Working to restore Florida motion picture production
Early April 2018: The next legislative session seems very far down the road – we’ve got to get through the 2018 mid-term elections first and then quickly assess the new political landscape. So COMPASS has refocused to a regional perspective and will be looking for opportunities over the next several months to develop our financing concept with local government and business support. We hope for exciting news over the summer.
COMPASS represents the Florida men and women who work in feature film and episodic television production and the Florida-based businesses that provide materials, equipment, provisions, and other support to this industry.
Since May of 2012, the Congress of Motion Picture Associations of Florida (COMPASS) has maintained an unwavering legislative presence in Tallahassee and around the state, building credibility as the primary advocacy group for Florida motion picture production.
We know that, of the various entertainment industry sectors, the greatest economic impact comes from feature film and episodic television production – through its singular ability to create good long-term jobs for Floridians and inject maximum production spending into Florida communities.
In 2017, COMPASS responded to opposition to corporate subsidies by introducing legislation to create a new business model based on sound financing principles. Our legislation was heard and passed by one Senate committee.
We returned to Tallahassee for the 2018 legislative session with an updated and refined bill, a broader legislative and business support base, and a fire in our belly. Again, we passed one committee in the Senate and hit a stone wall in the House, where conservative opposition blocked our every attempt to get a fair hearing for our program.
As always, we learn from the effort. Now we prepare to make a regional push over the summer and fall of this year, and then re-energize our state level campaign after November elections are over and the first committee weeks begin in December.
“The playing field is no longer level and that must be fixed. Florida’s actors, filmworkers, producers, and small business owners deserve to be able compete with other Southeastern states for our share of the domestic market for feature film and episodic television production. We must persuade Florida legislators, business associations, community and educational leaders, the tourism industry, and the public in general to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with us and support our effort to bring motion picture production back to the Sunshine State.”
Chris Ranung, COMPASS chair