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Cherokee Nation Film Office
Resources for Freelancers, Artists, Filmmakers and Those in the
Film Industry Impacted by COVID-19

The film industry is adjusting to times beyond our control and the Cherokee Nation Film Office is aware of the immense impact COVID-19 has taken, which is why we're compiling resources for those affected. Check out the following to see what you might be able to utilize.
A Legal Guide For Producers on Your Rights & Obligations During the Pandemic 

Slamdance Film Festival is offering a series of free virtual legal clinics on how to protect yourself, your production, your employees and more during COVID-19.
Safety Tips for Filmmakers in Oklahoma from OKF+MO

As the state of Oklahoma works to reopen the economy, safety for all those in the filmmaking industry remains key. Read about the tips and resources available to the industry from our partners at Oklahoma Film + Music Office as we work to get through these times. 
The deadCenter Film Festival Will Continue as a Virtual Experience 

The state's largest film festival, sponsored by CNFO, celebrates its 20th anniversary this month with an online experience during the global pandemic. deadCenter will be extended to 10 days and 140 films. 

Find out how to take part. 
3rd Annual Native American Feature Film Writers Lab Is Accepting Applications

Launch your writing career at major film studios and production companies with this 10-week intensive scriptwriters program. Sponsored by CNFO, Native screenwriters will get all the tools needed to get their start. 

Learn how to apply below. 
Free Master Class Teaching Documentary Filmmaking

Learn to take your documentary idea and make it come to life with this FREE master class from Sundance. Roger Ross Williams will help you start the creative process.  
Stream Movies Made in Oklahoma

Film productions in Oklahoma have slowed or stopped but you can still watch a number of films shot in the state. Click below for a list of films shot in Oklahoma and the streaming services where you can find them offered.
Industry Spotlight

Join the growing film industry in Oklahoma! Learn about all the jobs you could take part in on a film set and increase the presence of Natives in every aspect of film and TV. From in front of the camera to behind the camera to the boardroom, find out what roles you can serve in. Here are a few jobs we’re highlighting this month: 

Prop Designer 
Sound Designer
Tulsa Filmmaker Selected To Be Mentored by Award-Winning Director

Local filmmaker Kyle Bell was selected through the Rolex Mentor & Protege Program to be mentored by Spike Lee for two years. Bell will receive feedback and advice on his current filmmaking projects. Read his Q&A and find out his advice for future filmmakers.
deadCenter Film Festival 
Sponsored by CNFO 
June 11-21, 2020
All-access passes and individual tickets available
All films, panels and classes are online
Will Rogers Motion Picture Film Festival
Sponsored by CNFO 
November 4-7, 2020
Now accepting film submissions; apply below
Franklin Castle
The possibilities are endless at this rustic yet austere stone castle and chapel nestled in Tahlequah. Find inspiration for your next film from the beauty that surrounds us in Oklahoma. Not what you expect, more than you can imagine. 
We're thinking of you and the film industry during this COVID-19 pandemic. We're in this together. Stay safe, friends.

"I know the filmmaking industry is being hit hard with the COVID-19 pandemic. I am certain we will come up with creative ways to get through this together, and CNFO is here for support. As every Oklahoman works to get through these trying times, we will remain calm and try to find some silver linings where we can. Film has always been, and will always be, a powerful tool in so many ways. We are looking forward to a bright future."

Jennifer Loren
Director of the Cherokee Nation Film Office

About the Cherokee Nation Film Office:
Established in 2019, the Cherokee Nation Film Office's mission is to increase the presence of Native Americans in every level of the film and television industries, while creating opportunities for economic development and jobs in the Cherokee Nation. 
Have a question for the Cherokee Nation Film Office? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page on our website. 
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