Tava Sofsky
Tava Sofsky
Film commissioner
Cherokee Nation Film Office (US)

Tava Maloy Sofsky serves as director and film commissioner for the Cherokee Nation Film Office. Sofsky left her post as director of the Oklahoma Film + Music Office in 2022 to join CNFO, which is based in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

During her tenure serving the state for more than eight years, Sofsky oversaw Oklahoma’s $30 million annual film incentive program and helped expand the state’s top-rate talent, crew base, and infrastructure to include four Oklahoma Certified Sound Stages and more than 25 Film-Friendly Certified Communities statewide. Under her leadership, OF+MO was named an Oklahoma Film ICON by deadCenter Film, and Sofsky’s team was honored to receive the award for Outstanding Film Commission at the 2022 Location Managers Guild International Awards.

Sofsky brings more than 23 years of industry-leading experience to her new role supporting the mission and strategic growth of CNFO and oversees the film incentive and educational and mentor programs, among other initiatives in the tribal film office. Sofsky, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and an Oklahoma native, began her film career in Los Angeles after earning a bachelor’s degree in film and media studies from the University of Oklahoma.

She has worked on major motion pictures, independent features, and several national commercials, establishing an impressive network of filmmakers and talent, including Doug Claybourne, Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg, Anthony Hopkins, John Travolta, Jennifer Lopez, and many studio executives such as Jay Roewe (HBO), Mary Ann Hughes (Disney) and Michael Walbrecht (Warner Bros.).