The Oklahoma Film + Music Office to Participate at International Christian Visual Media Storytellers Virtual Event

The Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO) is proud to participate at the International Christian Visual Media (ICVM) Storytellers Virtual Event November 19-21, 2020.

For 45 years, ICVM’s community of writers, directors, producers, performers and distributors have championed the work of industry members who make a difference through film, television and multiple media formats with spiritual emphasis. ICVM’s annual conference draws faith-based content creators from around the world for a multi-day event featuring film screenings, pitch-a-thons, seminars, networking opportunities, the prestigious Crown Awards and more. Though it will be held online this year, the ICVM Storytellers Virtual Event will continue to engage audiences offering fully interactive events and unprecedented access never before experienced.

OF+MO Director Tava Maloy Sofsky will be a featured guest at ICVM’s seminar “Funding Via Incentives” Saturday, November 21, at 12:00 p.m., hosted by former Florida State Film Commissioner Paul Sirmons, who has experienced Oklahoma’s film industry firsthand having previously produced “Te Ata” and “The Chickasaw Rancher” for The Chickasaw Nation as well as line produced the faith-based film “Home Run”. Sosky will join Sirmons for a discussion of Oklahoma’s film incentives and how faith-based films and documentaries can maximize their budgets through such programs.

Oklahoma is no stranger to the faith-based film market as the state has welcomed a number of productions in this genre, including “The Beverlys” (Pure Flix), “Unplanned” (Pure Flix), “Home Run” (Impact Productions/Samuel Goldwyn Films), “A Christmas Snow” (Trost Moving Pictures) and most notably, the Erwin Bros. “I Can Only Imagine” (Lionsgate), which when released theatrically in 2018 became the third highest grossing music biopic in history at the time. Presently, Oklahoma is poised to host additional films from the Erwin Bros. under their newly formed Kingdom Story Company in partnership with Lionsgate.

“OF+MO looks forward to promoting the state’s film and television industry at the ICVM Storytellers Virtual Conference,” said Sofsky. “Oklahoma’s camera ready workforce, growing infrastructure and diverse locations have helped productions of all genres and types maximize their bottom line, and within this specific market of filmmaking, producers have found additional support through the faith-based community and network that exists in our state.”

For more information on the ICVM Storytellers Virtual Conference, and to register, visit storytellers.icvm.com.

For more information on Oklahoma’s film industry and incentive program, visit okfilmmusic.org.

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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, visit okfilmmusic.org.

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