Festival History / Filmography

The Silver Springs International Film Festival is an international cultural event to elevate awareness of Ocala/Marion County, FL, Florida's Silver Springs State Park and the area's contributions to the history of cinema and the cultural landscape of Florida.

The third Festival is set to be held in Downtown Ocala in April 4th - April 10th, 2016 in the beautifully restored Historic Marion Theatre. The second Festival was held April 8th - 12th, 2015.  Check out the highlights from the 2015 Festival here.


Ocala is the county seat of Marion County and the principal city of the Ocala, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area, with an estimated population of 335,125.  It is located in the heart of central Florida, 70 miles northwest of Orlando along the I-75 corridor.  Known as "The Kingdom of the Sun" and "Horse Capital of the World," Ocala is one of the major thoroughbred centers of the world and is home to Silver Springs, a 350-acre (1.4km2) State nature park that surrounds the headwaters of the Silver River, the largest artesian spring formation in the world.

Six "Tarzan" movies, the "Sea Hunt" TV series, the horror movie classic "Creature From The Black Lagoon", National Geographic specials, TV commercials...  the list goes on and on of movies, TV shows, and commercials that have been shot at Silver Springs over the years.  Today, Silver Springs' crystal clear waters, tropical jungles and thick forests still serve as locations for the film and television industries.

Film crews have been attracted to "Florida's Original Tourist Attraction" since 1916 when the silent movie The Seven Swans, starring Richard Barthelmess and Marguerite Clark, was shot at the park.  Many more small films followed, but it wasn't until the 30's and 40's when Johnny Weissmuller starred in six Tarzan movies shot at Silver Springs that the attraction's exotic surroundings became a popular location for films.

Since the 1940s, many movies have been shot in and around Silver Springs' main spring area including The Yearling starring Gregory Peck and Jane Wyman, Distant Drums with Gary Cooper, Underwater starring Jane Russell and Richard Egan, Blindfold with Rock Hudson and Claudia Cardinale, Never Say Never Again starring Sean Connery, and Smokey & The Bandit 3 with Jackie Gleason.  Military training films on jungle warfare have also been shot at the park.

When television became popular in the early '50s, Silver Springs continued as a location for national TV talk shows and adventure series including:  The Jack Paar Show, You Asked For It, I Spy, Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, SeaQuest and the soap opera One Life To Live.  Countless TV specials and commercials have also been shot at the park for numerous companies including The Discovery Channel, Mercury Motors, Johnson & Johnson, DuPont, and Dean Witter.

Ocala/Silver Springs  Filmography

Year Title Stars
1916 The Seven Swans Richard Barthelmess, Marguerite Clark
1926 It's the Old Army Game W.C. Fields, Louise Brooks
1932 Tarzan The Ape-Man Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan
1934 Tarzan and His Mate Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan
1936 Tarzan Escapes Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan
1939 Tarzan Finds a Son Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan
1941 Tarzan's Secret Treasure Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan
1941 Glimpses of Florida James A. FitzPatrick
1941 Moon over Miami Don Ameche, Betty Grable
1942 Tarzan's New York Adventure Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan
1943 Water Wisdom Pete Smith
1946 The Yearling Gregory Peck, Jane Wyman
1951 Barefoot Mailman Robert Cummings, Terry Moore
1951 Distant Drums Gary Cooper
1951 The Frogmen Richard Widmark, Dana Andrews
1953 Jivaro Fernando Lamas, Arlene Dahl
1954 Creature From The Black Lagoon Richard Carlson, Julia Adams
1955 Jupiter's Darling Esther Williams, Howard Keel
1955 Underwater Jane Russell, Richard Egan
1955 Rebel Without A Cause James Dean, Natalie Wood
1955 Revenge Of The Creature John Agar, Lori Nelson
1958 The Wild Women of Wongo Jean Hawkshaw, Mary Ann Webb
1958 Counterspy Don Megowan, Brad Johnson
1959 Don't Give Up The Ship Jerry Lewis
1965 Thunderball Sean Connery
1966 Blindfold Rock Hudson, Claudia Cardinale
1969 Sam Whiskey Burt Reynolds, Clint Walker
1971 Zaat Marshall Grauer, Wade Popwell
1974 99 and 44/100% Dead Richard Harris, Edmond O'Brien
1979 Moonraker Roger Moore
1983 Cross Creek Mary Steenburgen, Rip Torn
1983 Smokey & The Bandit 3 Jackie Gleason
1983 Never Say Never Again Sean Connery
1985 Legend Tom Cruise
1991 Doc Hollywood Michael J. Fox
2001 Jeepers Creepers Eileen Brennan
2005 Hoot Jimmy Buffet
2005 IMAX Film Louisiana Wetlands
2006 The Celestine Prophecy Jürgen Prochnow
2007 Swimming to the Moon Award-winning short film
2008 Down A Dark Road Award-winning short film
2013 Signal Lost 909

Television Shows and Commercials

Year Title Stars
1951-59 You Asked For It Art Baker
1958-61 Sea Hunt Lloyd Bridges
1950s The Arlene Francis Show Arlene Francis
1950s The Jack Paar Show Jack Paar
1960s Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom Marlin Perkins
1960s I Spy Bill Cosby, Robert Culp
1960s Make A Wish
1960s Night Creatures National Geographic
1960s One Life To Live
1960s Waterproof Band-Aid Commercial Johnson & Johnson
1960s Outboard Motors Commercial Mercury Motors
1960s Fishing Tackle Commercial DuPont
1970s Alien Animals of Florida
1979 240 Robert Mark Harmon
1980s Silk Industry Commercial
1994 SeaQuest Roy Scheider
1995 Beyond 2000 Discovery Channel
1996 Next Step Discovery Channel
1995 Financial Investments Commercial Dean Witter
1995 Coca-Cola Commercial
1996 Springs of North Florida National Geographic
1996 Aligators and Crocodiles National Geographic
1997 Big Cypress Gator Discovery Channel
1998 Ultimate Guide to Crocodiles Discovery Channel
1999 Crocodile Hunter (Steve Irwin) Discovery Channel
2001 Chewing Gum Commercial Wrigley's
2002 Ice Age Oasis Wild New World (BBC-TV)
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