powerful, and most importantly sellable. You invest up to $500 for; FFP picks up the balance – a $1000 to $1500 investment in you!
- Phase Three – Script breakdown and budgeting. We work with you to take it the rest of the way. The FFP team breaks it all down and makes your project financeable and marketable. Whether a financing agreement is made with one of the FFP regional funds or you go another route, at completion you will own a project that you can sell. Again, you put in up to $500 and we subsidize whatever it costs to finish the rest of this process – an FFP commitment that will likely be in the $2500-$4000 range.
The FFP commitment is to bring Florida stories alive, either as feature films or in limited episodic format, and to cast, crew, and film them here in the Sunshine State. To fulfill this commitment, FFP is will provide up to $5000 to bring qualified projects through the entire “Create it Here!” process.