State Budget Cuts to Film Office May Result in Lost Projects, Jobs

Originally posted on Orlando Business Journal website, by Matthew Richardson Michelle Hillery thought it was a mistake when she saw that the new state budget not only doesn’t include funds to renew the film and entertainment incentive program, but it also cut Florida Office of Film & Entertainment’s staff budget by 40 percent. “We certainly were [...]

2015-07-03T08:25:58-04:00June 26th, 2015|

Florida Legislature Failed Its Own Entertainment Production Industry

As the 2015 Legislative Special Session comes to a close, Film Florida confirms that the Florida Legislature eliminated the Entertainment Industry Financial Program from the budget again this year. In addition, the budget includes reducing the Florida Office of Film & Entertainment’s staff budget by close to 40%, significantly diminishing the ability of the office [...]

2021-09-20T07:55:21-04:00June 22nd, 2015|

Local Film Industry Bemoans Lack of State Incentives for Production

Originally posted on the Tampa Tribune website For the third straight year, the Florida Legislature has decided not to replenish the state’s empty tax incentive pot earmarked for film and television productions. Those connected to the local movie and television industry say that means states that offer financial breaks will continue to lure major productions away [...]

2021-09-20T07:55:21-04:00June 18th, 2015|

Film Incentive Tax Bill Again Dies on Cutting Room Floor in Tallahassee

Originally posted on the Florida Politics website A sizable percentage of the 100,000 or so entertainment industry professionals in Florida feel let down this week. The Legislature once again refused to include money in the state’s $80 billion budget for tax incentives to lure Hollywood to film in the Sunshine State. “I’d be lying if I [...]

2015-07-03T08:29:42-04:00June 18th, 2015|

Film, Game Backers Regroup After Florida Legislators Drop Incentives

Originally posted on the Orlando Sentinel website orida filmmakers hope an effort to create an incentive program that offers tax breaks to production companies has not seen its final act. In a late-night session last weekend, state lawmakers resolved a budget impasse but did not include the entertainment tax-incentive program, which supporters say would attract more [...]

2021-09-20T07:55:21-04:00June 17th, 2015|

Legislative Update: Special Session

The Senate and the House have met through the month of June in a series of Budgeting Conferences. The Transportation, Tourism and Economic Development/Transportation & Economic Development conference negotiated a proposed budget between the House and the Senate and on Tuesday, June 9th at 6pm the conference shared the 3rd and final version for that [...]

2015-06-10T19:40:19-04:00June 10th, 2015|

Registration for 2015 Toronto International Film Festival

Registration is now open for the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which will take place from September 10-20, 2015. TIFF continues to grow both as a major festival for Hollywood awards films, independent film and international productions, as well as establishing a strong film market tie in with many international buyers and sellers. Film [...]

2021-09-20T07:55:21-04:00June 4th, 2015|

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