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.

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

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