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12th Annual Women in Film & Television Florida Jingle Mingle Dec 5th

It’s that wonderful time of year again! The 12th Annual Jingle Mingle has finally arrived – and YOU’RE INVITED!


WHEN: Thursday, December 5th from 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

WHERE: Winter Park Farmer’s Market, 200 W New England Ave. Orlando, FL 32789

WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Mingle with Florida’s top production, digital media & entertainment associates! Silent auction, 50/50 Raffle, fabulous food, flipbook photo fun, music, cash bar, and more!


  • $20: Members of participating organizations in advance
  • $30: Non-members

Participating associations include: FMPTA, AAF-Orlando, FemFessionals, IDGA, DMAF & Film Florida

**Tickets are complimentary with a new or renewed full membership to WIFT-FL. Click here to apply or renew.**


Unwrapped gift donations accepted on behalf of the Monarch Academy School for Autistic Children. See below for suggested donations.


At this year’s Jingle Mingle, all unwrapped gift donations will go to the Monarch Academy School for Autistic Children. Please see the list below for donation suggestions:

  • Leap pads
  • Talking board games
  • Waffle bat and balls
  • Science dvd’s
  • Beach ball
  • Innotab cartridges (regular innotab)
  • Blow-up ball pit
  • Playdough kits
  • Putty
  • Modeling clay
  • Occupational lacing kits
  • Computers
  • Ipads
  • Wireless internet sticks
  • Headphones
  • Wooden puzzles
  • Trampoline
  • 24 challenge math game
  • Water-based paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Beakers
  • Bunsen burners
  • Mason Jars
  • Lab workbooks
  • Litmus paper
  • Magnets
  • Measuring scale
  • Microscopes with projectors
  • Unbreakable mirrors
  • Science books/journals
  • Scissors
  • Slides for microscopes
  • Stylus
  • Children’s encyclopedias
  • Personal children’s dictionaries
  • Magnifying glasses
  • Therapeutic scissors
  • Outdoor swing for older students (porch swing that sits on the ground)
  • Bill Nye Science DVD’s
  • Educational software games ages 12+
  • Large therapy balls
  • Soccer ball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer net
  • Hula hoops
  • Weighted pencil grips
  • Puzzles 48+ pieces

The Monarch Academy thanks you for your support!


Gus Corbella: Keep Florida’s Film Industry Booming

As many of you know, Indie Cinema Showcase is as ‘indie‘ as the films we showcase. We are a zero budget production doing our best to bring YOU the best of Florida’s film, television and local entertainment goings on. When our mighty four person Field Team comes together, we utilize all available resources we can find to provide the very best coverage out of our own pockets. Yes, I said that collectively, OUR pockets. Sometimes it’s at a small sacrifice… other times it’s at a great one.

Personally, I have turned down paying work from major networks (when coverage couldn’t be rescheduled) to make sure we have at least a skeleton crew to cover an event for Indie Cinema Showcase. Call me stupid, but that’s how much I believe in what we’re doing here at the show. Those who know me personally know, I only back causes and brands that I wholeheartedly believe in. ICS is one of those causes.

Like all of you, our Field Team and show producers actively work in this industry as well as produce Indie Cinema Showcase. As of January 2014, we will enter our Fourth Season. While this show is truly a labor of love for all of us, we wouldn’t do it if we didn’t love it. And we’re not the only ones who feel this way about our industry here in Florida. Below we share an example of such passion, penned by Gus Corbella for the Tallahassee Democrat last month;

Keep Florida’s film industry booming

Oct. 28, 2013 6:30 PM
Written by Gus Corbella
Opinion Columnist

Gus Corbella is serving his third term as chairman of the Florida Film and Entertainment Advisory Council, the lead advisory body to Florida government on entertainment issues. He is also the director of government law and policy for Greenberg Traurig in Tallahassee (www.gtlaw.com). 

I can’t help but smile when I read in Variety about the mayor of Los Angeles begging film and television studios not to take work out of his city.

