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State Film Commissions Guide: Florida

By Indiewire | Indiewire July 15, 2013 at 12:53PM

State Film Commissions Guide: Florida
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Florida State Film Commission Fort Jefferson
What are some of the greatest financial perks of filming in your state? We offer a Film Industry sales tax exemption, as well as a transferable tax credit for up to 30% of your total expenditures in Florida.


What tax credits are available for productions in your state? Qualified productions can earn a 20% - 30% transferable tax credit on qualified Florida expenditures (eg., wages to Floridians, dollars spent with Florida vendors).

What are some of the locations in your state that filmmakers should know about? Florida locations can "cheat" for many looks. We've got Middle America, Cape Cod, Antebellum Majesty, Cattle & Cow Country, Small Town USA, the Jungles of South America (and any other jungle look), and Oceanfront Splendor. Florida has everything…except bone chilling temperatures, snow capped mountains and boring skies.



Are there studios and soundstages that the state hosts that filmmakers should know about? Florida is home to many state of the art stages and studios. For a listing, check out our online production directory at: http://fl.reel-scout.com/crew_login.aspx.



What can you tell us about talented labor in your state? Do you have robust union representation? The State of Florida not only has amazing and diverse locations, it has a deep infrastructure and a strong, experienced, professional crew base and the 3rd largest talent pool in the United States.

Are there deals that you have with equipment, craft service or other suppliers to make these services more affordable? Many of Florida's 60 local film offices offer local incentives that include discounts and deals with local vendors in their areas. The list of local film offices can be found on our website at: http://filminflorida.com/lr/local_film_commissions.asp.



What are some of the recent productions that produced films in your state? Some of the recent and ongoing productions are:
"Iron Man 3"
"Magic Mike"
"Grachi"
"Casa Cerrado"
"Sunlight Jr."
"Pain and Gain"
"Graceland"
"Spring Breakers"
"Parker"
"Burn Notice"
"The Glades"

To see a complete list, please visit: http://filminflorida.com/ifi/fir.asp.


What cities have their own film commissions in your state? For a complete list of local film commissions, please visit: http://filminflorida.com/lr/local_film_commissions.asp.


Ca' d'Zan Mansion in Sarasota
Florida State Film Commission Ca' d'Zan Mansion in Sarasota

How many productions shot in your state last year? Because we do not issue permits, we do not know for sure the exact number, but a bunch.

What should filmmakers do if they're interested in shooting a film in your state? Who should they contact if they have more questions? If you are interested in filming in Florida, or need additional information, please contact the Office of Film and Entertainment at: 850-717-8990, 1 (877) FLA-FILM, or www.filminflorida.com.
For job listings they can call our 24 hour hotline at 404-962-4055.



Interested in the incentives offered by other state film commissions? Check out Indiewire's full guide to state film commissions HERE.

This article is related to: State Film Commissions Guide, Filmmaker Toolkit





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