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Film and TV organization hosts annual holiday party (Photos)

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On Dec. 9, 2013, a group of film, stage and television entertainers met at the Golden Corral in Fort Myers, Fla. at 6 p.m. for their annual Christmas party.

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The group is called the United Film & Television Artists, Inc. (UFTA), and they normally meet every month for their general meeting, but this time they met for a party and short meeting (for their elections) instead.

UFTA President Al Quinn led the meeting, and Carrie Belluso hosted the party. UFTA also had its 2014 elections, and it was led by the nominating chair, Steve Barnett.

UFTA members and their guests began congregating before 6 p.m. in a special meeting room at the restaurant for the party. Soon after, the room was full with party guests enjoying the festivities.

Carrie Belluso, UFTA's treasurer, decorated the tables with stuffed teddy bears and brought gifts for everyone that were dispersed later at the end of the meal.

Before the gifts were handed out, however, the elections were held. Barnett, Quinn and Belluso gave announcements, and then the elections took place, followed by gift giving.

In addition, UFTA is producing a film soon, and the film's director of photography (DP), Ernesto Lasso de la Vega, was at the party. He announced the latest concerning the film and said he will be scouting out shooting locations soon, as the film will begin early 2014!

President Al Quinn wanted all to know, too, that UFTA is more than parties and shooting a film.

"The purpose of UFTA is to provide information, support, assistance, and education to artists and other production crafts personnel, associated with the creation and production of film, television, video, broadcast, recording, and theater products in the State of Florida.

The goals of UFTA include educating, improving, supporting and assisting anything related to film, television, video, broadcasting, recording, theatre…"

Enjoy "Christmas Tree Farm" video above under Christmas tree photo. To learn more about UFTA and the film "Casting" go to Facebook,, IMDb or contact


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