About the St. Augustine Film Office


The St. Augustine Film Office/St. Johns County, Fl (SAFO) is ready to serve you with unique locations, experienced crew and user friendly officials.

Our area boasts a wealth of locations including the nation’s oldest historic district, coastal and rural settings. Being the oldest permanent European city in the U.S., St. Augustine and St. Johns County has numerous period locations that easily double as 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th & 21st century U.S. or European cities, and our marshes and swamps can double for many other tropical locales.

St. Augustine/ St. Johns County’s solid infrastructure, supplemented with regional resources make filming here economical and fun! We’re a tourist destination with great restaurants, parks and beaches. We are the entertainment and dining district of N.E. Florida-a theme park people live in!

St. Augustine/St. Johns County is a film-friendly community with cooperative local governments and agencies. Most permits are free or under $50 and are issued or coordinated through the Film Office.

Our historical film legacy goes back to the very early days of film. Highlights might include ‘Distant Drums’ with Gary Cooper (1951), ‘Creature from the Black Lagoon’ where we stood in for the Amazon jungle (1954) to more contemporary films such as ‘Lonely Hearts’where we were a mid-western farm and ‘The Celestine Prophecy’ where we were Peru!

Now we want your business. We will endeavor to smooth your way for film, TV, print, commercial, industrial or anything where our look will serve your needs.


I was blessed to serve as Florida’s State Film Commissioner in the office of Gov. Jeb Bush from 2005-2008, but I’ve also been an indie film producer for the past 20 years.  I was born and raised in Florida, and I love to film here whenever possible.  

My last movie was THE CHICKASAW RANCHER, an 1870s Native American drama for the Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma.  I was thrilled to learn that this story actually had a historical connection with Fort Marion in St. Augustine.  When the Chickasaw learned the fort was still there, they agreed to film the segments there.  With terrific support from the St. Augustine Film Office staff (including Marty Lewis, Diane Maurno, and Rick Ambrose) we were able to lock down the fort, lodging, meals, rentals, local crew and many other needs to make the scenes look like they did in 1877 — they were a big help!  
I’m confident the scenes we shot at the fort, now known as the Castillo de San Marcos, will show off the fort beautifully on the big screen, as will the scene we shot at sunrise on the beach there.  Can’t wait to film there again!
Paul Sirmons

Producer, THE CHICKASAW RANCHER, Chickasaw Nation Productions

I’m a producer/director and I work all over the country on various types of shoots. One of the biggest challenges in my job is producing a large job remotely. I often end up having to put the outcome of my project into the hands of people that I only have met briefly on the phone. It can be nerve racking to say the least.

I recently had the opportunity to shoot a set of spots for a credit union in St Augustine , Florida. I reached out to the film office and from the start my project was in good hands. They helped with everything: locations, talent, crew, props, wardrobe, make-up, craft services etc. I found it all in St Augustine and my clients were thrilled with the results. PLUS, when you’re shooting in St Augustine you’re working in one the most beautiful places in the world! I hope I can find a production that will take me back soon.

Michael Pickering