Jacksonville’s Norman Studios is the only known remaining silent film studio left standing in the U.S. and was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2016.
The film industry is a part of the fabric of Florida.
In recent years though, Florida has lost more than 70 major film and television projects that would have spent more than $1.3 billion in Florida, used 220,000 hotel room nights and provided 110,000 cast and crew jobs for Floridians.
Florida is the only state in the Southeast and without a program to compete for film and television projects which puts us at a major competitive disadvantage.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, our economy has taken a significant hit. The film and television industry can and should be a major part of Florida’s economic recovery. Continuing to diversify the state’s economy while supporting high-wage, high-tech jobs is vital.
When an average feature film or television series films in a location, they spend $20 million in the local community while hiring 1,500 Floridians.
Given the current challenges to our economy, one