The Cherokee Nation Film Office (CNFO) is making history with its film incentive program that will provide up to $1 million in annual funding for productions filmed within the Cherokee Nation’s 14-county reservation.

The first of its kind, The Cherokee Nation Film Incentive aims to expand career opportunities for Indigenous filmmakers, producers, directors, actors, and behind-the-scenes crew members. This holistic approach reinforces Cherokee Nation’s commitment to creating quality jobs and supporting small, family-owned businesses within their tribal community.

Beginning March 1, CNFO will begin accepting applications for the cash rebate incentive fund. The rebate will cover expenses for both production and wages. Prequalified productions filming anywhere within Cherokee Nation’s 7,000 square miles of northeast Oklahoma are eligible for the rebate incentive. 

Jennifer Loren, director of Cherokee Nation Film Office and Original Content said: “Encouraging productions to film within Cherokee Nation’s many vast and beautiful locations, as well as to hire Indigenous people and utilize Native-owned businesses, offers an immense amount of opportunity for tribal citizens, families and businesses to benefit from the rapid growth of these industries within our state.”

Launched in 2019, the Cherokee Nation Film Office is the first certified Native American film commission to open in the United States. For more information about CNFO visit or email 

For more details regarding the Cherokee Nation Film Incentive use this link.