The Film Commissioner will attend and represent the Emerald Coast at the South by Southwest Film Festival 2019 in Austin, Texas from March 8-17th.
The Film Commissioner will attend the Film Florida Board of Directors Meeting and Legislative Meetings in Tallahassee, Florida which will take place on Monday, March 25, 2019. The Emerald Coast Film Commissioner Gail Morgan is First Vice-President of Film Florida serving on the Film Florida Executive Board.
From January 24 - February 3, 2019 in Park City, Utah, Emerald Coast Film Commissioner Gail Morgan attended and represented the Emerald Coast at the Sundance Film Festival. Sundance is an important event gathering filmmakers from around the world to discover and enjoy the works of burgeoning and established writers and directors who seek a wider audience and distribution for their films. In 2019, 112 feature films were selected from a record 14,259 submissions to be shown across cinemas in Park City, Salt Lake City, and the Sundance Mountain Resort. Of those 112 feature films, 102 make their world premiere at Sundance. Emerald Coast Film Commission’s presence at the festival is essential in understanding trends in the industry and communicating the advantages for filmmakers to choose locations in Florida and especially along the Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast for their next project.
The last Quarterly Meeting of 2018 kicked off on December 5th in Orlando, Florida capping a successful year for Film Florida. First up on the agenda was the Florida Film & Entertainment Advisory Council meeting. The purpose of the council, which was appointed by the Governor, President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, is to serve as an advisory board and provide industry insight. On this night, Film Florida members were delightfully surprised with the opportunity to visit the set of David Makes Man as well as its producer Wayne Morris. The series is currently being filmed for the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) on the Universal Studios backlot.
Thursday, December 6th started with the Education Council meeting. The main objective for the council continues to be to make it easier for students of member college and universities to submit and participate in film festivals. The Industry & Association Council followed continuing discussions on how to increase professional development opportunities. The day closed out with the Strategic Futures Committee looking to the future of Film Florida as well as looking for ways to help filmmakers moving forward.
On Thursday evening, Film Florida was once again the proud sponsor of the Women in Film & Television. This annual event, Jingle Mingle, took place at Islands of Adventure at Universal Studios Florida. Jingle Mingle is a highly popular, attended holiday party in the industry. Be sure to join us next year!
This quarterly meeting was one of the highest attended meetings in some time. The next Board of Directors meeting will be March 2019 in Tallahassee, Florida.