A recent study by Film Works LA finds that movie production in Los Angeles has plummeted 60 percent since its peak 15 years ago. Increased taxes and regulations are driving the entertainment industry out of California in a sort of reverse manifest destiny, and studios are farming out productions throughout the country, including here to Florida.
The Sunshine State has been successfully utilizing tax credits to attract the industry to shoot major motion pictures, television series and other independent productions here. The benefits to Florida are many: high-wage jobs, boosts to the local economies and worldwide publicity for our state. However, entertainment incentives in Florida are at a critical juncture, and our state could suffer unless we act during the upcoming legislative session.

Here’s why: The $296 million in tax credits appropriated for the industry since 2010 by the Legislature have mostly been committed. That is a testament to the success of the program and the industry’s interest in our state.

As legislators struggle to identify where to best invest limited resources in the coming months, I hope they’ll see the incredible value that has come from luring these productions to Florida. Legislation will be considered in the coming months to reseed and modernize the financial incentive program to keep Florida competitive with other locations trying to attract these productions. Providing a reliable and stable funding mechanism that will guarantee Florida as the “go-to location” for entertainment production is an opportunity that Gov. Rick Scott and the Legislature should not pass up this spring.

Any resident of South Beach can attest to the transformative powers of television. “Miami Vice” changed the landscape of South Florida in the 1980s by re-energizing Miami as one of the emerging entertainment capitals of the world and the global center for Hispanic media.

“Burn Notice,” one of four major television shows recently produced in South Florida, wrapped up a seven-season run this year and is now in syndication in more than 200 countries. The movie “The Truman Show” helped convert the sleepy town of Seaside and State Road 30A into a major beach destination. Many of the top video games played by enthusiasts globally are produced in Maitland, which is also becoming a high-tech hub for military, medical and training simulation development.

Don’t forget the little dolphin named Winter, who starred in “Dolphin Tale.” The modern family classic re-energized the city of Clearwater and made the Clearwater Marine Aquarium a tourist destination for children and families throughout the world.

Considering all our years of success, it would be regrettable for Florida to suffer an entertainment exodus simply because we failed to take the necessary steps to cultivate this blossoming industry in our state.

Without a doubt, the entertainment industry can continue to play a substantial role in our state’s economic recovery and diversification. According to the Office of Film and Entertainment, production in Florida has created more than 100,000 jobs for Floridians in the past three years alone, paying more than $658 million in wages to talented professionals who call our state home.

This creative economy also has tremendous ripple effects on our local communities. Feature films and television productions spend on average $225,000 per day on-location, providing an infusion of new money to local businesses, including hotel rooms, rental cars, restaurants, legal and medical services, security, office space and equipment rentals. “Burn Notice” alone generated more than $120 million in total local direct spend during its run, employing more than 200 cast and crew and thousands of extras. The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau estimates the promotional value of the show to be $170 million a year.

Florida is uniquely poised to permanently attract and grow this vibrant industry within our state. Legislators should capitalize on this opportunity and commit in the months ahead to renew our efforts to lure these productions to Florida. From the big screen to the iPad screen, it’s time to hear “lights, camera, action” being barked out once again in Florida – not time to yell “cut!” to our efforts.

This Op Ed appeared in the Tallahassee Democrat and was featured on Tallahassee.com on October 29, 2013

Film Florida’s 2013 Tallahassee Wrap Up

Short and Long Term Growth Strategies for Cultivating & Growing Florida’s Entertainment Production Industry

Film, Television, Production & Entertainment Industry Stakeholders Invited

WHEN: Thursday, November 7, 2013


Continental Breakfast will be served

WHERE: The Florida State Capitol Building

300 Monroe Street, 3rd Floor

House of Representatives Majority Conference Room

Tallahassee, FL 32399

This is the last of in a series of Film Florida Forums that have been held across the State.

This presentations was designed to reinforce the value of the entertainment production industries to Florida’s economy, as a job creator and tourism inducer. Compelling case studies and data about the success of Florida’s incentive program will be discussed.

ALSO, please join Film Florida for our presentation directly after the Wrap Up:

11:30am – 12:30pm

The Florida State Capitol Building

300 Monroe Street

House Office Building 102 – Reed Hall

Tallahassee, FL 32399

Your participation at these events is important to shaping the future of the Florida Film & Entertainment Industry Financial Incentive Program!

