The Oklahoma Film + Music Office is hosting the first ever Oklahoma Film and Music Conference next week on November 14 & 15. The event will take place at Vast on the 50th floor of the Devon Tower and will feature two days of panels sessions, workshops, networking events, and exhibitions. The conference is open to anyone interested in the film and music industries. There is a nominal fee of $15 each day which can be paid on the website or at the event itself.
The Oklahoma Film and Music Conference is being held this year to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Film Commission. Since its founding, the OF+MO has grown into a reginal powerhouse, working actively with the state senate and legislature to provide an incentive package that attracts film and television productions to the state and provides full time equivalent jobs to film professionals across the state. Earlier this spring, the OF+MO became the first organization honored by the deadCenter Film Festival for their years of service growing the local film industry.
The conference is divided into multiple tracks so attendees can focus specifically on film, music, or the entertainment industry at large. From hands on production, to building a studio, to attracting productions to your hometown, there is something for everyone interested in film and music.
One the film side, Oklahoma’s diverse locations, skilled talent and growing infrastructure and incentives continue to attract more film productions to our state. More than 30 different feature films, television series and other productions have filmed in Oklahoma this calendar year alone, including the recent production of Amblin Partners/Participant Media’s Untitled Tom McCarthy Project starring Matt Damon. The producer of that film, Jonathan King, will kick off the conference with a keynote discussion on how Oklahoma is attracting more films and how the industry can continue to position itself as one of the country’s top filming destinations.
Other stand outs on the film side include Mastering the Short Pitch from Danny Manus, CEO of No BullScript Consulting, outlining all of the do’s and don’ts for pitching your film or television ideas; Hiring Union versus Nonunion Crews led by Laura King, Business Manager of I.A.T.S.E. Texas/Oklahoma Local #484, and Sean Lynch, Digital Cinema Instructor at Oklahoma City Community College; Legal and Monetary Troubles You Can Avoid led by Elizabeth Isaac, Registered Patent Attorney with Dunlap Codding, and Ed Skoch, Commercial Property and Casualty Insurance Broker; and, Getting Distribution featuring Anna Darrah, Director of Acquisitions for Spiritual Cinema Circle.
I will be moderating the final session about what is next for film and music in Oklahoma. That panel will include the following: Tava Sofsky, Director of the OF+MO; Abby Kurin, Director of the Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Art, and Culture; Richard Janes, Emmy Award winning Entrepreneur; and Jennifer Loren, Senior Manager of the Cherokee Nation Film Office. If you are curious about the future of film and music in Oklahoma, this conference is the place to be.