Cherokee Nation announce new film commissioner

Tava Maloy Sofsky previously served as director of the Oklahoma Film + Music Office

By Priyanca Rajput 10 Oct 2022

Cherokee Nation announce new film commissioner
Tava Maloy Sofsky. Credit: Cherokee Film Office

Cherokee Nation has announced Tava Maloy Sofsky as the tribe’s new film commissioner.

Sofsky will act both as the film commissioner for the Cherokee Nation and as the tribe’s film office director.

She will also oversee the Cherokee Film Incentive, among other initiatives within the tribal film office.

“Tava is among the top film commissioners in the world,” said Jennifer Loren, director of Cherokee Nation Film and Original Content. “The fact that she is a Cherokee Nation citizen who has stood at the forefront of this industry further demonstrates the true breadth of talent inside Indian Country. We are excited for Tava to join us as we continue to grow and diversify the film and television industry in Oklahoma.”

Previously, Sofsky served as director of the Oklahoma Film + Music Office, where she oversaw Oklahoma’s $30m annual film incentive program and helped expand the state’s talent, crew base and infrastructure.

“It is an honor to be selected for this position working with Jennifer Loren, which leads me to imagine endless possibilities we can accomplish together with our expanding team,” said Sofsky. “We are living in unprecedented times when the global motion picture industry is experiencing an increased demand for leading technology and diverse content. This coupled with CNFO’s innovation and vision to create more opportunities for natives within the industry is ground-breaking.”

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