Just last month, the FilmGate Interactive Media Festival had a ball at the University of Miami, where the fest hosted a series of film screenings, workshops, and virtual-reality and mixed-reality experiences. Now that the latest edition of the festival is in the rear-view mirror, what have the FilmGate Miami folks been up to? Turns out they’re opening a new space.
In partnership with Heiga Recording Studios, FilmGate Miami announces the launch of the Downtown Media Center, Miami’s first collaborative space for digital-content creators, filmmakers, and talent. The center will officially open April 13 with a reception from 8 to 11 p.m. The reception also doubles as an anniversary celebration for both FilmGate and Heiga Recording Studio, which are turning 5 and 14, respectively.
“The Downtown Media Center is off and running; it’s now open, centrally located, and easily accessible. Since FilmGate’s inception in 2012, it was always our goal. Every world-class film production city has a home for filmmakers and talent. Now Miami has one too,” says Diliana Alexander, executive director of FilmGate Miami.
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The Downtown Media Center is located in the historic Huntington Building (168 SE First St., Miami) and has more than 7,000 square feet of creative space. It will house a stage for talks and private viewings, a creative green-screen studio, co-working areas, production offices, a casting stage, and a gallery/workshop space for artists. It also has six main offices, set up for professional media-related businesses only.
"FilmGate Miami is an amazing organization, sharing the same mission of building a stronger audiovisual community in Miami by creating a collaborative space to support and connect digital-content creators. Filmmakers made this a perfect partnership," Heiga Studios CEO Malury Imbernon says.
In addition to operating the Downtown Media Center, FilmGate continues all of the programming and workshops it offers local creatives on a regular basis. This includes the Mighty, a series for emerging screenwriters that has a twist to coax out creative juices; Neighborhood Expression of Care (NEC), which assists storytellers in creating straight-to-web content and episodic shows; Filmmaker Bootcamp, offering the 1-2-3’s of filmmaking; Get It Done, a producer series that takes a project from development through distribution; Cinephilia, a nightly mixer with visuals and filmmaker talks; the Percolator, a pitch session for film, TV and web; Rough Cut/Fine Cut, which offers a platform to show works in progress to a select audience; and VR Portal, a series for virtual-reality, augmented-reality, and interactive-media pop-ups, hackathons, and workshops.
Downtown Media Center
168 SE First St., Miami. Opening reception requires RSVP via filmgate.miami.