Miami-Dade County’s film industry is becoming one of the hottest global destinations, with no signs of slowing down in 2023.
There’s a huge appetite for a lot of film and TV production wanting to come to the county, said Marco Giron, Miami-Dade County’s film and entertainment commissioner.
“We are very excited that the case is continuing,” he said, “and we will certainly focus on ourselves and market ourselves to the world to make sure that we continue to have that appetite and build locally here.” Keep.”
Working to support major production companies coming here from places like Los Angeles, the county has issued more than 60 filming permits, accounting for an estimated $19 million in direct economic spending this month alone. In 2022, the Miami-Dade County Office of Film and Entertainment issued over 1,000 filming permits, generating over $300 million in direct spending to the county’s economy.
“We continue to lead the state as Miami-Dade County still remains the largest market and accounts for over 65% of all construction occurring in our area,” said Mr. Giron.
County commissioners recently approved an educational initiative where the Office of Film and Entertainment will work with public schools and colleges to increase mentoring and additional education opportunities for students and young talents who want to get into the field .
“It’s a long-term project but it’s very exciting for our office. It’s part of sustainability,” said Mr. Giron. “I think for a sustainable industry, we need to have employees and young talent like We need someone we can keep here and they don’t have to leave Miami-Dade County to do so.”
“We are also working on our current incentive program,” he continued. “One of the things I spent a lot of time with last year was actually meeting with a lot of industry players, both locally and overseas, to understand where Miami-Dade County’s current market is, and we identified The current incentive program is something that we will revisit and we are going to make changes so that we can attract projects to our area.”
Miami-Dade’s current film incentive program provides a $50,000 tax credit for productions that spend $500,000 to $1 million and a $100,000 tax credit for productions that exceed $1 million. To qualify, productions must hire 70% of the cast, crew and vendors locally and shoot 70% of the project here.
Continuing efforts to position the county as a one-stop shop for the film and entertainment industry, Mr. Giron said, he has initiated quarterly industry networking events.
“The purpose of these events is to make major announcements for our office,” he said. “This is a great opportunity for everyone in Miami-Dade County to come together and talk. We will also hold workshops supporting small businesses involved in the film industry. ,
After global exposure with feature films like Magic Mike’s Last Dance, Bezos: The Beginning, Super Bowl commercials and even conventions, said Bruce Oroz, president of ACT Productions and the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, the industry is expanding worldwide. taking notice. ,
“I think when you have all these opportunities for conversion, whether it’s a convention with a feature film or it’s a stream show, it can really create a tremendous impact in the film and TV community,” he said. . “We think we have a lot of momentum, definitely, because we’re in Miami and not only the gateway to the rest of the world, but we’re a very sophisticated market. We have locations and we have The crew is in. We have a diversity of locations and people.