The film·maker initiative is a project for emerging South Florida filmmakers that acquires, broadcasts, and distributes their work. It also provides mentorship. Though South Florida is experiencing a cultural renaissance, the film making community is at a dire crossroads. State incentives and funding cuts are hindering the growth of this community just as our homegrown talent begins to garner national and international recognition. South Florida PBS’s film·maker program is an effort to counteract the talent drain currently taking place. This initiative addressed the needs of struggling filmmakers and presented a chance for film lovers to make a difference through their support.