Archive | April 2013

NFFTY Welcomes Next Generation of Filmmakers


Tonight is Opening Night for the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY), a cornerstone of Washington’s film festival scene. NFFTY is the largest film festival for youth in the world. The festival has a global reputation and received 700 entries from filmmakers 22 and under this year. Programmers selected 215 films to screen during the 4-day fest, April 25-28. “How cool it is for the public to get a chance to meet the future Spielberg’s of tomorrow?” asks NFFTY Managing Director, Lindsey LeDuc.

More than 10,000 attendees are expected over the extended weekend. Read More…

Don’t Miss Closing Weekend of the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival

Closing Night Film IN THE HIVE

Closing Night Film IN THE HIVE

Seattle film lovers eagerly wait for the rapidly approaching spring film festival season. Perhaps the first natural thought is to look forward to the Seattle International Film Festival, but in the meantime there are many stellar, smaller fests, lending voice to groups that have traditionally been underrepresented in cinema. The Langston Hughes African American Film Festival (LHAAF) is an annual event, providing provocative films from independent Black filmmakers and works about the African American experience. The festival’s mission is Read More…

Walla Walla Welcomes Motion Picture Production

(L to R) Amy Lillard, Casi Smith, Krys Karns and David Woolson.

This month Washington Filmworks Executive Director, Amy Lillard, and Production Services Coordinator, Krys Karns, paid a visit to Walla Walla, Washington. The ladies were treated to a tour of the area by our film liaisons from the Walla Walla Chamber of Commerce, David Woolson, President/CEO, and Casi Smith, Event Coordinator.

Woolson is the former Oregon Film Commissioner and greatly understands the business of film. The Chamber recently established the Walla Walla Film Office in order to be more responsive to film and television production companies by assisting with location scouting, permitting assistance with local jurisdictions, and overall production logistics. The office recently provided support to the AMC reality series, Showville, which filmed an episode in Walla Walla and is slated to premiere this year. Read More…

Eat Well, Fund Film

Sprout 9 kicks off.

Sprout 9 kicks off.

Last month the staff of Washington Filmworks took some time to enjoy a night of film, great company, and delicious food at Sprout, a locally sourced dinner in Seattle that funds creative projects with a vote. Attendees pay an entrance fee for ballot and a delicious meal made by a local guest chef. Diners vote on a variety of proposed projects and at the end of dinner, the one with the most votes is awarded the funds collected at the door. Read More…

Seattle Invests in Commercial Production


Seattle City Councilmembers serving on the Committee on Economic Resiliency & Regional Relations recently heard from a group of presenters on why Seattle is primed to draw more commercial production work. James Keblas, Director of the Office of Film and Music in Seattle, Amy Lillard, Executive Director of Washington Filmworks, Megan Lingafelter Ball of World Famous, and Steve Colin of Creature, presented to the committee about a Commercial Film Development Plan and upcoming marketing campaign designed to draw more opportunities for the commercial sector, local advertising and production agencies, and motion picture crews. Read More…

Filmworks Innovation Lab – Next Steps

Applicants participating in the Innovation Cycle of the Filmworks Innovation Lab are nearing their next hurdle in the process. Detailed Information Packages are due to WF via email by 11:59 PM Thursday April 4, 2013. Please email to

This blog post may grow over the coming week as more Frequently Asked questions are asked and addressed. Check back throughout the week or call (206) 264-0667.

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