Why film in Florida?
Featured Florida Location of the Month
Pinellas County, on Florida’s west coast, is a 280-square-mile peninsula bordered by the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. From tip to tip, the county is 38 miles long and 15 miles wide at its broadest point. Discovered in 1528 by Panfilo de Narvaez, our name comes from the Spanish words punta pinal, meaning “point of pines.”
Pinellas County is a popular destination to visit, live, and work partly thanks to its ideal year-round climate, attractions, and amenities. Three of the Top Ten Beaches in the Nation are located in Pinellas County. The Parks & Conservation Resources department maintains 4,242 acres of pristine Florida landscapes and 15,525 acres of preserves. Over 45,000 businesses call it home, emphasizing health services, tourism, manufacturing, and financial services.
Visit our website page “Florida Location Videos” to watch each county individually.
Florida Entertainment Industry Sales Tax Exemption 101
The Florida Office of Film & Entertainment offers a point-of-sale Sales Tax Exemption to qualified production companies producing content in Florida.
Watch this informational video to learn the program details. Prior to applying, visit our NEW Florida Financials Chart Tool! Please fill out and save this Florida Financials Chart Tool to help you prepare your Florida estimated financial information for the application.
When you’re ready to apply, visit our Sales Tax Exemption page!
New! Submit your property as a filming location.
If you would like your property listed as a filming location, please visit the list your property as a filming location page. You will be able to submit information and photos of your property. If a production company inquiries about a location similar to yours, the local film commission in your area will have the information handy.
On-the-ground support in every corner:
Florida’s local film commissions
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Our office can help provide the resources to make your production a success, including assistance with permitting, locations, crew, service providers, and the 3rd largest talent pool in the United States.
The latest from Florida’s film and entertainment industry:
Feature Commercial: Rémy Martin | Inch By Inch Featuring Serena Williams
PGA’s Palm Beach Gardens Resort and various areas throughout Miami were in the spotlight during a Super Bowl commercial starring Serena Williams.
Feature Film: ‘Path of the Panther’, National Geographic
The film is the cornerstone of the ‘Path of the Panther’ project, supported by the National Geographic Society and many other partners that inspired the passage of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Act – the first legislation of its kind and a blueprint for addressing habitat fragmentation and species extinction across the globe.
PATH OF THE PANTHER will be released in over 40 theaters in Florida – including major cities Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, and Tampa on Feb. 24, 2023. The film will air on National Geographic and stream on Disney+ this spring.
Feature Film: ‘Magic Mike: One Last Dance’
Salma Hayek teams up with Channing Tatum for the final chapter in the ‘Magic Mike’ saga, sliding into theaters on Feb. 10.
Feature Film: ‘Do Revenge’
A dethroned queen bee at a posh private high school strikes a secret deal with an unassuming new student to exact revenge on each other’s enemies.
Feature Series: ‘Rapsh!t’
305 we live! HBO Max’s new original series, RAP SH!T, is giving us something for the summer. From executive producer Issa Rae comes a new show that follows two estranged high school friends from Miami, Shawna and Mia, who reunite to form a rap group. Join Shawna and Mia as they try to make it in the rap scene all while staying true to themselves.
Stream RAP SH!T starting Thursday, July 21 on HBO Max.
Feature Film: ‘Father of the Bride’
A father’s coming to grips with his daughter’s upcoming wedding through the prism of multiple relationships within a big, sprawling Cuban-American clan. Portions were filmed in Miami.
Feature Series: ‘Secrets of the Zoo: Tampa’
Don’t miss the popular Nat Geo WILD series, filmed entirely at Tampa’s award-winning Zoo, and see the behind-the-scenes stories of amazing animals and the dedicated team entrusted with their care. From rescued manatees needing 24-hour critical care to the notable birth of an endangered white rhino, the series features an array of compelling stories that highlight the Zoo’s mission to protect and preserve animals, while helping to inspire the next generation of wildlife champions.
