Beginning March 1, 2022, the Cherokee Nation Film Office will begin accepting applications for a new cash rebate incentive fund offering up to $1 million annually for production expenses occurring within the boundaries of the Cherokee Nation.
The rebate will cover expenses for both production expenses and wages. Detailed information on the program will be released in the near future.
The Cherokee Nation is located in Northeast Oklahoma covering 7,000 square miles over 14 counties offering a variety of looks from the big city to rural towns to rivers, dams, and five distinct ecoregions.
This incentive is available on its own or could be used in conjunction with the state of Oklahoma’s incentive program, but each requires its own separate application processes. The Film in Oklahoma Act of 2021, administered by the Oklahoma Film & Music Office, offers producers a cash rebate of 20% base up to 30% with varying uplifts. Oklahoma Resident Labor is rebatable at 30%, regardless of qualified uplifts.
The mission of the Cherokee Nation Film Office 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.
A list of Federally Recognized Tribes can be found here.