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October 07, 2013

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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.