Cherokee Nation Has Announced $1 Million Incentive to Bring in New Film and TV Projects

Credit: Cherokee Nation Film Office
Indigenous representation in front of and behind the camera matters. 

The Cherokee Nation has announced a $1 million incentive geared toward bringing in film and television productions. They'll also bring more money into the nation's communities. There are tons of locations and experts available to every project that wants to gather additional funds,

Applications for the new film incentive will open on March 1, 2022, and you can apply through the Cherokee Nation Film Office

There's a yearly cap on the incentive at $1 million. There's also a base 20% cash rebate on production costs rather than a tax rebate.

So how do you qualify? A production’s spending must take place within the boundaries of the Cherokee Nation, which is located in Northeastern Oklahoma. The state of Oklahoma has one of the top state film incentives in the country, offering projects filmed in the state a rebate of up to 38% on qualified labor, goods, and services.

You can use the Cherokee Nation Film Incentive in addition to the Oklahoma State film incentive or alone. But each incentive has its own rules that are different. 

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said in a statement, “Since establishing our film office, we’ve worked diligently alongside our state and local partners to help grow the film and television industries in Oklahoma. There are substantial benefits in launching this powerful economic tool within the Cherokee Nation Reservation. In addition to expanding career opportunities for Indigenous filmmakers, producers, directors, actors and behind-the-scenes crew members, this new incentive program reinforces Cherokee Nation’s commitment to creating quality jobs and supporting small, family-owned businesses within our tribal communities.” 

For more information about the Cherokee Nation Film Office, visit cherokee.film or email the office

Additional details regarding the Cherokee Nation Film Incentive will be available soon here.     

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