Monthly Archives: May 2015

Ken Hagan: Keep Hillsborough and Florida in film game

Originally posted on the Tampa Tribune website

Our community as well as the state of Florida has steadfastly earned its ranking in the global marketplace, and we continue to grow increasingly competitive. Those of us focused on economic development have been strategic in targeting diverse, high-quality jobs, long ago learning that our “beautiful weather and favorable tax […]

May 31st, 2015|News|

Why the Florida Legislature needs to OK film incentives

Originally posted on Orlando Business Journal website, by Cindy Barth, Editor- Orlando Business Journal

Let me begin this week’s editor’s notebook with a confession: I am a film geek who not only used to cover the industry for Orlando Business Journal back in my reporter days, but I also am a huge fan of the medium. Which brings us to why […]

May 15th, 2015|News|

Film Florida Wins International Award for New Sizzle Reel

Film Florida is pleased to announce the organization has been honored with the International Communicator Award of Distinction for its rebrand sizzle reel. Both the sizzle reel and a newly designed website were used to launch the fresh and innovative Film Florida rebrand in 2014. Film Florida launched its new brand in a move to […]

May 14th, 2015|News|

The State is Red-Carpet Ready… Pending Legislation for Tax Credits

Originally posted on Forward Florida website

What’s my motivation? It’s not just a question from actors to directors. It’s also what filmmakers have asked lately about Florida when considering it for a major role in their productions. Not so long ago, film, TV and video projects flocked to the state. Beginning in the early days of silent movies, Florida […]

May 13th, 2015|News|

Film Florida Annual Meeting, June 2015

Please plan on joining us during the Film Florida’s Annual Meeting, including elections, Sunday, June 28 – Tuesday, June 30, 2015 in St. Augustine, the oldest continuously occupied European-established settlement in the continental United States. Please see below for a tentative schedule of meetings and fun-filled events:

Sunday, June 28th
6:00pm – 8:00pm : Film Florida Welcome Reception […]

May 13th, 2015|News|

Film Industry Wants Another Shot At Incentives

Originally posted on CBS Miami website

The film and television industry in Florida wants lawmakers to take another look at a revamped production-incentives package that stalled when the House cut short the regular legislative session.

But even getting a line item for tax credits to continue a currently unfunded program may be a tough sell as lawmakers struggle […]

May 12th, 2015|News|

Film, entertainment incentive advocates set sights on Legislature’s special session

Originally posted on Orlando Business Journal website

Entertainment industry incentive supporters aren’t backing down, especially with another Florida special session in the near future.

“Last week, Film Florida sent letters to Gov.Rick Scott, Senate President Andy Gardiner and Speaker of the House Steve Crisafulli formally requesting that the entertainment industry be on the agenda for the special […]

May 12th, 2015|News|

Film Florida writes Governor Scott requesting to be part of special session

Originally posted on the Orlando Political Observer website

Film Florida, an entertainment production association that provides a leadership role in Florida’s film, TV & digital media industry, has written Florida Governor Rick Scott, Senate President Andy Gardiner, and Speaker of the House Steve Crisafulli, requesting to be added to the upcoming Special Session agenda. The film industry […]

May 11th, 2015|News|

Film Florida Wants Incentives Bill Included in Special Session

Originally posted on the Florida Politics website

After being passed over for funding during the past couple of legislative sessions, members of the film, television and digital media community in Florida crossed their fingers long before the 2015 session started. They hoped this would be the year the state’s film tax incentive program would be replenished. It used up […]

May 11th, 2015|News|

Call To Action: Petition to Save the Entertainment Industry in Special Session

The State Legislature is reconvening for a special session beginning June 1, 2015. We believe Florida’s tax credit program for the film, TV and digital media industry should included in the special session. Film Florida has sent letters to the Governor, Senate President and Speaker of the House formally requesting our program be included.

Now it’s […]

May 11th, 2015|News|

Incentives may be key for more film projects like ‘The Infiltrator’ in the Bay area

Originally posted on the Bay News 9 website

“The Infiltrator” is wrapping up its Bay area filming. The $47-million film starring Bryan Cranston of “Breaking Bad” fame tells the story of a 1980s undercover DEA agent in the Tampa underworld.

While the movie is the latest in a string of big-budget productions to film in the Bay area […]

May 5th, 2015|News|