Oregon’s film and television production Industry prepares for expansion thanks to 67% increase in funds designed to recruit projects to Oregon – but first, a party with performance from Oregon blues legend Curtis Salgado.
“We throw our fundraiser for OMPA and the Media Arts Education scholarships every year at this time. This turns out to be a particularly good year to celebrate,” says Tom McFadden, Executive Director of the Oregon Media Production Association (OMPA), a group which lobbied for the expansion.
“Our success was hard won,” says Nathaniel Applefield, Government Affairs chair for the OMPA board. “This is the culmination of grassroots efforts to educate elected leaders on the benefits that media production bring to our state, which are immediate jobs with immediate, positive economic impacts for Oregonians.”
The expansion of the Oregon Production Investment Fund (OPIF) also includes the addition of incentives for video games and post-production. A portion of the fund is dedicated specifically to smaller-budget Oregon independent producers, so the fund is not exclusively for big-budget projects from out of state.
Everyone who supports industry development is invited to the event hosted by OMPA and a number of industry sponsors. Details at www.ompaclassic.com.