10 years

Jacksonville holds a unique place in film history. In the early 1900’s, lack of sunlight and the freezing cold proved to limit production in New York. As a result, Jacksonville became the Winter Filmmaking Capital of the world as 27 film studios set up shop at the southern end of Henry Flagler’s railroad. Jacksonville’s warm winter climate and diversity of filming locations allowed expanded operations for year round production.

However, political changes in Jacksonville combined with a bourgeoning film business out west and topped off by the loss of the filmmaking workforce to the World War I effort made Los Angeles and Hollywood the film Mecca we know it to be today. Anchored with this unique history, the JaxFilmFest was founded in 2003 by Joan Monsky and Karen Sadler and has contributed continuously to the cultural community of Northeast Florida.



November 1-4, 2012

The 10th Annual JaxFilmFest will be held NOV 1-4, 2012 in the beautiful and historic San Marco and Downtown area of Jacksonville, FL. This year also marks the initial foray into programming at the beaches.

The 2012 JaxFilmFest highlights include:
- Special Tribute and Women in Filmmaking Award honoring
   actor/director/producer CARRIE PRESTON
- 10-15 films including World and Florida premieres
- 3rd Annual Screenplay and Pitch Competition
- First Annual Indo Film Series
- 8 Workshops including Screenwriting, Animation,
   Filmmaking, Legal and Business Issues
- Mix-n-Mingle Happy Hour, Receptions and Parties
- For more information on parking, accommodations and
  dining, please visit Downtown Vision here




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