July 15, 2021 

We are no longer accepting submissions to the “Create it Here!” program. Evaluations of the most impressive screenplays are ongoing at this time. Finalists will be announced before the end of July.

The program now has a preference for stories that deal with issues of relevance to current-day or historic Florida and that are culled from the deep ethnic and cultural diversity of our state.

We anticipate relaunching the program in mid-Autumn 2021.

To discuss the “Create it Here!” program, email chris@featurefloridapartnerships.org.

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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 within a modest budget range. The charge to submit a script is $75.00. Take the first step and contact Chris Ranung at chris@featurefloridapartnerships.org to make it happen.
  • Phase Two – Script development and notes. Here’s where it goes to the next level. If FFP has serious interest in your script, we’ll connect you 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. Completion of Phase Two means you have refined and redrafted your script multiple times to the point that you own professional “coverage” and can market your screenplay to the industry with confidence. You invest up to $500 for this service; FFP picks up the balance, making a $1000 to $1500 commitment to you!
  • Phase Three – Script breakdown and budgeting. We work with you to take it the rest of the way. Under a contractual agreement, the FFP team works closely with you to break everything down: creating a shooting schedule, DooD, and one-liner; doing a comprehensive budget breakdown; developing a pre-production schedule; brainstorming cast and crew – everything required to make 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 is investor-ready. Again, you put in up to $500 and we subsidize whatever it costs to finish the rest of this process – an FFP investment that will likely be in the $3500-$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 will provide up to $5000 to bring qualified projects through the entire “Create it Here!” process.