Why Film in the Emerald Coast

If you’re a filmmaker gearing up for a production, you may be wondering, “Why film in the Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast?” We can name more than a few reasons.

Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa Island is home to beautiful white sand beaches and emerald green waters. You will literally be filming in paradise. Our area offers a distinct mix of Southern charm and tropical beauty that draws millions of visitors to the area every year.

Not shooting a beach scene? Okaloosa County has a diverse landscape, complete with rural farms, fishing villages, winding rivers and thick forests. Take a look at our map of Okaloosa County to pinpoint the location for your production.

Our mild, year-round climate makes it easy to schedule production on the Emerald Coast. Sunny days and warm temperatures make filming here a breeze. Browse our weather page for climate information and forecasting.

The Emerald Coast Film Commission has assisted with several big productions, including blockbuster films “Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon” and “Jaws 2” as well as television productions including “National Geographic Wild,” HGTV’s “House Hunters,” and Bravo's “Real Housewives of Atlanta.”

Recent television, commercial, and print shoots include “Good Morning America with Emeril Lagasse,” Mercedes Benz, and Pepsi. Check out our entire roster of past productions. It’s quite an impressive list!

Just as we’ve done with dozens of productions each year, we are ready to assist you with permit information, location scouting, hiring a crew, and any other needs you might have. Please visit the Emerald Coast production resources for information on local crew, accommodations, and restaurants to support your production.

In addition to assisting you every step of the way, incentives for filmmakers include Florida sales tax exemptions for qualified productions.

Let us know if you plan on producing a film, commercial, television series, video or photography shoot on public property. We are happy to facilitate permitting for shoots on city or county property, equipment, and facilities ― including beaches and sidewalks.

We hope you will enjoy learning about all the Emerald Coast has to offer for filmmakers. Contact the film commission today to begin work on your production.