More content is being consumed than ever before, and entertainment productions are looking for places to film and the crew to make it happen. There is a place for YOU in film, whether it’s in front of the camera, behind the camera, in the boardroom, building sets, handling payroll and accounting, costuming, and more. While all levels of experience are needed, if you are looking to gain educational opportunities to advance your film career even more, CNFO is happy to provide scholarships to further your education.


“Set-Ready” Production Assitant:

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CNFO Sponsored Dec. 4-12, 2021

🛑 All Scholarship recipients have been selected! Congratulations to our 12 participants! If you are a citizen of a federally recognized tribe, you can still attend the class at a discounted rate! Email to find out more!

The Cherokee Nation Film Office is excited to host OFTA for a “Set-Ready Production Assistant” intensive workshop at the Cherokee Nation COVID Response Sound Stage in Owasso, Oklahoma! This four-day course is given by industry professionals and designed to give participants the information needed to be hirable on a film or television production set. “Set-Ready” is designed for participants of all levels of knowledge, but applicants must be 18 years or older on the first day of the course (Dec. 4).
The cost of the class is $1,200 per student but the Cherokee Nation Film Office is offering 12 FULLY PAID SCHOLARSHIPS to Cherokee Citizens and members of other federally recognized tribes. To apply for the scholarship please email with the workshop title in the subject line and include your full name, phone number, a copy of your CDIB or tribal citizenship card (we won’t share your information!) and preferred email address. Space is limited, so apply today!

FILM CREW 101 CERTIFICATE – Applications Closed, Stay Tuned for More

If you have applied for a scholarship, CNFO will be sending you an email with more information to the email you have provided. For other inquiries, please reach out to

Learn the aspects of the film industry and show potential employers you understand all the roles on a film set and what is required from each with the Film Crew 101 certification. Enrollment in Film Crew 101 allows a student to listen to the Film Crew 101 Podcast series that pulls back the curtain on all the different roles that go into making a film or TV show from Gaffer’s to Best Boy’s and First Assistant Director’s to Second Second Assistant Director’s.

Film Crew 101 Certification is a pre-requisite for attending any of the Oklahoma Film & TV Academy’s short courses for continued education.

Check out the Film Crew 101 Podcast Trailer Below


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OSU-Tulsa Center for Poets and Writers: Writing for the Screen Workshop (Sept./Oct. 2020)

Writing for the Screen” is a multi-week workshop taught by Zach Litwack that introduces students to the basics of writing a 5-8 page screenplay. Students will learn the building blocks of screenplay formatting, dramatic structure, character development, and the keys to making a thematic impact on an audience. Students will workshop their ideas with the class and receive verbal and written feedback on multiple drafts of their work. Screenwriters from all experience levels are welcome to attend and are encouraged to come to the class with three short screenplay ideas. Access to a computer with word-processing software or screenwriting software is recommended.

Congrats to the CNFO Scholarship Recipients:

Brooks Ryan Pollard (Cherokee Nation)
Brad Chaser (Cherokee Nation)
Natalie Armstrong (Cherokee Nation)
Tommy Partain (Cherokee Nation)
Sharla Davis (Cherokee Nation)
Raelie Noel Grayson (UKB)
Rhiannon Kashay Ross (Moore) (Cherokee Nation)
Amanda Joy Hennen (Cherokee Nation)

OSU-Tulsa Center for Poets and Writers: Motion Picture Storytelling Workshop (Aug/Sept. 2020)

Everyone has a story to tell, and everyone has access to a camera. This workshop will introduce the process of learning to tell a story with limited tools to preserve, inspire, or share our stories with one another. Taught by Tvli Jacob

Congrats to the CNFO Scholarship Recipients:

Lea McCormick (Muscogee (Creek) Nation
Candice Victoria Byrd (Cherokee Nation)
Lisa Rutherford (Cherokee Nation)
Tommy Partain (Cherokee Nation)
Trista Irene Nicole Vaughn (UKB)