The Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO) is proud to join fellow film commissions, including the Oklahoma City Film & Creative Industries Office (OKCFCIO), Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts & Culture (Tulsa FMAC) and Cherokee Film Commission (CFC), at the 2023 American Film Market (AFM) in Santa Monica, Cali., October 31 – November 4.
“The across-the-board support for the film and television industry has never been greater in Oklahoma,” said Jeanette Stanton, Director of OF+MO. “From our state, city and tribal leadership to our community partners, education institutions and those in the private sector, each of us play a valuable role in contributing to the current successes of the film ecosystem in Oklahoma, and we’re thrilled to unite in showcasing that success and welcoming new business opportunities alongside our fellow film commissioners and others at this year’s AFM.”
The largest motion picture business market of its kind in North America with over $1 billion in distribution and film financing deals taking place, AFM is the most business-oriented motion picture event in the world, offering independent filmmakers and other attendees a direct connection to studios, production companies, distributors, film commissions and more. Collectively with OKFCIO, Tulsa FMAC and CFC, OF+MO will promote the state’s film and television industry via the “Film Oklahoma” Exhibition Office in Room 122 at the conference’s host hotel, Le Méridien Delfina Santa Monica.
“It has been a wonderful collaboration to join forces at AFM with our fellow film commissioners who share our vision of cultivating and building a thriving film industry across Oklahoma,” said Tava Maloy Sofsky, Director of CFC. “As we return as an official sponsor this year, we look forward to networking with industry leaders in the Los Angeles market while showcasing our expanding ecosystem here in the Cherokee Nation alongside our friends representing Tulsa, Oklahoma City and the state.”
With one of the most competitive film incentive markets in the nation, Oklahoma offers a variety of state, tribal and city incentives to the motion picture and television industry. These incentive programs along with statewide film friendly communities and diverse locations spanning over 12 different eco-regions make Oklahoma a formidable partner for the entertainment industry.
“Excitement about the film industry in Northeastern Oklahoma is building with huge projects like ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ and ‘Reservation Dogs’ making headlines every day, but it is critical for us to continue to grow and promote our state’s film ecosystem,” said Meg Gould, Executive Director of Tulsa FMAC. “Our joint presence at AFM this year is essential as it allows us to connect with and educate global film professionals on the benefits of filming in Oklahoma.”
“Our Oklahoma film office partners are poised and ready to meet with industry decision-makers at AFM this year,” said Jill Simpson, Executive Director of OKCFCIO. “There has never been more momentum in our state’s film sector than right now. In the past year, Oklahoma City has hosted the productions of ‘Tulsa King,’ and a soon-to-be-announced major studio summer 2024 blockbuster. I look forward to sharing with the industry our many resources to support productions both large and small.”
Registration remains open for attendees to purchase badges at various price points to attend this year’s AFM, which in addition to the market itself includes various industry panels at The AFM Sessions as well as a Global LocationEXPO highlighting production destinations across the world.
If you’re attending AFM, let OF+MO know by contacting the Incentive Specialist Amanda Roberts at Amanda.Roberts@OKCommerce.gov.
For more information on the American Film Market, visit americanfilmmarket.com.
About the Oklahoma Film + Music Office:
Under the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, the Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO) works to promote the state as a viable hub for film, television and music production as well as further develop opportunities for workforce, business and community growth within these sectors. For more information on the Oklahoma Film + Music Office, including the state’s film incentives and additional resources, visit okfilmmusic.org.