Levi Vincent A.
President & CEO
Greater Palm Springs Film Alliance & Film Office
Palm Springs’ storied association with Hollywood had little impact on the region’s ability to attract film and television production until Levi Vincent reimagined the area’s film industry in 2015. Since then, annual film revenue has increased over 134% and the Greater Palm Springs area is now one of the most popular production locations in Southern California, outside of Los Angeles.
The Greater Palm Springs Film Alliance & Film Office (GPSFO) facilitates film permits, scouts; lists locations, promotes crew, features specialty vendors, and helps productions find affordable hotel accommodations. In 2016, Levi introduced a casting division to the company’s website, which allows talent from the community to self-represent and connect directly with producers – unique among Film Office websites in California. Levi also maintains a full-service production company specifically designed to help International filmmakers meet local and state requirements, as co-producer.
In 2009, his short story animated films caught the attention of Sony Pictures Entertainment. This led to a contract naming him as the “first community-born developer” to create and publish digital merchandise that enhances a gamer’s virtual world experience on the Sony PlayStation Network, where over 30 million gamers socialize. Levi’s monetizing innovations, such as product placement and upselling within games, are now commonplace revenue streams in the video game industry. His company also produced original films and music for broadcast on the PlayStation platform. In 2010 his production “Aliens vs. Androids Fight for Freedom” won Best Picture from Loot Interactive. Many of the characters he created took on a life of their own and became Brand Influencers.
Levi’s charismatic leadership has inspired many to cultivate talents they never thought they had. Seeing the need to expand the local workforce to meet the growing demand for production talent, Levi introduced the semiannual Young Filmmaker’s Studio in 2018, giving multiple busloads of high school students hands-on experience at the Coachella Movie Ranch. Many of these young enthusiasts go on to find jobs on local film and photo productions.
Levi has received numerous accolades in recent years; he has won the prestigious SBEMP Award for Entrepreneurship, earned a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for Business Achievements, a Certificate of Recognition for Entrepreneurship from the California Legislature and he was a Semi-Finalist in Emerging Platforms for the Inland Empire Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards.
Levi currently volunteers his time with the Arts, Media & Entertainment Council, Desert Sands Unified School District Advisory Council, Desert Screenwriter’s Guild and Palm Springs Women in Film & Television.