Successful Film Florida Meeting!

This past May, Destin and Fort Walton Beach hosted a successful Film Florida Annual Meeting. Okaloosa County provided an amazing atmosphere and unmatched hospitality. The Welcome Reception kicked off at the Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village. This was quite the treat for members, as the Emerald Grande offers breathtaking views of the Destin Harbor. The Board of Directors meeting took place on May 24th and it was a great opportunity to collaborate with members from the Florida Keys to Northwest Florida.

For us at the Emerald Coast Film Commission, it was an amazing opportunity to showcase our magnificent area. It’s our hope more people will get the same opportunity to come and experience it for themselves. Be on the lookout for more from the Emerald Coast Film Commissions, including past productions in Destin and Fort Walton Beach.

Produced by Conference

Members of the Film Florida team got the opportunity to attend the Produced by Conference in Los Angeles, California. As the entertainment industry continues to evolve, this was a great opportunity to showcase Florida. In attendance for the Florida Native Producer’s Club event, included HBO President of Production Jay Roewe, Netflix Tax and Finance Manager Dave Devore, Deep City writer and producer Juan Carlos Coto among many others.

Exciting time at the Produced by Conference in LA!

At a highlight panel talk held by Ted Sarandos of Netflix, he detailed the new metrics for success in the age of digital media. As the industry changes, it will impact everything from advertising revenue to budgets of shows to shooting with and without incentives according to Sarandos. Other panels discussed a new strong push for mid-budget features to fill voids at times overlooked by both big studios and digital platforms.

As always our main message is that Florida is open for business and that of course includes the Emerald Coast!

Film Florida Annual Meeting

This years Film Florida Annual Meeting will take place from May 22nd to May 24th on the beautiful Emerald Coast. The meeting will be full of exciting events and information highlighting the future goals and progress of the Florida filming community. Portions of the meeting will be open to the public including the Welcome Reception and Board of Directors Meeting. If you’re not currently a member of Film Florida, we encourage you to join so that you may partake in all the activities. All meetings will take place at the Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village in Destin, FL.

Join us on the Emerald Coast for the Film Florida Annual Meeting!

The Film Florida Meeting can be attended at no cost. However, please be sure to RSVP to the Opening Night reception by e-mailing We hope to see you there. Check back soon for our recap on the Tribeca Film Festival and the Annual Meeting.

Tribeca Film Festival 2017 Next Week!

The 16th annual Tribeca Film Festival begins next week in New York City. From acclaimed Oscar winning directors like Alejandro Iñarritu and Kathryn Bigelow, to film stars like Barbra Streisand and musicians such as Bruce Springsteen, the Festival will bring together a diverse group of people. Opening the Festival on April 19th, will be the world premiere of Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives at Radio City Music Hall. Throughout the week, films from 30 different countries will be screened at venues throughout NYC. We are excited to once again be representing the Emerald Coast Film Commission, shining a light on our great location.

Film Commission takes New York City for the Tribeca Film Festival!

Closing the festival will be a screening of The Godfather I and II, which will be celebrating the 45th anniversary since its theatrical release. Following the viewing, a panel discussion will take place with director Francis Ford Coppola and actors Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire and Robert DeNiro. It will be an exciting week. Check back soon for a recap of the event.

Tallahassee Quarterly Meeting

In March, Film Florida hosted its quarterly meeting in Tallahassee, Florida. Our very own Emerald Coast Film Commissioner, Gail Morgan, was present for the event. This year unlike years past, Film Florida is not pursuing a traditional incentive bill with the state legislature. Instead the top priority for Film Florida is to fight HB 7005. This proposed bill would not only close the Florida Office of Film and Entertainment but also put an end to the Entertainment Industry Sales Tax Exemption program. It is of utmost importance to keep the message that Florida is a go-to location for film, television, and digital media projects alive and well.

Let’s keep the Florida Film industry booming!

The Film Florida team made it a point to meet with legislators and hand deliver hundreds of letters of support to Senator Latvala and Governor Scott. As we continue to fight for our film industry, we need as much support as possible. Whether it’s through social media or letters to legislators, staying engaged is more important than ever. For more information please feel free to contact us.

SXSW 2017 Recap

This year, our Film Commission had the opportunity to spend a week in Austin, Texas for the South by Southwest Film Festival. We had an incredible time and a very successful booth. Our main event featured Jackie Siegel, better known as the Queen of Versailles. Star of the 2012 Sundance Festival award winning movie, Ms.Siegel hosted a Texas Tea. Hundreds of people in attendance flocked to our booth to get autographs and photos taken by the Queen herself.

A successful SXSW!

As the days went by, we were able to connect and meet with industry leaders including President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Cheryl Boone Isaacs and recent Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer. As always we were working hard to shine a light on our great filming locations on the Emerald Coast. Next we will head out to the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. It’s sure to be another exciting event.

Emerald Coast at SXSW 2017!

The Emerald Coast Film Commission has been in Austin, Texas for the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival for the past few days. Starting March 10th and running until March 19th, SXSW will feature conferences, screenings, showcases, exhibitions, networking opportunities and awards. From film and tv industry producers to today’s biggest stars to new and exciting startups, SXSW has become one of the world’s most diverse and innovative festivals. Check back soon for our take on this years SXSW.

Successful NAPTE 2017!

The Emerald Coast Film Commission attended the 2017 NAPTE convention held in Miami, Florida. Along with Film Florida, we hosted a welcoming night dinner attended by over 8,000 participants. Our booth on the exhibitors floor offered us the opportunity to meet and network with television and film executives from all over the world. This was an amazing event highlighting what’s to come for 2017.

What’s Next?

In the coming weeks, the Emerald Coast Film Commission will be busy flying off to Austin, Texas for South by Southwest(SXSW) and then New York for the Tribeca Film Festival. Check back soon for more on these exciting events.

Destin, Florida Highlighted on HGTV’s Series Beachfront Bargain Hunt

This month, Beachfront Bargain Hunt featured Destin, Florida while highlighting a family in search of their beachfront dream home.

The Perks of Living Along the Emerald Coast

The beaches of Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island make up some of the most pristine locations in Northwest Florida. With a little love for all four seasons, the area is perfect for people looking for a warm winter, a beach-worthy fall and spring and a summer full of sunny days and gorgeous temperatures. These are just a few things that make this area a great place to live in and visit. But don’t just take our word for it. Check out the Beachfront Bargain Hunt Episode, which aired on January 1, 2017 and see all that the Emerald Coast has to offer!

NATPE 2017 is This Week!

NATPE (National Association of Television Programming Executives) is an organization committed to serving the global television industry. NATPE will host their annual convention in Miami next week from January 17-19, 2017.

Some of the speakers this year include Gale Anne Hurd, Bob Bakish, Luis Balaguer, Carlos Bardasano, Adriana Cisneros, Randy Falco, Steve Levitan, Eva Longoria and many more!

One of the many highlights of the event will be the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award, which is presented each year during a special reception during the annual NATPE Market & Conference (source:

Who should attend NATPE Miami?

The NATPE Miami event is a place for buyers, exhibitors and general attendees. It is a great event to learn with industry leaders and celebrate everything up-and-coming for 2017.

You can learn more about the NATPE organization and the upcoming conference at the NATPE website.

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