WANTED: Digital content creators with active video channels and growing subscriber bases!

Click here to apply to the Digital Creator Program

The St. Petersburg/Clearwater Film Commission has launched the Digital Creator Program, a program created to engage digtial content creators locally.  Providing education, resources and connections to the local arts, educational and business communities.  The program is designed for creators of all levels to produce high-quality video content, learn new skills, and collaborate with the local digital creative community. 

Why?

The Film Commission recognizes that digital media is important for any business.  Brands like Marriott International, Red Bull, and BMW are creating original content and uploading it to video sharing sites where it's viewed hundreds, thousands, even millions of times.  It's an important part of building and promoting a brand -- even if you're the brand -- and it works. 

The Digital Creator Program

  • Supports industry development via the creation of a Digital Creator Program in Pinellas County in partnership with local production studios, arts entities, businesses and the Film Commission.
  • Enables creators to collaborate and produce high-quality video content by providing access to professional production studios, sound stages, equipment and educational opportunities.
  • Develops content creators to work with local businesses to enhance their digital video branding and marketing.
  • Brands the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area as a viable destination for digital media content creation.
  • Highlights the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area to industry movers and shakers.
  • Helps promote and brand the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Film Commission by doing what no other film commissions are doing.

Qualifications

To qualify for the Digital Creator Studio, a creator must:

  • Have an active video channel with quality content and a substantial subscriber base OR the proven talent to achieve both.
  • Have no current copyright, flags or other strikes on the qualifying channel(s).
  • Attend a mandatory 4-hour live boot camp covering usage guidelines, available production studios and resources, tips for growing/targeting/sustaining/monetizing channels, and more.
  • Be at least 18 years old.

How to participate

Step 1: Complete and submit the Digital Creator Program application.

Step 2: The St. Petersburg/Clearwater Film Commission evaluates the application and determines if it's mutually-beneficial to support the applicant's efforts.

Step 3: If so, the applicant is invited to attend the Digital Creator Program boot camp (see below). 

Step 4: After completing the boot camp/orientation, program participants are eligible to reserve studio space and sound stages at partner studios, and access special production programs, educational offerings, and exclusive events and screenings.

About the boot camp 

Film Commissioner and Instructor Tony Armer leads the boot camp that covers:

  • The different types of platforms available; YouTube, Facebook Watch, IGTV, Vimeo, Amazon Video Direct, Daily Motion and others.
  • Developing a Creative Strategy.
  • Monetization with YouTube, Facebook Watch, Amazon, Vimeo, Daily Motion and other platforms. 
  • Collaboration and Business Development
  • The Best Online Platforms for your particular Videos

What's the catch?

There isn't one!  The Film Commission works with creators and studios, and provides for the studio time used.  Program participants retain ownership of content and any monetization.

Content creation guidelines

The St. Petersburg/Clearwater Film Commission reserves the right to approve the concept or subject matter of all content to be produced at partner studios.

  • Content cannot be offensive.

  • Content creators must abide by generally accepted copyright guidelines.

  • Projects must include Special Thanks To and the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Film Commission logo.

Cultivating skills

The St. Petersburg/Clearwater Film Commission offers a variety of classes and workshops designed to cultivate skills.  Most are free and open to all creators and members of the community.  The number of people is limited, therefore seating is by reservation on a first-come, first-served basis.  Past classes and workshops have covered topics including: producing, cinematography, color correction, directing actors, editing, production design, casting, crowdfunding, 360º video training, social media for filmmakers, and building your YouTube channel.  Future topics TBA.

Special events

The St. Petersburg/Clearwater Film Commission periodically hosts free Q&A sessions with digital media experts and influencers, such as: 

  • Florida Film Summit, this free 2 day film summit featured 7 workshops and 2 networking events with high level industry speakers from New York, Los Angeles and Nashville.
  • A Day with George Takei, a huge cultural icon with 10 million+ followers on social media, 40,460 subscribers to his YouTube channel, and a combined 8.7 million views of his videos.  George appeared in Kevin's Epic Adventures filmed in St. Petersburg/Clearwater.   
  • An Evening with Freddie Wong, who has a Top 25 YouTube Channel and over 50 billion views - more views than the past eight Super Bowls combined.  Freddie signed a partnershop with Lionsgate, and starred in Freddie Wong Flies a Jetpack Rocketjump Style, also filmed in St. Petersburg/Clearwater. 

Partner studios:

Bluewater Media

14375 Myerlake Circle
Clearwater, FL 33760
 
CMR Studios
442 94th Ave. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33702
 
Litewave Media
10901 Roosevelt Blvd.
Saint Petersburg, FL 33716
 
Studio 330
2830 Scherer Drive, Suite 330
St. Petersburg, FL 33716

Channel Fluxx
14220 66th Street N
Unit C
Clearwater, FL 33764

Christian Television Network
6922 142nd Avenue
Largo, FL 33771

Red Gear Studios
699 East Lakeview Road
Clearwater, FL 33756

Pitch Video Studios
7441 114th Ave #605,
Largo, FL 33773

Cineview Studios
10530 72nd Street N (Unit 706)
Largo, FL 33777
Phone: 727-482-1940

Two Stories Media
4900 Creekside Drive
Unit E
Clearwater, FL 33760
727-307-1095

Click here to apply to the Digital Creator Studio

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