OMPA Board Profile | Tawny Schlieski
If you’ve attended a VR-related event in Portland in recent years, there’s a pretty good chance Tawny Schlieski was a presenter. She’s the go-to if you want to totally nerd out about the possibilities AR and VR have to change the way we live, work, learn, and play.

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Our Annual Showcase is a celebration of Oregon's media production community. Save the date for an epic night of member work, industry updates, awards, and celebration. We invite you to contribute to the event by submitting the following:
  • Nominations for the 2020 Awards of Excellence: see awards categories
    • *NEW* Commitment to Good Award
    • *NEW* Creative Innovation Award
  • Your work from 2019 for the highlight reel: submission guidelines
  • Votes for the 2020 Board of Directors: nominee bios
  • In memoriam for community members we lost in 2019: send their name, their industry role, and a photo to
  • Volunteer! See all volunteer roles.
Website Updates
Directory Categories

We’ve accumulated a list of over 400 categories after talking with leaders in various areas. Please review this spreadsheet and let us know if you have suggested edits to the category structure or specialties included. 
Website Testers Wanted

Are you a power user of the directory? Want to be on the website test team and get a sneak peak? Reach out to Testing begins just after the holidays. 
Making a resolution to give back in 2020?
Become an OMPA volunteer! 

We're interested in writers, photographers, event staff and more. Check out the full list of roles and descriptions. Please use this application to apply
Member News

Our local industry has been snagging headlines lately with features in Oregon Business and on the PDX Executive Podcast. Hear from OMPA Executive Director Lisa Cicala and Oregon Film Executive Director Tim Williams on the state of the industry. 

Disney Timmy Failure to premiere at Sundance

Oregon-made Timmy Failure is set to premiere at Sundance Film Festival in the kids program. Congrats to all the local crew involved in creating the Disney feature! 

A round of applause to Aimee Lynn Barneburg who is one of two candidates chosen as the Independent Filmmakers Project’s 2020 Rotterdam Lab Fellows

NPR's favorite shows of 2019

Shrill and Documentary Now! Made the list of NPR’s Favorite TV Shows of 2019. Congrats to the many local professionals who worked on the two hit series!

Pop culture aficionado Andy Cohen gets animated in his upcoming series, The Andy Cohen Diaries. ShadowMachine co-founders Alex Bulkley and Corey Campodonico have signed on to produce. 

 Netflix documentary Fire in Paradise, produced by Gary Kout, shortlisted for an Oscar.

The Netflix documentary short, Fire in Paradise, produced by Gary Kout, has been shortlisted for an Oscar.

Academy-qualified Sole Doctor documentary now on Amazon Prime.

The Academy-qualifying documentary short Sole Doctor is now available on Amazon Prime. Editor Anthony Orkin and Sound Recordist Paul Dillon worked on the film.

Pro Photo Supply earned a shout-out in Willamette Week’s “Leaders of the Portland Commons” article, recognizing “exceptional Portland Businesses” that are giving back to the community in creative ways.

A sign commemorating the fishing trip scene in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest will be added to the Oregon Film Trail in Depoe Bay on Thursday.

Please welcome the newest members of OMPA: Maximilian Dichtl, Dan Evans, Tyler Maddox, Garreth Kenzitt, Huilyn Loo, Michael Ward, Nash Howe, Abraham Ross, Jacob Christensen, Bruce Bradbury, and John King. Thanks for your support! 
Join OMPA today!
OMPA Annual Sponsors
Thanks for helping us make Oregon a great place for media production professionals!
We see you, #ompamember!

@nosunrisewasted and @the_mike_vaughn just finished ADR with the legendary George Takei, who is narrating @whosontopdoc.  

You can use #ompamember to show us what you're up to behind-the-scenes, tell us about your next screening, or check out what your fellow members are doing.
Project Spotlight | MetroEast Virtual Tour

Take an immersive walk through MetroEast’s state-of-the-art space, including a sound stage, equipment rooms, editing booths and more.

