Oklahoma Film + Music Office to receive deadCenter Film Festival Oklahoma Film Icon Award
The Oklahoma Film + Music Office has been named one of the recipients of this year’s deadCenter Film Festival Oklahoma Film Icon Awards.
Each year, the Oklahoma City film festival presents its Oklahoma Film Icon Awards to Oklahomans whose success in the film and entertainment industry has elevated the global perception of the state in film around the world, according to a news release.
With this honor, the Oklahoma Film + Music Office joins a distinguished list of previous honorees, including Bob Berney, Gray Frederickson, James Marsden, Alfre Woodard and Tim Blake Nelson.
“We are so excited to honor the OF+MO with our 2019 Oklahoma Film ICON Award,” said Lance McDaniel, executive director of deadCenter, in a statement. “They are the main reason we have a thriving film industry in Oklahoma. Their outstanding staff, rebate program, production directory, location database and networking events have put Oklahoma on the map as a key destination for movie and television productions, resulting in $100 million spent in Oklahoma over the past decade."
The Oklahoma Film + Music Office, which celebrates its 40th anniversary as an official state agency this year, has been investing in the film industry since its inception in 1979 and has a rich legacy of nurturing film and television that includes “The Grapes of Wrath,” “The Outsiders,” “Rumble Fish,” “Twister,” “Rudderless,” “Te Ata,” “American Gods,” “I Can Only Imagine,” “Wildlife,” “The Jurassic Games” and many more. Tasked with promoting the state’s film and music industries, the Oklahoma Film + Music Office administers the state’s film incentive program, which has brought a number of highly successful productions to Oklahoma, including many of the aforementioned films as well as three of this year’s deadCenter selections: “Hosea” “The Bygone” and “Trolls Stop Motion.”
“On behalf of the entire OF+MO staff as well as both our past and present commissioners and colleagues, we’re honored to receive this recognition from the deadCenter Film Festival,” said OF+MO Director Tava Maloy Sofsky in a statement. “It has been an honor for our agency to serve the film industry for four decades, and we’re proud to be a driving force among many, including deadCenter, that have positively impacted the growth of the film industry and culture in the State of Oklahoma.”
The deadCenter Film Festival will celebrate the Oklahoma Film + Music Office’s 40th anniversary and Icon achievement at the festival’s annual kick-off party at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Oklahoma Governor’s Mansiom. This year’s event theme is the nautically titled “Yacht Rock” and will feature breezy music, delicious food and beverages and a variety of live performances from musicians and dance artists. Tickets may be purchased at deadcenter.org.
deadCenter is Oklahoma’s largest film festival and has been named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s Top 20 Coolest Film Festival in the World. Last year’s event attracted over 33,000 attendees generating an economic impact of $5.3 million.
The 19th annual deadCenter Film Festival is scheduled for June 6-9 at five locations in downtown Oklahoma City. As previously reported, organizers have selected about 140 films for festival, including more than 20 feature-length movies, 100-plus short films and 10 Virtual Reality 360 films. More than 1,500 films were considered for the 2019 festival.
Additional Oklahoma Film Icon Award winners will be announced closer to next month's festival.
For the complete schedule, and to purchase kick-off tickets and festival passes, go to deadcenter.org.
For more information about the Oklahoma Film + Music Office or the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program, go to okfilmmusic.org.