WIFT-FL & Leu Gardens Invite YOU to LUNAFEST, 5/23!

Category : Latest News

LUNAFEST flyer May 23 14Women in Film & Television – Florida and the Harry P. Leu Gardens invite you to LUNAFEST ORLANDO!

Friday, May 23, 2014
6:30 – 10:00 p.m.

Movie time at 8:30 pm

Harry P. Leu Gardens
1929 N. Forest Ave.
Orlando, FL 32803

Ticket Prices:
Full Members of WIFT-FL – $10.00
Leu Gardens Member – $10.00
Non-Member and Day of Event – $15.00

LUNAFEST is a traveling film festival of award-winning short films by, for and about women. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Breast Cancer Fund

This season’s program of nine selected films will compel discussion, make you laugh, tug at your heartstrings and motivate you to make a difference in your community. Incredibly diverse in style and content, LUNAFEST is united by a common thread of exceptional storytelling – by, for and about women.

Visit https://www.123signup.com/event?id=dyfct to purchase your ticket today!

leu movie

List of short films: Granny’s Got Game, Flying Anne, Sidewalk, First Match, Sound Shadows,  Maria Of Many, Running Dry, Date With Fate, and Tiny Miny Magic

Festival Flyer: lunafest 2014 flyer (1) (1)

11th Annual Doggie Art Festival Takes Over Winter Park on Sunday

Category : Latest News

  2014DoggieArtFest11th Annual Doggie Art Festival

  • When: Sunday, April 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Where: North Central Park, Winter Park
  • Cost: Free
  • Age limit: All ages

Art goes to the dogs this weekend, as the 11th Annual Doggie Art Festival takes over Park Avenue in Winter Park on Sunday, April 13.

Bring out your pups to check out the best in doggie art from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Proceeds benefit the Sebastian Haul Fund, which helps greyhounds reach their new families.


FREE Entertainment Legislative Info Session THIS Thursday in Orlando

Category : Latest News

Screen Shot 2014-03-04 at 2.24.25 PM

CALLING ALL MEMBERS OF FLORIDA’S ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRYMake Plans to Attend a Special Event THIS Thursday, March 6th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm in ORLANDO!


You are cordially invited to join Women in Film & TV – Florida (WIFT-FL) and IDEAS for a Legislative Info Session outlining current efforts and goals to replenish the Florida Film & Entertainment Incentive Program.

Sheena Fowler (Film Commissioner, Orlando), John Lux (Chief Operating Officer, IDEAS) and Dave Caserta (Lobbyist, Film Florida) will talk about what has been done over the past months and what needs to happen through the current legislative session to ensure the tax credit incentive program is replenished.
WIFT 2014WIFT-FL president Lyn Henderson will introduce the new 2014 WIFT-FL Board of Directors and give an overview of the organization. www.womeninfilmfl.org.
In addition, IDEAS will also be shooting :30 clips with personal stories of those industry workers affected by the depletion of the tax incentive program.
6:00 – 6:30 p.m.: Networking/Mingling
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.: Info Session & Forum
7:30 – 8:00 p.m.: Networking/Mingling
IDEAS is located at 64 E. Concord St., Orlando, FL 32801

Refreshments will be provided.  Plenty of free parking will be available in the IDEAS parking lot and in the lot directly west of IDEAS.

Admission is FREE and open to the public.

​2014 Orlando Legislative Forum: http://youtu.be/67i5xzPti3o  

New Study Findings Reinforce Critical Role of Film/TV to Florida’s Economy

Category : Latest News

Screen Shot 2014-02-12 at 12.53.43 PMStudy Finds Film & Entertainment Industry Financial Incentive Program Returns $5 Back to the State for Every $1 Issued

Tallahassee, Fla. – Film Florida today announced new study findings that demonstrate the significant, positive impact the Film and Entertainment Industry Financial Incentive Program has on Florida’s economy. These latest figures supplement a study conducted in March 2013 by the public accountancy and business advisory firm, MNP LLP, and sponsored by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), that found the incentive supported 87,870 jobs, $2.3 billion in labor income, and $7.2 billion in economic spending across the state, both through production spending and induced tourism.

MPAAThe study released today, which can be viewed by clicking here, was commissioned by MPAA and independently prepared by MNP for the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and focuses on film-induced tourism’s impact on Florida’s businesses and local governments. Survey data found that 19.5 percent of all visitors to the state indicated viewing a movie or television series filmed in Florida contributed to their decision to travel there. After taking into consideration all of the data impacted by the incentive, the study estimates the production incentive’s return on investment (ROI) based on a range from 5.6 percent to 20.5 percent.  The result means for every dollar of incentive issued, between $5.60 and $20.50 is returned back to Florida in state taxes.

