Film and television industry thrives in Palm Beach County


A lot of people talk a lot about tourism in Florida, but what really attracts people to the Sunshine State? Florida Film Industry and Production.

Cities like Miami claim to offer “the best film set” to attract tourists, transplants and high earners. But there are millions of earners in Palm Beach County as well.

Horses and US Polo Assn. mannequins on the sand are not something you see every day at Riviera Beach. But when you’re Allan Ramos, stage manager for MS4 productions, Florida provides a great backdrop, wherever you are.

Allan Ramos discusses the filming plans taking place in Palm Beach County.

“We do maybe 150 to 200 TV commercials and photo shoots a year,” Ramos said. “It’s aesthetics, the environment, nature – a jurisdiction that is ‘movie-friendly’. And they support you in the process to get you permission to do that.”

Sources like Zippia rank Florida 16th among film producers and the economic impact for Palm Beach County is in the hundreds of millions.

“About 15 years ago, we were # 3 – just behind California and New York,” said Michelle Hillery, assistant film commissioner for the Palm Beach County Film and Television Commission. “An industry of about $ 200 million per year here in Palm Beach County. Our offices (work on) almost 300 permits per year and 250 additional projects that didn’t actually need a permit.”

That’s why the county’s Film and Television Commission is backing Florida House Bill 217, an incentive program for the film, television and digital media industry tabled in September.

Michelle Hillery discusses a Florida bill that would give incentives to the movie industry.
Michelle Hillery discusses a Florida bill that would give incentives to the movie industry.

“Florida is just one of 17 states in this country that doesn’t have one,” Hillery said.

In the meantime, the committee is also accepting nominations for the 27th annual Palm Beaches Student Showcase of Films. The largest statewide film competition open to currently enrolled high school and college students.

A diversity report shows that 25% of all applications came from predominantly minority schools – 106 out of 431.

Additionally, 35% of student finalists between 2010 and 2021 represented growth in diversity – 109 out of 315.

  • Male – 54%
  • Women – 46%
  • White – 66%
  • Hispanic – 17%
  • Dark – 10%
  • Asians and other non-whites – 7%

Submissions are accepted until January 22, 2022.

Hillery said the investment is boosting Florida tourism and a highly skilled and more diverse workforce.

“Giving over $ 1.6 million in scholarships and awards each year is the heart and joy of what we do at the film commission, and it is our education outreach program,” said Hillery. “We have already done studies that show that 100% of the students who won or were finalists in the student film showcase are still actively involved in the film and television industry. This is extremely promising for us. “

Click here to learn more about the 27th Annual Palm Beaches Student Film Show or visit their YouTube page.

Scripps content only 2021


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