The strength of the Feature Florida Partnerships effort resides in its ability to attract highly skilled professionals who are committed to and deeply passionate about rebuilding a solid infrastructure for Florida filmmaking. Our team is comprised of Florida men and women proficient in finance, law, production, media, and community relations.

The FFP Team:

Committed to our core mission – “Keep it Here!” – the FFP team focuses on creating mentoring programs for and providing financial assistance to aspiring Florida  filmmakers, and conducting community outreach panels and workshops to heighten awareness of the economic advantages of motion picture production in our state.

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Matt Akins


Brad Barrios

Board of Directors, Legal

Josh Ellis

Board of Directors

Manuel Fernandez

Social Media Coordinator

Melanie Foley

Advisor, Grant Writing

Jack Hebert

Board of Directors

Diana Hechavarria

Advisor, Grant Writing


Scott Coventry

Media Advisor


Shobha Lisazo

Legal, Non-Profit


Chris Ranung

Executive Director, President

The Creative Team:

The FFP Creative Team is comprised of Florida industry professionals who understand how the production process really works – pre-pro through production through post. All have a high degree of proficiency in script reading, on-set supervision, budgeting, and distribution. Assembled together, these people are the real strength of Feature Florida Partnerships.

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Fabio Arber

Project Evalution

Rebecca Saionz


Elayne Schmidt

Project Evalution

Leah Sokolowsky

Project Evaluation

Melissa West


Chris Wiggins


“Keep it Here!”

Keep Florida’s creative energy here. Keep Florida’s actors and crew here. Keep Florida’s support businesses here.

Florida filmmaking – Historically Important / Economically Significant / Creatively . . . a Cut Above!