For more than 100 years, the Sunshine State has starred in some of your favorite commercials, films, and television series—and more recently developed some of your favorite games. Florida’s unique history of the film and television industry starts in Jacksonville, originally coined the “Winter Film Capital of the World”. Take a historic dive into Florida’s unique history of the industry and uncover the details of America’s first Hollywood.

Visit our Florida Filmography page for an extensive list of more than 100 years of Florida film projects. The list includes films, TV series, Commercials, Music Videos, Documentaries, and Digital Media/Video Games produced in Florida.

Jacksonville was America’s first Hollywood

In the early years of the 20th century, Jacksonville earned the title of “Winter Film Capital of the World.” The warm climate, striking natural surroundings, diversity of architecture, inexpensive labor, and easy rail access attracted more than 30 movie studios. Read more from Visit Jacksonville

Downtown Jacksonville Photo- Big Buildings

Norman Studios- Jacksonville’s only surviving film studio complex

Founded in 1916 Jacksonville, FL as Eagle Film City and purchased by Richard E. Norman in the early 1920s, the Norman Studios was among the nation’s first to produce “race films” starring African American characters in positive, non-stereotypical roles. Learn more about Jacksonville’s Norman Studios history from Visit Florida and Norman Studios

Photo of Norman Studios in the early 20th century

Florida filmed movie posters collection

The posters shown on Museum of Florida History’s website depict some of Florida’s most famous films from the early 1920s to the present. They are all part of the Museum of Florida History’s permanent collection of Florida movie memorabilia. View the photo archive from Museum of Florida History

The original Flipper movie poster

Florida filmed historic photo archive

Contained in Florida Memory’s website are images from several films, from the classic gems to the soon forgotten, that helped rank the Sunshine State in third place in the nation for producing films. View the photo archive from Florida Memory

Lassie the dog in front of camera crew waiting for a cue