Event Recap | Lights, Camera, Real Action
Recently, we welcomed roughly 200 community members to join us at Wieden+Kennedy for a conversation with several seasoned pros from underrepresented groups. Our goal was to open a dialogue, create a deeper understanding of the challenges each faces, and provide real actions people can take to help reshape what the industry looks like. READ MORE 
Panelists, from top down: Maribel De Leon, Eva Moss, Jerry Bell Jr., Fran Bittakis, and Adolfo Cantú-Villarreal share their experiences. Photo by Pedro Valdez Jr.
We're excited to share more details about the big changes coming to OMPA in the next few months. First, we will finally eliminate the confusion between listings and membership by making them synonymous. We're also thrilled to be developing a brand new website/online directory to better serve as a central hub for industry information. 

  • New rates go into effect January 1, 2020.
  • There will be only 3 membership options: Basic (free), Student (discounted), Pro (rate based on number of employees).
  • Details of how your particular membership level is affected will be shared with you directly this week.
  • Listings on the current website will stay active through the launch of the new site in early 2020. Don’t worry about renewing your listing right now!
  • Basic members will get a free basic listing with contact info.
  • Pro members are getting a major listing upgrade! They'll receive a prioritized listing with up to 7 categories on it, a long description, gallery of work, and a way to feature team members—all for one inclusive rate.

Tuesday, Nov. 19 | 5:30-7:30pm | The Hoxton

Come and tour the unique spaces of The Hoxton for your next shoot! Mix and mingle with complementary drinks, appetizers, and good company.

Admission: Free for OMPA members. $10 in advance for non-members; $12 at the door.

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Meet Our Event Sponsor
The Hoxton is a new boutique hotel in an iconic building in historic Old Town/Chinatown. It boasts 119 bedrooms; gorgeous open lobby leading to a restaurant and stylish meeting rooms; greenhouse-vibe rooftop restaurant; and secret basement bar. 
Thursday, November 14 | 7-9pm | SOU Digital Media Center

OMPA's Media Mixer (aka Cameras & Cocktails) is coming back to Southern Oregon for the fourth time this year. Come on out to mingle with your fellow industry professionals at Southern Oregon University's state-of-the-art Digital Media Center. Food and drink provided. Hope to see you there!

Special Guests:

  • Producer & OMPA Board Member David Cress (Shrill, Portlandia, Documentary Now!)
  • OMPA Executive Director Lisa Cicala
  • Oregon Film Executive Director Tim Williams
  • Film Southern Oregon Executive Director Andrew Gay
Admission: Free
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Want to hear about OMPA's plans for the future and share thoughts about your experience? Join us at 3pm the same day to participate in a Southern Oregon stakeholders meeting with other local professionals and OMPA Executive Director Lisa Cicala. Reach out to to RSVP and get the location.
Meet Our Event Sponsor
Southern Oregon University Digital Media Center: The DMC’s 8500-square-foot facility includes 20 multimedia workstations, a TV production studio with permanent lighting grid, a digital master control center for playback and archiving, and an equipment room with cameras, lighting and sound equipment.

The DMC is also home to SOU's new Digital Cinema major. More than just a “film school,” the Digital Cinema program prepares students to innovate as storytellers and entrepreneurs across a range of popular and emerging media formats, including motion pictures, documentary, television, social video, and virtual reality.
Member Perk | Columbia & adidas access open now!
adidas passes emailed Friday, Nov. 1; Columbia passes emailed Oct. 14
Member News

Four local projects just received word that they are Portland Post Production Grant winners. The Portland Film Office and Oregon Made Creative Foundation awarded the following members: Who’s on Top? LGBTQs Summit Mt. Hood from Director/Producer Devin Tau; The Buffalo Soldiers of the Pacific Northwest with Co-Director/Associate Producer Jerry Bell Jr.; and Space by Producer/Director/Editor David Poulshock.

A feature documentary that Heidi Zimmerman edited and produced, Fish & Men, just won the Audience Choice Award for Documentary at the New Hampshire Film Festival. 

Derek Willis is on a film festival winning streak! His short film, A Fine Cycle, with composer Bryan Minus just won Most Impactful Film at Angaelica Film Festival, along with Best Short Script for Currency Exchange. Willis also won Best Editing for his team's 72-Hour Guignolfest entry, The Prinks of Nature.

VFX/PDX and 3DPDX are now the Portland chapter of SIGGRAPH. Check out their first official event tonight at 7pm at PCC Cascade.

Please welcome the newest members of OMPA: Inaya Yusuf, Anthony Barcelo, Asia Brown, Eloe Gill-Williams, Lauren Mueller, Cameron Dexter, Lisa Mehallick, Helio Sound, Robert Uehlin, Pacific NW College of Art, Peter Edgley, Victoria Kohl, Ryan Yackel, Andrew Roberts, and Sage Peglow. Thanks for your support! 
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We see you, #ompamember!

