The Oklahoma Department of Commerce (Commerce) and Oklahoma Film & Music Office (OF+MO) honored Senator Chuck Hall for his work supporting and growing Oklahoma’s film industry through of SB 608 which created the “Filmed in Oklahoma Act of 2021”. Senator Hall co-authored SB 608 alongside Rep. Scott Fetgatter.
“The ‘Filmed in Oklahoma Act of 2021’ helps us usher in a new era for Oklahoma’s film and television industry,” said Brent Kisling, Commerce Executive Director. “We applaud Senator Hall’s leadership in helping us realize the potential that exists in creating new jobs and investment in our state through film and television production.”
Oklahoma’s film and television industry has seen back-to-back successes and historic firsts in recent years, supporting both local and independent filmmakers as well as major films and TV series from studios such as A24, Apple Studios, Lionsgate , Amblin Entertainment and FX. / Disney. Over the past decade, the Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO), which now administers the state’s movie incentive program under the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, reports that the he state’s film and television industry has generated positive economic impact in 125 cities in more than 50 counties statewide and created more than 20,000 local career opportunities.
“Since we began accepting applications for this incentive in August, we have received 81 applications for productions,” said Tava Maloy Sofsky, Director OF+MO. “There is incredible growth potential for the film and music industries. We expect to see continued interest from productions as well as further investment in infrastructure and the creation of new permanent jobs.
As authorized by Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt, SB 608 established the ‘Filmed in Oklahoma Act of 2021,’ further increasing the state’s total film incentive cap and eligibility threshold to host major films and television series. The program offers a base discount of up to 20% to qualifying film and television productions working in Oklahoma. Additionally, the “Filmed in Oklahoma Act of 2021” offers enhancements for filming in rural municipalities/counties, qualified sound stages, post-production/music services, and television pilots/seasons. Eligible productions must have a minimum budget of at least $50,000 to be eligible.
For more information on Oklahoma’s film infrastructure, workforce, and other resources, including the discount portal application, visit okfilmmusic.org.
About the Oklahoma Film + Music Office: Under the umbrella of 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 to further develop opportunities for workforce, business and community growth in these sectors. . For more information about the Oklahoma Film + Music Office, including state film incentives and additional resources, visit okfilmmusic.org.
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