Archive | October 2012

Do You Binge View?

The industry has been buzzing this year about the growing sport of marathon television watching, popularly coined as binge viewing. Binge viewing is defined as consuming three or more episodes of a television series in one sitting. And like it or loathe it, the industry has to pay attention. In 2009 television series compromised 20% of Netflix online business. Three years later, Netflix has more than 23 million subscribers and TV comprises 60% of the company’s available online content. Among the most highly binge-viewed television shows on the platform, such as “Breaking Bad,” up to 85% of the series viewers tend to plow through an entire season in one sitting. Read More…

How To Festival

Fall means festivals. Maybe you’ve attended several of the Washington film fests underway this September and October, or you’re busy submitting your own film to any number of calls to enter. In that spirit, Washington Filmworks invited Kathleen McInnis to pen a guest post designed to help filmmakers think strategically about working the film festival circuit.

McInnis has guided films through their festival premieres at Toronto, Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, Karlovy Vary, Galway and San Sebastian film festivals among many others. She has been a festival programmer and director at such festivals as Seattle, Slamdance and Palm Springs ShortFest. Her films have won major awards at Toronto, Sundance and Berlin, and have been featured in media such as the New York Times, LA Times, Filmmaker Magazine, Variety, and Screen International. McInnis continues to sit on festival juries and panels around the globe. She teaches festival strategies at UCLA and NYU Tisch/Asia.

Fall is definitely the start of our Film Festival season. Toronto, Telluride, Venice, San Sebastian, Busan, London, Vancouver, New York and Hamptons are a sampling of the top tier festivals that make August-October such vital months for the global film festival circuit. Now add to this list of events a who’s who of major festival submission deadlines (Sundance, Rotterdam, Gotebörg, Berlin, Palm Springs, SXSW…) and independent filmmakers around the world start to sweat with the sheer enormity of decisions expected of them on behalf of their films.

There are between 3,000-5,000 film festivals worldwide, depending on whose calculations you reference. Read More…

Have Show Will Travel

Word out of Los Angeles is that the film industry is packing its bags. According to Film L.A., the non-profit organization that coordinates permitting for entertainment shot on location in Los Angeles County, many filming categories they track are in decline, some experiencing severe losses. While Sitcom TV and TV Webisodes have surged, the changing production landscape in L.A. has led to an overall economic downturn.

Film L.A. measures production through permits issued to production. Over the last year they’ve documented a decreasing rate of production, Read More…

Lots of Washington Film Available in October

Haven’t had the opportunity to catch all the recent Washington-produced films yet? No problem. October is a great month to watch several of these movies through your local cable provider, stream them online, rent on DVD, or catch them in theaters.
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The Details – WF incentive film “The Details” is an off-kilter comedy starring Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks, Laura Linney, Kerry Washington and Ray Liotta. The feature debuts tonight, October 5 On Demand and opens in theaters in NY and LA on November 2.

Fat Kid Rules the World – WF incentive feature “Fat Kid Rules the World” starring Lili Simmons, Billy Campbell, Matt O’Leary and Jacob Wysocki is available in theaters in selected cities, including Seattle. The film will open at SIFF Cinema on October 26.

Grassroots – WF incentive feature “Grassroots” is now available on DVD. Based on a true story, this comedy stars Jason Biggs, Joel David Moore and Cedric the Entertainer.

Your Sister’s Sister – is now available as a Theatrical Rental through Amazon Instant Video. The feature, directed by Washington Filmworks incentive alumni, Lynn Shelton, stars Emily Blunt, Mark Duplass and Rosemarie DeWitt.

Grab some popcorn and be sure to let us know what other Washington films you’ve seen available.

You Are Invited – FMI Happy Hour Tonight

Tonight’s Film + Music + Interactive Happy Hour event takes place from 5-7 p.m. at Spitfire in Belltown. This special Happy Hour is designed to help members of the local film, music, and interactive industries meet and share ideas with current elected officials and those running to represent Seattle at the local, state, and national levels. Don’t miss your chance to meet with policy makers who can directly influence the growth of our state’s creative industries.

The setting is informal, free, and open to anyone 21 and over. Elected officials and candidates will address the crowd around 5:30 p.m. and the Presidential debate will be shown in the back room beginning at 6:00. Bring a friend and some good questions. Read More…