◄ Some behind-the-scenes shots from a recent @funnelbox shoot with Kodak Alaris. 

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 | Fire in Paradise

Survivors recount their harrowing stories from the 2018 Camp Fire, which destroyed the town of Paradise and became the deadliest wildfire in California history. OMPA members on the project include: Gary Kout, Kai Shelton, Jayson Wynkoop, Chris Vanderschaaf and Chris Weathers. 

Connect with Our Community

Nov. 5 (tonight)

Portland SIGGRAPH New Tech Demo

Featuring Xsens Motion Capture

Details Here


Nov. 6

Freelancers Union SPARK:

Fall/Winter Networking Hour

Details Here


Nov. 10

Women in Animation: Creatifeme 2019

Details Here


MusicPortland 1st-annual Gear Fest

Details Here


Portland Film Community Night

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Nov. 12

AIGA Women Lead Portland

November Happy Hour

Details Here


Nov. 13

Documentary Filmmaking Meetup

With Ryan Claypool

Details Here


PDX Lunch & Learn: Tech & Oregon’s

Stop-Motion Animation Industry

Details Here


PDXWIT: Money Talks Panel

Details Here

Nov. 14 

OMPA Southern Oregon Media Mixer

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Autodesk Hits Portland: 

With Wacom & 3DV

Details Here


Portland Motion Designers 

& Animators Meetup

Details Here


ASMP Portfolio Reviews/Showcase

Details Here


Nov. 15

Women in Film Holiday Party &

10th-Anniversary Celebration

Details Here


Nov. 19

OMPA Media Mixer at The Hoxton

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Portland Doc Meetup

Details Here


Nov. 20

Págame!: Pay Equity For All

Details Here


Nov. 21

PAF Extremely Happy Hour

Hosted by 52 Limited

Details Here

Things to Know
  • Save Cameron’s Books: Portland’s oldest used bookstore is in danger of closing! Cameron's Books' archive spans the mid-19th century to the present, housing a finite resource that filmmakers use as props, reference material accessed by writers, production designers, and directors. Learn more about the campaign to save the store: #PortlandSaveThisPage.
  • Current Productions: Download this week’s SAG-AFTRA Production Report to see what's shooting around the state.
  • Outside the Frame: Mygration - annual Gala showcase: Nov. 7
  • *new* Fire in Paradise - Q&A with producer Gary Kout and Ashland Fire & Rescue: Nov. 7
  • NORMAL ISN'T REAL: Succeeding with Learning Disabilities & ADHD + panel discussion: Nov. 7
  • GLAS Animation Next: Nov. 8
  • *new* There’s Heart Here - documentary by PSU Film professor Courtney Hermann: Nov. 12
  • *new* Dammed to Extinction - edited by Heidi Zimmerman: Nov. 12
  • *new** Samurai in the Oregon Sky - Oregon filmmaker & panel discussion: Nov. 14
  • Wild & Scenic Film Festival - Eugene: Nov. 14
  • *new* Trans Dudes with Lady Cancer - Q&A with filmmakers and panelists: Nov. 18
  • *new* My Summer as a Goth - Portland Circuit winner, directed by Tara Johnson-Medinger
  • *new* Warrior Women + panel on Indigenous women activism: Nov. 25     

Call for Entries

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Opportunities & Grants
  • Black Screenplays Matter competition: holiday deadline Nov. 15
  • *closes soon* Cinequest Screenwriting Competition: extended deadline Nov. 15
  • *closes soon* Willamette Writers Script to Screen Competition “”: final deadline Nov. 15
  • Creative Media Awards: entry deadline Nov. 22 
  • *new* PDXWIT Diversity Dinner: applications due Nov. 25
  • *new* Film Independent Documentary Lab: applications due Dec. 3
  • Emerging Screenwriters - Shoot Your Sizzle Screenplay Competition: final deadline Dec. 10
  • American Documentary & Animation Film Festival & Fund: late deadline Dec. 15
Rolling deadlines:
  • Catapult Film Fund - documentary development grants: ongoing
  • Film Independent Sloan Distribution Grant: ongoing
  • Ford Foundation - JustFilms grant: ongoing
  • Impact Partners - Documentary Fund: ongoing
  • Artists United Unified Field - “Climate & The Environment:” open now 
Workshops, Classes, & Webinars
  • Blender Modeling for AR/VR Unity Projects: Nov. 5
  • The Studio NW - Audition workshop with LA Casting Director Paul Weber: Nov. 9
  • *new* Bookkeeping's Tricky Situations - loans, line of credit, barter, corporate cards & more: Nov. 12
  • *new* Future Work Design & Ladies Night PDX  - “Fix Work not Women:” Nov. 12
  • *new* Upskill Now: How to navigate a fast-changing world of work: Nov. 13
  • *new* Budgeting in QuickBooks Online Plus & Advanced: Nov. 30

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

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