Register Now!

RSVP is required as seating is limited.

We look forward to seeing you in Tallahassee!

WFTV Reports on Florida’s Entertainment Tax Incentives (and lack thereof)

ICS Producer, Jen Vargas, was invited to be part of this critical conversation last Saturday with WFTV reporter Tim Barber. Also interviewed for this piece was Sheena Fowler, our current Metro Orlando Film Commission President.

We’re curious, filmmakers. A bunch of questions:

  • How many of you make your living in Florida?
  • How many of you make your living outside of the state?
  • What about Florida makes it so desirable for you to stay, or so undesirable that you’re thinking of moving away permanently?
  • How important is it to you to STAY based in Florida?
  • What are YOU personally doing to raise awareness and start a conversation of this situation with your peers?
  • Do you even care to? (WE CERTAINLY HOPE SO! This effects ALL OF US!)

Please feel free to answer below in the comments section or on our Facebook page! Check out WFTV’s full report below…

Mark Simon interviewed by WFTV’s Tim Barber



Legislative Update from Metro Orlando Commissioner Sheena Fowler

Legislative Educational Workshop and Forum 8/23

That’s TOMORROW. As in 24 hours from now. If you live in Brevard, Hillsborough, Lake, Manatee, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, Seminole or Volusia County, PLEASE register and attend in Orlando OR go to FilmFlorida.org’s website and find the next scheduled workshop in your area!


Legislative Educational Workshop and Forum: The Convergence of Traditional Production and Digital Media.

WHEN: Friday, August 23rd from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

WHERE: Disney’s Grand Floridian Hotel & Convention Center, 4401 Floridian Way, Lake Buena Vista, FL.

AGENDA: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm: Industry Workshop. This regional industry workshop is designed to encourage participation and ideas from all sectors of our media and entertainment industries, to focus on range of short and sustainable long term solutions for growing our industries.

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Legislative Forum. The Forum is designed to inform and educate Legislators about the needs of the film, television, and entertainment industry and recommend approaches. This opportunity will allow Florida Legislators to inquire about the state’s incentive program and the industry. This event is designed to reinforce the value of these industries to Florida’s economy, as a job creator and tourism inducer and provide compelling documented case studies about the success of Florida’s incentive program.


  • Jesse Panuccio, Executive Director, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
  • Marry Ann Hughes, Vice President, Film & Television Production Planning, The Walt Disney Company
  • Craig Hagen, Corporate Director of Government Affairs, Electronic Arts-Tiburon
  • Benjamin Noel, Executive Director, Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy (FIEA)
  • Pamela Tuscany, Vice President/General Manager, Universal Studios Florida Production Group
  • Dama Claire, Features & Television State Tax Credits & Incentives, Ease Entertainment Services
  • Casey Barnes, Vice President, Business Development, The Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission

Film Florida Quarterly Meeting (Aug 2013)

Lots of film related goings on this week. Want to contribute to our film industry in Florida? Start by being part of the conversation…

Film Florida Quarterly Meeting – August 2013

WHEN: Thursday, August 22nd from 9:00 am – 7:00 pm.

WHERE: University of Central Florida’s Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy, 500 W Livingston Street, Orlando, FL.

The agenda includes Council Meetings from 9:00 am – 11:00 am, followed by a Marketing Committee Meeting from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. After lunch, a Board of Directors Meeting will take place from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

Complementary Parking is available in the parking lot directly across from the FIEA and UCF Center for Emerging Media.

Film Florida Workshop Next Week

Film Florida Workshop/Forum (Orlando)
*10am – 1pm – Industry Workshop (*please note the time change)

Designed to encourage ideas from all sectors of industries, to focus on solutions for growing our industries. 3:00pm—5:00pm – Legislative Forum Designed to inform legislators about the needs of the industry.

Friday August 23, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT

Disney’s Grand Floridian Hotel Convention Center
4401 Floridian Way Lake B
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

For additional information, please contact Angel Stroll with Film Florida at:

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