Want us to feature your work? Become a member now! 

Event Spotlight | Pure Space NYE
Tuesday, December 31 | 9pm-2am | Pure Space

Miss having an OMPA Holiday Party? Come find us at the OMPA VIP Silver Lounge under the Mezzanine during the Pure Space New Year’s Eve Experience.

Close out the decade with amazing performances from aerialists, balance acts, dancers, and Blazers DJ O.G. One. Then ring in the new year with a confetti storm and balloon drop at midnight! 

Save 50% on admission* with code OMPA50 through midnight on December 24. 100% of our ticket proceeds go back to OMPA. 

*The 50% off code can be used on any ticket level, but OMPA staff will be in the reserved VIP Silver area.

More Info & Tickets
Connect with Our Community

Dec. 31

Pure Space NYE Experience

with an OMPA VIP Silver Lounge

Details Here

Save 50% with code OMPA50


Jan. 8

PDXWIT Presents: Get Hired Up

Details Here


Jan. 9

Portland Motion Designers

& Animators Meetup

Details Here

Jan. 15 

“Everyone Needs a Voice” with

Cinematographer Jacob Christensen

Details Here


Jan. 19 

Portland Film Community Night

Details Here


Jan. 27

OMPA Annual Showcase

Save the Date!


Jan. 30

PAF Extremely Happy Hour

Details Here

Things to Know
  • SourceOregon Listings: Don’t worry about renewing your listing until we launch the new website in early 2020. It will remain active online, and there is no 2020 print directory. You should still renew your membership as usual, or renew by December 31 to lock in current annual rates.

  • 2nd Tax Credit Auction: There will be a second OPIF Tax Credit Auction with approximately $400,000 in 2019 tax year credits available beginning at 9am on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 and run for 3 days only until 5pm on Friday, January 10, 2020. Learn more.

  • New AICP Bid Form: AICP released an updated and revised AICP Bid Form that fully integrates production and post production tasks and categories.

  • Current Productions: Download last week’s SAG-AFTRA Production Report to see what's shooting around the state.
  • Filmed By Bike on tour in Ashland: Jan. 9
  • Animation Show of Shows—Coos Bay: Jan. 10 & 11

Call for Entries

Opportunities & Grants
  • The Portland Circuit—April 2020: open now
  • *deadline extended* Emerging Screenwriters - Shoot Your Sizzle Screenplay Competition: final deadline Dec. 18
  • *deadline extended* MediaPost Creative Media Awards: extended to Dec. 20 
  • *closes soon* The Webby Awards: final entry deadline Dec. 20
  • *closes soon* Open Signal Labs’ 2020 Black Filmmaker Fellowship: applications due Dec. 20
  • Artists United Unified Field - “Climate & The Environment:” deadline Dec. 31
  • Oregon Dance Film Commission—filmmaker application: applications due Jan. 5
  • iTVS Documentary Development Fund: opens Jan. 6
  • NEH Media Projects: Development Grants: application due Jan. 8
  • NEH Media Projects: Production Grants: application due Jan. 8
  • American Documentary & Animation Film Festival & Fund: extended deadline Jan. 12
Rolling deadlines:
  • Film Independent–Sloan Distribution Grant: ongoing
  • Ford Foundation–JustFilms grant: ongoing
  • Impact Partners–Documentary Fund: ongoing
Workshops, Classes, & Webinars
  • Northwest Film Center—ARRI Alexa Camera Operation with Scott Ballard: Jan. 4
  • The Studio NW—Roadmap to Voice Over with Eric Martin Reid: Jan. 6
  • Northwest Film Center—Cinematic Lighting with Randolph Sellars: Jan. 9-12
  • Beginner Filmmaker class taught by Martin Vavra of The Visual Group: Jan. 18–Feb. 29
  • The Studio NW—Advanced Voice Over with Josh Millman: Feb. 3

OMPA is dedicated to strengthening Oregon's media production industry. We can't do this work without the support of our members. Join us today!

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