The series is produced by Emmy-winning, Tampa-based Remedy Television + Branded and is available on Disney+ and Amazon. Season 3 is airing now!
Feature Film: ‘Sylvie of the Sunshine State’
South Florida filmmaker Sasha Levinson aims the lens at her eccentric multigenerational Jewish family in an unconventional hybrid documentary offering a startlingly honest glimpse into modern motherhood that will make parents everywhere feel a little less crazy and a lot less alone. For Sasha, the act of filmmaking is a way of life, a creative outlet, and a salve for the wounds of her past. So when the external world was turning to chaos in the early stages of the COVID-19 health crisis, she decided to make a film with her daughter in an attempt to stay sane.
Feature Documentary: ‘Saving the Florida Wildlife Corridor’
Protecting the Florida Wildlife Corridor, a statewide network of public preserves and private working lands provides an opportunity to balance Florida’s rapid growth with the green infrastructure that supports all Floridians. Through the voices of farmers, fishermen, ranchers, and conservationists, the film offers a glimpse into one of America’s most unique and complex conservation opportunities and highlights the need to collaborate to ensure its survival.
Feature Series: ‘RV There Yet?’
Ep 5 – Vacation Paradise 🚍 Patrice and Kevin are on a solo trip to Florida’s Space Coast staying at Jetty Park Campground with a visit to the Exploration Tower, Port Canaveral, and Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. This RV There Yet? episode ends with an RV eco-drive at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.
Feature Series: ‘Selling Tampa’
The agents at the all-female, Black-owned Allure Realty mix business with fun as they rule the waterfront of a hot Tampa luxury real estate market.
Feature Series: HBO ‘A Tiny Audience’
In this series of intimate music specials, Latin musicians reveal a personal secret to the “tiny” audience before them and perform a pair of songs that are meaningful to them.
The series has been nominated for an INTERNATIONAL EMMY AWARD in the category of Best Non-English Language US Primetime Program
Feature Film: ‘South Beach Love’
Based on the Hallmark Publishing novel by New York Times Bestselling Author Caridad Pineiro comes a story about rival quinceañeras, glorious Cuban cooking, friendship, family ties- and romance. Starring William Levy and Taylor Cole. Premiering October 9th.
Feature Series: ‘David Makes Man’
From executive producers, Oprah Winfrey and Michael B. Jordan, comes the highly-anticipated second season of “David Makes Man.” This season explores David’s life in his 30s, as a growing businessman battling his childhood instincts of street survival versus the straight and narrow, to make a crucial decision that could upend the lives of both him and his community. The season premieres exclusively on OWN, on June 22nd.
Feature Series: ‘Life’s Rewards’
Odyssey Studio’s newest series, “Life’s Rewards,” follows a young businessman, who finds himself down on his luck after a risky business deal cost both he and his clients their fortunes. He is stuck at a luxurious Florida hotel, and soon reevaluates his life’s decisions, with the help of the humble hotel staff.
Made through a partnership with Visit Florida, Visit St. Pete/Clearwater, and St. Pete/Clearwater Film Commission, this series can be enjoyed through Amazon Prime on May 10th.
Feature Film: ‘Fear of Rain’
Check out this trailer for “Fear of Rain” filmed in Tampa & St. Petersburg about a teen girl named Rain who has early-onset schizophrenia. When she meets Caleb, a charmingly awkward new student at school, she finally feels she has a lifeline to normalcy. But as Rain starts to suspect that her neighbor kidnapped a child, she must soon figure out who and what is real.
Feature Series: ‘The Right Stuff’
Filmed and based in Central Florida, ‘The Right Stuff’ follows seven test pilots at the dawn of the U.S. space program as they train to become astronauts.
Film’s History in Florida
This Vox piece delves into Florida’s rich history with the film industry and explains how Jacksonville was almost “Hollywood!”