Cherokee Nation offering film incentive program

This location near West Siloam Springs along the border with Arkansas is featured on the Cherokee Nation Film Office website as one site the reservation has to offer filmmakers. (Courtesy photo/Cherokee Nation) Cherokee Nation officials announced Tuesday a new film incentive program that will provide up to $1 million annually for productions filmed within the tribe’s 14-county reservation.

“Film and television production is one of the most promising and rapidly growing industries in Oklahoma, and Cherokee Nation is determined to continue championing that growth,” Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said during the virtual announcement.

The Cherokee Nation Film Incentive will support the industry while addressing the need for diversity and inclusion and accurate representation of Native identity within productions, Hoskin said.

The incentive program offers cash rebates for qualified production expenses to encourage the production of film and television projects within the boundaries of the Cherokee Nation. The incentive also offers increased funding for filmmakers who hire Native American citizens and contract with Native-owned businesses. Rebates for employing non-Native local residents also are available.

“There are substantial benefits in launching this powerful economic tool within the Cherokee Nation Reservation. In addition to expanding career opportunities for Indigenous filmmakers, producers, directors, actors and behind-the-scenes crew members, this new incentive program reinforces Cherokee Nation’s commitment to creating quality jobs and supporting small, family-owned businesses within our tribal communities,” Hoskin said.

The tribe’s film office will begin accepting applications for the film incentive March 1. Prequalified productions filming anywhere within Cherokee Nation’s 7,000 square miles of northeast […]

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