Film industry in Florida

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The film industry in Florida is one of the largest in the United States: in 2006, Florida ranked third in the U.S. for film production (after California and New York) based on revenue generated.[1] However, more recent 2009-2010 data no longer show Florida among the top four states.[2]

Production activity has been generally concentrated in two regions, South and Central Florida (Orlando and Tampa). The South Florida region is famous for large projects like Jerry Bruckheimer's Bad Boys film series and Neal Moritz's 2 Fast 2 Furious. The Central Florida area has been featured in The Punisher, starring John Travolta, and Adam Sandler's The Waterboy.

The state of Florida has a long film history thanks to its year-round sunshine and moderate climate. Film classics were filmed throughout the state, such as Moon Over Miami (1941) and Esther Williams' Easy to Love (1953).


In the early 1990s Orlando experienced a great boom in film production. The construction of the Disney-MGM Studios and Universal Studios production facilities attracted many filmmakers to the area. Films like Ron Howard's Parenthood and syndicated television shows like The Adventures of Superboy led the pack. Soon, the Steven Spielberg series seaQuest DSV and Tom Hank's From the Earth to the Moon called Florida home. During this period Orlando acquired the nickname "Hollywood East" because of its surging film industry.

Just as film production appeared to be on the decline in Florida, the phenomenal success of 1998's The Blair Witch Project led to another boom. While this film was filmed in Maryland, its director and entire crew were University of Central Florida film school graduates. This cult independent film has led to a new wave of film production for the area.

Celebrity residents[edit]

Florida is also the home of many famous actors. Celebrity residents of Florida include Burt Reynolds, James Best, John Travolta, Michael Winslow, Justin Timberlake, Scott "Carrot Top" Thompson, Will Smith, Allan Meade, and Sylvester Stallone. There are also quite a few successful film directors located in the state including Daniel Myrick and George A. Romero.

Feature films shot in North Florida (Pensacola, Ocala, Jacksonville regions)[edit]

Feature films shot in Central Florida (Orlando/Tampa region)[edit]

Feature films shot in South Florida (Miami region)[edit]

Documentary films shot in Florida[edit]

Florida-based narrative TV series[edit]

Florida-based documentary/reality shows and independent shorts[edit]

  • Carpocolypse (2005 sports reality show)
  • The Chad Effect (2001 independent short)
  • Dr. G: Inside the Caylee Anthony Case (2012 documentary TV special)
  • Dr G Medical Examiner (2004- docu-drama)
  • Gainesville (2015- reality show)
  • Garriage: A Documentary in 4 Chapters and an Epilogue (2004 documentary)
  • Hogan Knows Best (2005- reality show)
  • Making The Band (2000 reality show)
  • On Being Your Average Joe (2005 independent short)
  • The Paper Route (1999 independent short)
  • Skating's Next Star[5] (2006 competition reality show)
  • WWF: Raw Is War (1997 sports show)

Film festivals hosted in Florida[edit]

Film commissions and offices[edit]

  • Film in Florida - official site of Governor's Office of Film and Entertainment[9]
  • Metro Orlando Film Office[10]
  • Miami-Dade Film Office[11]
  • Polk County Film Office[12]
  • Space Coast Film Commission[13]
  • Palm Beach County Film and Television Commission[14]

Florida-based studio facilities[edit]

Metro Orlando alone is home to more than 10 state-of-the-art sound stages, making it one of the largest working production facility centers outside of Los Angeles and New York. Complete studio and production services are available throughout Florida, including backlots that can double for just about any national or international locale, production office space and sound stages totaling more than 160,000 square feet (15,000 m2).

Some of these facilities include:

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ 2006 Florida Film Commission Data
  2. ^ "Film Works L.A.; Note that California, #1 is not included in the chart". Archived from the original on 2012-04-15. Retrieved 2012-04-18.
  3. ^ "Clay County filmmakers hope to release movie nationwide". Clay Today. July 31, 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-10-25. Retrieved Oct 25, 2014.
  4. ^ "Short film 'Charlie' to begin filming in April". Orlando Weekly. March 27, 2013. Archived from the original on 2014-10-25. Retrieved Oct 25, 2014.
  5. ^ "Skating's Next Star". Archived from the original on 2008-08-21. Retrieved 2008-08-24.
  6. ^ Gasparilla International Film Festival (GIFF)
  7. ^ L-DUB Film Festival
  8. ^ Lake Worth Playhouse
  9. ^ Film in Florida - official site of Governor's Office of Film and Entertainment
  10. ^ Metro Orlando Film Office
  11. ^ Miami-Dade Film Office
  12. ^ "Polk County Film Office". Archived from the original on 2006-08-26. Retrieved 2006-08-24.
  13. ^ "Space Coast Film Commission". Archived from the original on 2006-07-05. Retrieved 2006-08-24.
  14. ^ Palm Beach County Film and Television Commission