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Film / Entertainment

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Sarasota County is growing fast in recognition by Hollywood and other major film, television and multimedia production markets as a true “film-friendly” and proactive production location of choice.

Production companies from across the nation and around the world are choosing us to meet a wide range of needs for movies, television programs, commercials, music videos, documentaries, reality shows, and more. 
Many movies have shot here, featuring stars like Anna Paquin, James Franco, Jennifer Lopez, Jason Statham, Michael Chiklis, Nick Nolte, Armand Assante, and other notable celebrities.  Look for Sarasota County’s face in commercials for Bealls, Toyota, FPL, and more top brands. 
Add to great locations like Sarasota’s Ringling Museum and Ca d’Zan, the amazing talent coming out of our colleges and universities. Ringling College’s has a top-rated, award winning animation and digital filmmaking division.
The Sarasota Film Festival and other top-notch festivals take place here every year further adding to our recognition and credibility throughout the film and entertainment world!
Sarasota County has what it takes and is doing the hard work necessary to become a world-class film and entertainment location of choice, because it understands show “business”!



“The great thing about Sarasota County is there is an added incentive for rebates for security and other parts of the film. So, that’s a wonderful incentive for any filmmaker to come here for.”
-Stratton Leopold, Producer
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