Today’s findings are a supplement to MNP’s March 2013 study, which can be viewed by clicking here.

DT poster“As evidenced by the findings announced today by Film Florida, Florida’s Film and Entertainment Industry Financial Incentive Program is second to none in terms of return on investment for the State of Florida,” said Leah Sokolowsky, president of Film Florida.  “In fact, the incentive program is so successful, it maintains a track record of a minimum 5:1 return on investment for the state.  The program attracts a significant amount of entertainment projects, and in turn, Florida gains direct and indirect jobs, tax revenue, and film-induced tourism dollars from the film and entertainment industry.”

“And, if leveraged to its full potential, the incentive program has the ability to infuse even more capital into our state’s economy,” said Sokolowsky.  “Simply put, a long-term funding commitment and continued investment in Florida’s Film and Entertainment Industry Financial Incentive Program is an investment in Florida’s economy.”

“Today’s findings released by our friends at Film Florida support what has been demonstrated in the U.S. and internationally – that a competitive, reliable production tax incentive is incredibly beneficial for state and local economies,” said Vans Stevenson, senior vice president for State Government Affairs at MPAA.  “As was demonstrated by last year’s study, film and television production in Florida is creating tens of thousands of jobs and infusing billions in economic spending across the state. I commend the entire Florida film community, the Governor and Florida Legislature for their efforts in making the state one of the country’s premier markets for film and television production.”

burn-notice “Florida has been successfully utilizing tax credits to lure the film and entertainment industry to shoot major motion pictures, television series and other independent productions around the state since its inception,” said Gus Corbella, chairman of the Florida Film and Entertainment Advisory Council.  “The benefits have been great: high-wage jobs, boosts to our local economies and worldwide publicity for our state.  This supplementary study reinforces what we already know, that the film and entertainment industry has the ability to be a major economic driver in our state and in diversifying our economy.  On behalf of the Florida Film and Entertainment Advisory Council, I encourage lawmakers this session to help establish a reliable and stable funding mechanism that will help this growing industry take root in our state and become a more permanent contributor to Florida’s economy.”

florida“This report demonstrates how accountable, carefully constructed incentives that build off a state or community’s core strengths help drive local economies, create new job opportunities and provide new avenues for development,” said Tom Foulkes, vice president of State Government Affairs at the Entertainment Software Association. “These investments in communities and local employers fuel an economic engine that helps drive forward the state economy.”

Florida’s Film and Entertainment Industry Financial Incentive Program was enacted in July 2010 by the Florida Legislature in order to encourage the use of the State of Florida as a site for film, entertainment and digital media production, and to develop and sustain the workforce and infrastructure for film, entertainment and digital media production.

# # #


FilmFlLgoClrFilm Florida is a not-for-profit association that provides a leadership role in Florida’s film and entertainment industries. Film Florida’s mission is to offer businesses and individuals the benefits of a statewide trade association to promote the creation of jobs in the film and entertainment production industries and to promote economic development and tourism.

Harmony’s GRAZE Featured on Cooking Channel Show, EMERIL’S FLORIDA

Category : Latest News

Emeril's Timeline photoEMERIL’S FLORIDA, a show currently airing on the Cooking Channel, highlights the Sunshine State through the eyes of Emeril Lagasse … all the episodes are on-location with a focus on food, cooking, events and activities around Florida. Central Florida is front and center on several of the shows.

Chef Kimberly Rice of GRAZE at Harmony Golf Preserve (http://harmonyfl.com/Amenities/graze-restaurant-catering) will be featured on EMERIL’S FLORIDA on Sunday, February 2nd at 2:30pm … Monday, February 3rd at 9:30 am … and Thursday, February 6th at 11:30 am.

Emeril w: Team GRAZEhttp://www.cookingchanneltv.com/shows/emerils-florida/200/getaway-go-eat-and-giddy-up.html

Emeril - GRAZE menuABOUT GRAZE: With a modern ambiance, Graze is the ideal place to savor the freshest cuisine around. Each of our dishes is prepared using carefully selected, locally grown and raised ingredients for unmatched quality and unparalleled taste.

GRAZE on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/GrazeHarmony

GRAZE Menu: www.facebook.com/GrazeHarmony/app_117784394919914

GRAZE Address: 7251 Five Oaks Drive, Harmony, FL 34773

For reservations, call: (407) 891-2630

The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association put out this official press release:  http://www.frla.org/frla-news/item/1425-chef-emeril-lagasse-samples-restaurants-in-osceola-county-on-emerils-florida

Graze Harmony