MovieMaker names Tulsa a Greatest Locations to Stay, Work, Arts and Leisure listing

TULSA – Tulsa was named “Best Places to Live and Work as a Filmmaker in 2021” by MovieMaker, according to the Tulsa Bureau of Film, Music, Arts and Culture, a division of Tulsa’s regional tourism.

“We are excited about this news. Tulsa FMAC is committed to promoting Tulsa as a film destination. The inclusion on this MovieMaker list broadly confirms this status, ”said Abby Kurin, General Manager of Tulsa FMAC. “We are grateful to all of the talented filmmakers and film crews who call Tulsa home and look forward to continuing to support all producers who select Tulsa for their next project.”

MovieMaker determined the winners based on surveys, research on tax incentives and recent productions, and personal visits to most of the locations on the list, as well as the best information available on how they are dealing with the pandemic.

“This was obviously a very different year for our annual list of the best places to live and work as a filmmaker – it is a time of incredible upheaval, but also an opportunity. Many in the film and television industries are trying to change the way they live and many cities are in All over the country are welcoming these storytellers with open arms, “said Tim Molloy, Editor-in-Chief of MovieMaker.” Last year we moved Los Angeles and New York City to our Hall of Fame that their place in filmmaking was so certain that we had room for emerging communities Little did we know how much LA and New York would suffer in the coming months. But their discipline and resilience will strengthen them in 2021 and beyond as they lead films into an era of innovation and invention. “

Tulsa was listed as the seventh of the “small towns and cities”. The rest of the list from above are: New Orleans, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Pittsburgh; Savannah, Georgia; Victoria, British Columbia; Providence, Rhode Island; Richmanod, Virginia; Wilmington, North Carolina; and Ashland, Oregon.

At the top of the list of “cities” are Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Chicago and Vancouver.

For the full list of the best places to live and work as a filmmaker in 2021 and more information, visit

Tulsa FMAC is the only urban film commission accredited by the Association of Film Commissioners International, having collaborated with 11 productions in 2017, 20 productions in 2018, 32 productions in 2019 and 25 productions in 2020.

One of the highlights of the partners is the Tulsa-filmed feature film “Minari,” which was included in the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and won top awards in the dramatic film competition: Best Picture and Audience Favorite. Tulsa filmmaker and Sundance Film Festival alum Sterlin Harjo continues to film projects in the Tulsa area and recently filmed his FX pilot, Reservation Dogs, which was recorded for a full season.

MovieMaker is dedicated to the art and craft of making films. The list of the best places to live and work as a filmmaker in 2021 appears in the Winter 2020 issue with a cover story about Regina King and her directorial debut “One Night in Miami”. The issue will be available at the kiosk on February 2nd.

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