Kite Film Festival Recap

The Emerald Coast Film Commission was proud to be present during the 2nd Annual Kite Film Festival. Held on November 11th, at Club L.A. in Destin, FL, the festival highlights local talent including actors, producers, editors and directors. The Film Festival presents a unique opportunity to showcase short films to a big audience. This year, 24 short films were selected to screen at the event ranging in various genres including horror, comedy and drama. Films were picked from among local and global submissions.

The 2nd Annual Kite Film Festival showcased local talent in Destin, Florida.

At the end of the night, 13 awards were given out. On the judge’s panel, for the second year in a row, was our very own Gail Morgan. Below is a list of the night’s winners:
Audience Choice: Sur’vi
Best Young Performer: Toby Nichols for Arrow of Light
Best Actor: Nick Leali for One More Time
Best Actress: Dawn Hamil for Until Death
Best Cinematographer: Diana Yifei Dai for If
Best Costume Design: LaVonne French for Sur’vi
Best Director: F. C. Rabbath for One More Time
Best Editor: Kevin Almodovar for Until Death
Best Score: IF
Best Screenplay: Brian White for Helium
Best Short: One More Time
Kite Vision Award: Full Circle
Kite Spirit Award: Kevin Almodovar

We look forward to next year’s Kite Film Festival. In the meantime, be on the lookout for our recap on December’s Film FLorida quarterly meeting taking place in Orlando, Florida.

Meet and Greet

The Emerald Coast Film Commission in conjunction with the Tourism Development Department will be hosting a meet and greet for the Emerald Coast Production community. The event will be on Thursday, November 16th at 10 AM at the Palm Room in the Emerald Coast Convention Center. This is an amazing opportunity to meet our new TDD Director Jennifer Adams, TDD Deputy Director of Sales and Marketing Maureen Morgenthien and the President and CEO of the new TDD agency Aqua Marketing and Communications, Dave Di Mago.

An exciting Meet and Greet for the Production Industry of the Emerald Coast!

This event is open to anyone involved in all aspects of film production including producers, production companies, crew, photographers and talent agencies among many others. However this meet and greet is for talent agencies only, not individual talent. This will be an exciting and informative event connecting those in the industry with our new agency. So please spread the word and we look forward to seeing you there!

Film Florida Quarterly Meeting

The third quarterly meeting of the year took place at the Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, FL. On Sunday August 27th, the Film Commission, Legislative Committee and Strategic Futures Committee came together for a very productive day of meetings. The next day was the Film Florida Board of Directors meeting. Film Florida meetings are open to the public as well as member, bringing together a mix of new and returning faces. Meetings are a great way to catch up with the entire organization and get updates from all Committees and Councils. Also taking place during the same weekend was the Governor’s Conference. Film Florida presented the annual Film Florida Legends Tourism Ambassador Award to Emilio Estefan Jr. and Gloria Estefan during the opening night Chairman’s Dinner.

The third Film Florida Quarterly Meeting was hosted in Hollywood, Florida!

The next and last quarterly meeting of the year is scheduled for December 11-12 in Orlando, Florida. All Florida Film members and the public are invited to attend. See you there!

Governor’s Conference 2017

This years Governor’s Conference took place in Broward County, Florida this past August. Film Florida once again presented the Film Florida Legends Tourism Ambassador Award during the Governor’s Conference of Tourism. The award was presented to world renowned artists Emilio Estefan Jr. and Gloria Estefan. It was an honor to present the award to such distinguished individuals in the entertainment industry.

Emerald Coast Film Commission at the 2017 Governor’s Conference

Along with presenting the Tourism Award, Film Florida also had a booth during the entirety of the conference. Members of Film Florida including our very own Gail Morgan, were able to talk with hundreds of attendees about filming in Florida and the industry itself. It was great to be able to chat about the undeniable connections between the tourism and film industries and how both can continue to work together. We look forward to next year’s Governor’s Conference.

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.

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