Film Commissioner, Filmmaker, Traveler, Buckeye​

Tony Armer


Tony Armer is the Film Commissioner for St. Petersburg Clearwater (Pinellas County), FL.  He is an Award Winning Filmmaker.  He is the Co-founder and Former Executive Director of the Sunscreen Film Festival.  Producer, Director, Speaker, Traveler, Photography dabbler and some other adjectives we can’t say here.  Tony has developed, produced and directed top level award winning film, TV and media content over the years.  Concept development, writing, pitching, financing, production, sales and distribution.


I travel, a lot it feels like sometimes. For work and pleasure my adventures span the globe.  I’ve shot a documentary on a tiny island in the Indian Ocean, attended the biggest film festival and tradeshow in the world in France and snowboard every year in the Swiss Alps.  Here’s a few select photographs I took.  I’m not a spectacular photographer but I enjoy it.  I’m using a Sony a7sii as my main camera or just my iPhone if that’s all I have with me.  You’ll see way too many pictures of my dog if you follow me on Instagram.


Some of my favorite projects I’ve done.  Portrait of a Superhero; this short documentary is winning awards and playing film festivals all over the world.

Bernie the Dolphin and now the sequel Bernie the Dolphin 2.  Lionsgate released this in theaters December 2018 and it’s being distributed in over 130 countries.

Running with Demons, this feature documentary won awards at multiple film festivals and is available on iTunes and other VOD platforms.

Events and More


  • I'm sure it's getting old for everyone to keep seeing posts about #PortraitOfASuperhero. But it's still amazing to me that this little film that cost no money, that I made on a whim, is not just playing film fests around the world, but winning awards too.  Just won the Audience award at the #ButeStreetFilmFestival in England yesterday. 
That makes close to 20 film fests and 6 awards.

And coming up in 2 weeks it will be playing at the Sarasota Film Festival, which has widely been regarded as one of the top fests in the Country.  Crazy.  But I'll take it!
  • Superhero and I just wrapped a fun Skype Q&A with the #ButeStreetFilmFestival in England for the screening of my documentary #PortraitOfASuperhero. Wish we could have been there in person for the screening but modern technology is great! (Ignore the messy office).
  • Ah nothing like playing with Tribble to relax the brain and unwind after a long day #HappyPuppy #fluffydog #dogsofinstagram
  • Hmmm how soon can I go back to #Switzerland? #Matterhorn @zermatt.matterhorn thx for taking the cool pic @mikeb4129 #HappyPlace @adlerhitta
  • ‪The perfect excuse for #Cops to show up @dunkindonuts #DrunkinDonuts #Police #Donuts‬
  • #Matterhorn and more Matterhorn can’t take enough pics of that big rock. @zermatt.matterhorn sad to see the trip end! Might be back real soon 😀 #switzerland #swissholiday @mikeb4129 @csjones12345
  • #Matterhorn #reflection picture one of my favorite pics from this trip so far. #zermatt @zermatt.matterhorn @csjones12345 @mikeb4129
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