IT'S HAPPENING NOW!
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.
For more than four years, COMPASS has been at the forefront of the effort to restore Florida’s ability to compete for motion picture production in the Southeastern United States. We continue to lead the charge in 2016-17.
January 5, 2017:
It’s suddenly 2017 and the clock is ticking. Florida’s lawmakers gather next week in Tallahassee for the first interim committee week of the New Year. COMPASS will be there intent on securing sponsorship for our draft bill for a motion picture investment program. We hope to get this legislation filed as soon as possible and then lay the necessary groundwork for success well in advance of the March start of session. Next week is critical.
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.
We understand that the natural priority of state government is to create economic growth by putting tax dollars to work prudently. During the 2016 legislative session, Florida legislators declared subsidies not prudent and clearly signaled their distaste for tax credits, incentives, or any form of “corporate welfare” for the entertainment industry.
We heard them loudly and clearly . . . and we are responding with strength. COMPASS has developed a new, stand-alone program and is already road-testing this strategy across the state in both legislative and business circles.