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.

12/7/16-12/9/16- Film Florida’s Quarterly Meeting in Orlando

This month’s Film Florida Quarterly meeting took place in Orlando, Florida. The film commissioner of the Emerald Coast Film Commission, Gail Morgan, traveled the short trip from the Emerald Coast to the event and brought back an array of educational insights beneficial to all in the industry.

A highlight of events from the quarterly meeting in Orlando.

The meeting took place from Wednesday, December 7 through Friday, December 9, 2016 at the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. Most of the meetings were also held at this Universal Orlando Resort.

On Wednesday, all guests were invited to partake in the Women in Film & Television- Florida (WIFT-FL) Jingle Mingle. The 15th Annual Jingle Mingle took place at the Universal City Walk’s Red Coconut Club and was an excellent opportunity to mingle with other entertainment industry professionals. WIFT-FL is an organization passionate about “building positive images of media-makers (both women and men), empowering them to achieve their highest professional/creative potential, and helping create more job opportunities throughout the State of Florida” (

Thursday’s meetings led out with the Film Commissioner’s Council chaired by Gail Morgan. The day held the Strategic Futures Committee meeting and then later that afternoon the Legislative Committee met to discuss critical topics for the Florida film industry. As always, the meetings and opportunities brought to light through the Film Florida Quarterly Meeting continue to help grow the film industry in Florida.

Next up, the National Association of Television Producer Executives (NATPE) 2017 Conference. Stay connected to our blog for updates on all of the exciting things happening in film and television in the state of Florida!

The Inaugural Kite Film Fest in Destin, Florida

The Emerald Coast Film Commission is excited to share that the first ever Kite Film Fest will take place right here in beautiful Destin, Florida on November 12, 2016. This is a free event and will take place at Club L.A. from 6pm to 10pm.

A Film Festival Supporting the Filmmakers of the Gulf Coast

The inaugural Kite Film Fest will take place this Saturday and is an event celebrating and highlighting locally produced short films. Nikki Hedrick, co-founder of the event, shares that they, “had international submissions and filmmakers coming from hours away to join us for the festival.  Coming to the festival is both an opportunity to support the little guys, local guys, and network with some new faces..” Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to support the local film community and help make this event a hit for future years to come!

For more information, check out the event page on Facebook: The Kite Film Fest Event Page.

Interested in filming opportunities along the Gulf Coast? Contact the Emerald Coast Film Commission for resources and more information.

  • What:             The Kite Film Fest- a Short Film Festival
  • When:            November 12th, 2016 from 6pm to 10pm
  • Where:           Club L.A.- 34876 Emerald Coast Parkway, Destin, Florida 32541
  • Cost:              Free!
  • Hosted by:    Nikki and Heather Hedrick

Emerald Coast Film Commission attends the Florida Governor’s Conference

Professionals along the Emerald Coast have a passion for tourism and innovation, which is why the Emerald Coast Film Commission made it a point to attend the Florida Governor’s Conference on Tourism 2016 in Orlando, Florida. The conference was held from September 7-9 at the Hilton Orlando. It was an insightful three day event put on by Visit Florida, the official Tourism Marketing Corporation of Florida. The conference is an outstanding educational conference bringing forward ideas and tips to implement into Florida businesses focused on tourism.

With a special emphasis on the film, TV and digital media industry in Florida, the Film Florida organization participated in the conference for the third year in a row. Film Florida also had the honor of presenting the Film Florida Legends Tourism Ambassador Award to actress Sharon Gless at the Chairman’s dinner. The film industry is proud to be represented at this impactful conference as we continue to bring awareness and tourism opportunities to the state of Florida and the Emerald Coast in particular.

Music video for “Destin” shot here along the Emerald Coast

The song “Destin” was written and performed by Kevin Sport here in beautiful Destin. Enjoy this music video by the talented Kevin Sport while taking in some of Destin’s favorite landmarks and beaches as the backdrop.

Emerald Coast Film Commission back from Miami, Florida

The Emerald Coast Film Commission just returned from the Film Florida quarterly meeting in Miami. The event was from August 17-19, 2016 and was full of impactful meetings, networking opportunities and riveting discussions on opportunities and challenges within the industry. An abundance of industry leaders as well as close to 20 companies and individuals not currently members of Film Florida were invited to participate and learn how Film Florida was gearing up to address these challenges from the council’s and committee’s perspective.

The weekend began with the Strategic Futures Committee followed by a day full of insightful meetings on Thursday. These meetings included the Film Commission Council, the Education Council, the Industry Council and finally the Legislative Committee. Thursday concluded with a tour and reception at the Viacom International Studios at EUE. Friday morning brought the Film Florida Board of Director’s Meeting and the close of a successful week for the Florida film industry. For more information on what is happening with Emerald Coast film production, check out our blog!

2016 Produced By Conference

This year’s eighth annual Produced By Conference took place June 4th and 5th and was hosted by Sony Pictures Studio in Culver City. The Emerald Coast Film Commissioner, Gail Morgan, attended the event which aims to bring together over 1,000 producers from around the world to educate people on the pivotal role producers play. Some of the names gracing the stage with their expertise this year were Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Russel Simmons and Octavia Spencer to name a few. This event is one of the largest educational and networking events in the producing community bringing more expertise and insight to the great work taking place each year. The Emerald Coast Film Commission had the pleasure of sponsoring the Film Florida Native Producers Club event held before the opening of the conference.

The Produced By Conference is put on by the Producers Guild of America (PGA). People attending the Produced By Conference have the incredible opportunity to network with Emmy-winning showrunners, Oscar-winning filmmakers as well as sit in on panel discussions with key players in the production industry.

To learn more about everything happening in the film industry along the Emerald Coast, follow our blog and check out our resources.

Emerald Coast Film Commission attends the Film Florida Annual Meeting

The Emerald Coast Film Commissioner, Gail Morgan, attended the Film Florida Annual Meeting in Sarasota, Florida from June 22-24, 2016 which was held at the Ringling College of Art and Design. The week was full of exciting events and information highlighting the future goals and progress of the Florida filming community. Some of the important meetings included the Strategic Futures Committee meeting as well as the Legislative Committee Meeting and the Film Florida Board of Directors Meeting. These were all informative meetings which outlined the many exciting initiatives for Florida’s film industry for the year to come. We are also very glad to announce that Gail Morgan has been re-elected as the Chair of the Film Commissioners Council.

Each year brings new challenges and opportunities for the Emerald Coast Film Commission and this year is no different. Follow our blog and stay up to date with everything happening along the beautiful Emerald Coast.

Emerald Coast Film Commission at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival

The Emerald Coast Film Commission attended the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.

This was an amazing event for the film industry, as always, and also a great week for the Florida film industry. Film Florida hosted their annual event at the SOHO House New York. The event, Apples & Oranges, honored Florida films and filmmakers including Untouchable and Live Cargo, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The festival also hosted many distinguished members of the film community. The Emerald Coast Film Commissioner, Gail Morgan, had the opportunity to meet with A-listers throughout the week including JJ Abrams, Chis Rock, Tom Hanks, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin to name a few.

Stay tuned for updates from the Film Florida Annual Meeting that took place in Lido Key in Sarasota, Fl

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