At the top of June, our Metro Orlando Film Commissioner, Sheena Fowler, confirmed some terrible legislative facts:
…no additional funding was added for the Florida Film & Entertainment Industry Financial Incentive program. While this is not what we had hoped for, here is our current reality:
- We have no incentive money to bring any NEW projects to the area with the exception of Commercials and Music Videos
- Future seasons of currently “in-production” TV series are pre-certified and will continue to film
- There is the opportunity for projects in line who have been pre-certified to fall out thus opening some funds to the projects currently in line behind them
Our next steps include working together to educate our legislators on the validity of this industry and to form a more effective plan to better our efforts of receiving new funds to the program next year.
In the meantime, I wanted to let you know that there is still money left in the queue for commercial and music video production. As such, you’ll see our office aggressively going after this opportunity. Additionally we will continue to advocate the Orlando market as an ideal location for productions based on our indigenous incentives, experienced crew, large talent pool, variety of locations and stages, experienced infrastructure including post houses and the sales tax exemption program.
This is a good time to be sure to log into your account with FilmOrlando’s online filmbook to make sure your listing is up-to-date. You can do this 24/7 from this link: http://www.filmorlando.com/Get-Listed/
Do not count Florida out just yet, filmmakers and producers.
We share some hopeful news via miamitodaynews.com;
In conjunction with the Film Florida advocacy group, she plans to visit legislators around the state in August and September. “We’ll be asking “What do you need from us?’ as well as showing the economic impact. The sheer numbers will send a huge message.”
Read the full text of Author Catherine Lackner’s story HERE.
If you live and work in the industry here in Florida, how do YOU advocate? Do you talk with legislators, fellow collaborators and colleagues about the state of our film industry? How can we fix it? CAN we fix it? Please comment below to help start a dialog. Please keep FIGHTING to help our industry. If more voices united, imagine the hell we could raise!