Archive | August 2012

Deadline Extended for the Filmworks Innovation Lab

The deadline for submitting preliminary forms to the Filmworks Innovation Lab (Film Cycle) has been extended until Friday, September 7th at 5 p.m. The Filmworks Innovation Lab is designed to invest in Washington’s local creative community and to encourage the development of original storytelling that capitalizes on new forms of production and technology. The WF Board of Directors may commit up to $350,000 annually and funding assistance will be administered in two cycles – the Film Cycle (opened August 2012) and the Innovation Cycle (opens January 2013).

WF is now accepting preliminary application forms for the Film Cycle.  Please go to our website for detailed information on the Film Cycle, as well as the full program guidelines and criteria. We’ve also added a page for Frequently Asked Questions. Additional questions can be directed to or call (206) 264-0667.


2012 has been a year of major changes at Washington Filmworks (WF).  We wanted to take a moment to share some of our significant endeavors so far this year.

Re-launch of the Sales Cycle – To date, the Board of Directors has approved 10 projects, including 6 commercials and 4 feature films. Read More…

The Power of the Crowd

Crowdfunding and crowdsourcing are certainly not new phenomenons, as this video from illustrates.

While there are hundreds of online crowdfunding platforms, Washington Filmworks has rolled out a dedicated page on our blog to share Kickstarter campaigns that meet our internal requirements, and reach out to us for assistance promoting their fundraising efforts.  For the time being, we’re only sharing Kickstarter campaigns because Read More…

The Lady Washington

Ahoy, Mateys!  Filming was underway aboard the 112-foot, 99-ton ship the Lady Washington on Aug 9th.  A production took her out near Aberdeen, WA, close to the mouth of the Chehalis River on Grays Harbor, where cast and crew were busy filming scenes for a feature film set in the 19th century. Read More…

There’s a Hole in The Bucket, Dear Liza

Washington Filmworks has recently shared a series of blog posts for emerging actors in our state.  You can find those here:

Gordon Adams of Big Fish NW Talent responded by offering additional context to this developing discussion.  Big Fish NW Talent is an agency with eleven years in the Seattle market and sixteen years in the Pacific Northwest.  This year they are on course to cast their thousandth project in Seattle.  Gordon was kind enough to share some of his concerns about industry trends regarding talent.  Below you will find his guest post, which gives his opinion and includes advice for big picture issues that actors should take into consideration as they pursue their own careers.  We’re all in it together.

An open letter to talent in Seattle and the entire Northwest: Read More…

McKenna’s Statement

Earlier this week Washington Filmworks wrote about gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna’s interview on KUOW.  After the interview, Washington Filmworks requested a statement from his campaign.  We received this response:

The film production incentive was recently extended, with a sunset date, after a legislative review found that it was meeting its goals. Read More…

Inslee’s Statement In Support of Film

Election results from yesterday’s primary indicate that both Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna will advance to the final round in the race for Governor.

Washington Filmworks is pleased to share with the film community that gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee published a statement in support of the film industry on his blog yesterday.  The entry reads:

For the next four years, everything Washington does needs to be viewed through the lens of job creation. As governor, that will be my focus. Read More…