• The production project must spend a minimum of $1,000,000 in Miami-Dade County on qualifying payroll and qualifying expenses. Qualifying payroll is defined as payment of salary to Miami-Dade County residents for work performed from the first day of pre-production to the last day of post-production (“Duration of Project”). Additionally, each project can include qualifying ancillary expenditures from businesses that are located within the Miami-Dade County boundaries.
• The maximum grant amount that will be awarded per production project is $100,000.
• Each project is required to hire a minimum of 50 main cast and crew (employees) that are Miami-Dade County residents**. The employment of the 50 main cast and crew is for the duration of the project: from commencement of principal photography until the wrap of principal photography. Additionally, productions that have a cast and crew of 110 personnel or more will be required to have at least 60 percent of the total cast and crew (employees), excluding extras/background talent*, be Miami-Dade County residents**.
Qualifying Payroll and Qualifying Expenses:
Qualifying Payroll shall mean payment of salary to Miami-Dade County residents for work performed from the First Day of Pre-Production to the Last Day of Post-Production (“Duration of Project”), excluding salary in excess of $75,000 for any resident. Qualifying Expenses shall mean payments for such goods and services from the date of submission of the application through the Last Day of Post-Production, excluding all expenditures in an amount less than $20. Proof of Miami-Dade County residency requires a copy of the Florida driver’s license and one (1) other supporting document. A list of supporting documents are available at http://www.flhsmv.gov/ddl/address.html.
*Extras/background actor is a performer defined as one who appears in a non-speaking or non-singing (silent) capacity, usually in the background in a film, television show, or any production project.
**Proof of cast and crew size will be required and proof of Miami-Dade County residency requires a copy of the resident’s Florida driver’s license, or Florida REAL ID, or Voter Registration Card, or Passport; and at least one (1) other supporting document. A list of supporting documents are available at http://www.flhsmv.gov/ddl/address.html.
- Each project must hire at least (1) one student/recent graduate who:
- is enrolled in an entertainment production educational program at a Miami-Dade County college or university on the date of the commencing of prep of principal photography of the production; or
- graduated less than one year prior to the date of the commencement of prep of principal photography from a Miami-Dade County college or university with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in film, video, media or digital media production, motion pictures or similar study, and currently resides in Miami-Dade County.
** Students will need the University/College to submit an email from their Professor’s professional email account to prove a qualifying student and a recent (within one year graduate) will need to provide proof by submitting copy of diploma and college transcripts.
Below are lists of current students.
List of New York Film Academy Students
Miami International University of Art & Design Students
SEDT Graduate List
SEDT Spring Students list
UM Students and recent Graduates
- Each project must pay qualified Miami-Dade County residents hired a minimum of the Living Wage per County Code Section 2-8-9, as may be amended from time to time.
- Each project is required to utilize at least 80 percent of vendors that are registered in Miami-Dade County to do business.
- Each project is required to produce 70 percent of the entire production project be produced/filmed in Miami-Dade County. This will be determined by a combination of a final production schedule and the final edited, ready-for-distribution project.
- Application must be submitted prior to the start of the project.
- Each final project will need to include Miami-Dade County as a sense of place.
- Each project must start principal photography or commence digital development (for digital projects) within 120 days of the Board of County Commissioners approving the grant agreement.
- Insurance coverage will be required, including but not limited to: worker’s compensation, commercial general liability insurance on a comprehensive basis in an amount not less than $1,000,000, and automobile liability insurance covering all owned, non-owned and hired vehicles used in connection with the work, in an amount not less than $300,000 combined single limit per occurrence for bodily injury and property damage.
- Each project is required to include the official specialty “Miami-Dade County” identifier in the end credits on projects that include credits in their project. The identifier will be provided by the Miami-Dade Office of Film & Entertainment (OFE), which will require proof that it has been placed in the credits in the final distributed project. Additionally, the production must provide promotional stills and marketing materials prior to the release of production project for use by the OFE on their website and other marketing.
- No production company, including a parent company and any of its subsidiaries, may receive a grant for more than one production project in a one year period from time of first application, unless the production project is continued for a following season.
- Proof of financing will be required within 30 days of submitting the application and before the grant agreement is presented to the BCC for approval. If proof isn’t received within 30 days the application is automatically cancelled.
- Production projects will have an audit performed by an accountant, demonstrating compliance with all required criteria. The results of the audit must be submitted to the OFE within six months of the production project being completed. The results of the audit must be submitted to OFE within 300 days of the last day of post-production. With the submission of the audit, the production must include a final crew list, final vendor list, final call sheets, final production reports, and payroll reports. The production must retain and maintain records, including independent auditor working papers, books, documents, and other evidence, including, but not limited to, vouchers, bills invoices, requests for payment, and other supporting documentation, which, according to generally accepted accounting principles, procedures, and practices, sufficiently and properly demonstrate compliance with all grant requirements and reflect all project costs expended in the performance of this agreement.