COMPASS is the principal advocacy group for restoring feature film production in Florida.

Potential FFEAC elimination withdrawn by amendment

This afternoon in Tallahassee, the five members of the Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee voted unanimously to adopt an amendment to SB 1636, introduced by bill sponsor Senator Dennis Baxley (R-District 12) last week, that removes any reference...

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COMPASS works to protect the FFEAC

As a direct line of representation to all levels of state government, the Florida Film and Entertainement Advisory Council (FFEAC) has for many years been an important and relevant advocate for Florida's film community in Tallahassee. Two omnibus bills introduced...

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End of December 2019

As we prepare to turn the corner into a New Year, we find ourselves once again deep into that familiar state of suspended activity that precedes every new legislative session. Supporters of Senator Joe Gruters' SB 530 may be taking a quick holiday breather but they...

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On the run-up to the 2020 legislative session

Committee weeks are already well underway in Tallahassee. At this point, COMPASS is exploring the merits of several possible legislative engagements and may ultimately decide to establish a presence on some issues in Tallahassee during the 2020 session. Measured...

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On deck . . . Feature Florida Partnerships

An article just posted by the South Florida Business Journal is alerting the Florida film community to the launch of a new approach to bringing motion picture production back to the Sunshine State.In her article "New business-backed initiative seeks investors to...

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It’s in the books

Late yesterday morning, Senate Bill 1808 - a resolution recognizing the value of film and television production to the State of Florida -  was unanimously adopted by voice vote on the floor of the Florida Senate. Now it's in the books. Where to go next?Originally...

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COMPASS Chair, Chris Ranung is twenty-plus years a filmworker and president of Local 477 of the I.A.T.S.E. – the AFL-CIO affiliated labor union that represents working crew in Florida: grips, lighting technicians, paint & scenic, costumes, construction and propmakers, craft service personnel, greens, set dressers, special effects technicians, sound mixers and sound department personnel, studio teachers, animal wranglers, first aid, the marine department and much more.

Chris believes ardently that Florida’s film community – its actors, working crew, production teams, supplementary personnel, support businesses – ranks among the best in the United States.  He sees COMPASS as the necessary vehicle to reinvigorate production and restore jobs, revenue, and dignity to the Florida men and women who work in motion picture production and the Florida small businesses that sustain this historically important Florida industry.

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