Lawmakers Want to Reboot Florida's Film Industry

Lawmakers are looking to reboot Florida’s film industry.

Two South Florida lawmakers want to bring back the film industry to their state.

Sen. Annette Taddeo, D-Miami, and Florida Rep. David Silvers, D-West Palm Beach, have filed bills in their respective branches to reestablish Florida's once-burgeoning film industry.

According to Local 10, SB 1606 seeks to establish the Florida Motion Picture Capital Corporation "to encourage the use of this state as a site for scripted productions by providing financing to certain productions." The House companion bill was co-sponsored by Silvers and Rep. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota.

"This effort will bring high-paying jobs, grow the middle class and maintain Florida's reputation as a top destination for film and TV projects," Taddeo said.

Under the proposal, productions would be greenlit on a merit-based system in which certain provisions must be met. The process, Taddeo said, would be similar to a loan so that filmmakers with a proven track record would benefit from it.

It is important to point out that Florida was once third in the country for film and TV production, just behind California and New York. Now, states like Georgia has taken over the film industry due to their luxurious film tax credits.

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