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State Film Commissions Guide: Florida

State Film Commissions Guide: Florida

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”
“Casa Cerrado”
“Sunlight Jr.”
“Pain and Gain”
“Spring Breakers”
“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.

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.

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.

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

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