Why Aren't Films About Florida Shooting In Florida?
Part of the problem is that the state's incentive program for film and television is tapped out. In 2010, the Florida Legislature set aside nearly $300 million in tax credits for film, TV and video production to be awarded only after production had wrapped. It was supposed to last for five years, but about 312 projects (some of them blockbusters like "Ironman 3") stepped up for a piece and the fund ran out of money quickly.
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Although those 312 film and TV productions added nearly $4.1 billion to Florida’s gross state product, attractive tax incentives from other states are increasingly driving production out of Florida.
The fact that film versions of stories set in
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Two Republican state senators, Nancy Detert of Venice and Jack Latvala of Clearwater, are seeking to include a film and TV incentive reform package in the Senate's economic development bill. The package would replace the old program, which sunsets on July 1..
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Hillery says film and TV projects that decided to shoot outside of
"Our legislators will be sending a very clear message to our state that it doesn't care about these types of jobs," she says.