MovieMaker Magazine has released its annual list of the “Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker” with Oklahoma City ranking among the nation’s top fifteen big cities for film production in North America in 2018.
The publication ranks each city on the list based on a number of criteria, including film incentives offered by the city and/or state, the number of film productions in the last twelve months, the amount of film infrastructure and other statistical data related to the city’s local economy, geography and culture.
The Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO) administers the state’s film incentive program that offers qualified film productions a 35-37% cash rebate for monies spent on local services and goods. A number of productions that have utilized the program filmed throughout the state with Oklahoma City helping set the scene for eight feature films last year, including the upcoming releases “I Can Only Imagine”, “The Chickasaw Rancher” , “The Jurassic Games” and “Whaling”, to name a few.
In addition to highlighting the state’s rebate program, MovieMaker Magazine praises Oklahoma City’s continued momentum and infrastructure noting the continued growth of the deadCENTER Film Festival as well as Circle Cinema’s expansion from Tulsa to Oklahoma City’s Stockyard District with the opening of Rodeo Cinema later this year.
“We’re honored that MovieMaker Magazine has named Oklahoma City one of the nation’s top filming destinations in North America,” said OF+MO Director Tava Maloy Sofsky. “Oklahoma City continues to grow and flourish providing new opportunities for filmmakers. Our industry takes pride in showcasing genuine talent, hard-working crews, diverse locations and a film-friendly attitude that you’re sure to find not only in Oklahoma City, but among all of our communites and colleagues statewide.”
Read more about Oklahoma’s film industry at moviemaker.com and when the 2018 Winter Issue of MovieMaker Magazine hits newsstands on February 6.
For more information about filming in Oklahoma, please visit okfilmmusic.org.
About Oklahoma Film + Music Office
Created in 1979, The Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO) strives to share all that Oklahoma has to offer by welcoming filmmakers and music professionals to the state and by creating a network of support to develop Oklahoma’s film and music industries. For more information about the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program or the Oklahoma Film + Music Office please visit okfilmmusic.org.