Oklahoma Film Friendly Community Program
A division of the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, the Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO) first implemented its Oklahoma Film Friendly Community Program in 2010 hosting statewide workshops across all Tourism Countries to educate and assist communities with readying themselves for incoming film and television productions. These workshops have proven to be successful in providing information on best practices when working with film and television productions as well as identifying Oklahoma communities who are eager to recruit such business to their areas.
While we’re proud to continue offering our educational workshops throughout the state, our new Oklahoma Film Friendly Community certification program will help communities develop the necessary permits and protocol to address film and television production in their areas. It is our goal to establish certified Film Friendly communities in all 77 Oklahoma counties that can assist film and television production companies on a local level, so that everyone who chooses may be represented in this booming industry. As such, these certified communities will work with OF+MO and their city leadership to establish a designated film liaison in their areas, as well as infrastructure and permits, which will better serve their areas and the film industry for years to come.
Those interested in receiving official designation from OF+MO as a certified Oklahoma Film Friendly Community may apply by contacting the office after reviewing the requirements detailed in the below handbook.
Interested parties can also request a Film Friendly workshop by contacting Yousef Kazemi, Outreach + Production Manager, at Yousef.Kazemi@TravelOK.com.
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Have you taken OF+MO’s community survey? Film and television production can often bring valuable economic impact and marketing visibility when filming on-location, and we would love for your community to be represented as we move forward in expanding our Film Friendly page to highlight all statewide communities.
The importance of having your community’s locations represented in the Oklahoma Locations Directory is essential to becoming a certified Oklahoma Film Friendly Community and marketing your area as a viable option for film and television production in the state. If you’re ready to upload your locations in your area, click the link below to create your location profile and directly upload your photos to the Oklahoma Locations Directory.
Having a film permit will help bring crucial infrastructure and process to your city, which will better serve your community as Oklahoma’s film and television industry continues to grow. For example, larger film productions may wish to close a street a certain time, change signage on buildings or bring a large number of production vehicles or extras to a city business or residential area. This may require additional permissions from the police or fire chief, city manager or parks department. Smaller productions such as docu-series may simply want to get b-roll (scenic imagery) of your downtown or parks without interrupting day-to-day activities.
A locations permit will not only provide a method to record all logistical intake information, but also additional details related to production insurance, location fees (if applicable) and more. In some cases, a production may also have a locations agreement in which they want a representative from the city to sign-off/authenticate. This is industry standard and should be reviewed by the city’s legal department before signing. Click here for example of a location permit.
Location contracts explaining the details of the shoot, including the agreed-upon location fees, liability insurance (covered by production) and how damage will be addressed should any occur (a rarity, but important to note as should be covered by production), are entered into by the location’s manager or film producer and the property owner. In some cases, a locations contract may need to be approved by your community or city leadership.