The Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO) is proud to be a returning sponsor of the Tulsa American Film Festival (TAFFest) which will host its second year with films and events from October 12-16, 2016. TAFFest aims to showcase independent short and feature-length films from across the United States while highlighting Native American, Latino, Oklahoma and student filmmakers. The festival will also feature a classic Oklahoma-centric film retrospective as well as educational panels, networking receptions and parties.
The festival recently announced their schedule of films for the event with several Oklahoma films slated to screen, among which titles include “Te Ata”, “Electric Nostalgia” and “O, Brother!”.
“Our inaugural festival was very well received by the City of Tulsa and the Oklahoma film community last year,” said TAFFest Founder and Director Ben Arredondo. “We are thrilled to be coming back for our 2nd Annual Film Festival. The festival is bigger, better and beyond expectations this year, in part due to the support and commitment of organizations like the Oklahoma Film + Music Office.”
OF+MO will be a presenting sponsor of many of the festival’s events on Friday, October 14, beginning with a live reading of the scripts from the four finalists in the short film screenplay competition. This free event will be directed by the University of Tulsa’s Michael Wright and feature performances by local Tulsa actors who will announce the winner of the contest at the event to be held at Circle Cinema at 1:00 p.m.
OF+MO will also serve as the presenting sponsor for Friday nights selection of feature films which include Oklahoma-based film “Electric Nostalgia” as well as “Best and Most Beautiful Things”.
Hosted by OF+MO, the festival’s official Friday Night After Party will be held in the historic Kendall-Whittier District at Pancho Anaya on October 14 from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. OF+MO hosted an open call for musicians to perform at this event, and the festival has selected Nick Williams and Fiawna Forté to perform.
“TAFFest is poised to return in its second year in a big way,” said OF+MO Director Tava Maloy Sofsky. “We applaud the festival’s programming and support of independent filmmakers, especially those diverse voices right here in Oklahoma. We look forward to an increased presence at this year’s events to connect, support and promote our film and music makers.”
TAFFest events and screenings will take place at Circle Cinema, Gilcrease Museum of Art and the Woody Guthrie Center. Tickets and limited V.I.P. passes are now on sale. For the film festival’s weekend schedule, including screenings and ticket links, please visit TAFFest. Follow OF+MO on Facebook and stay tuned for a chance to win two all-access passes to TAFFest! Winner will be chosen Tuesday, October 11.
About the Oklahoma Film + Music Office:
Created in 1979, The Oklahoma Film + Music Office 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 www.okfilmmusic.org.