Archive | May 2013

Shoreline Film Office: Open for Business


Officials from SCC and the City of Shoreline open the Shoreline Film Office

The Shoreline Film Office opened its doors at Shoreline Community College earlier this month, making it the 5th film office to open in Washington State. Shoreline Community College (SCC) and the City of Shoreline announced on May 9 that the office would be a collaborative effort between the two entities, designed to actively promote and encourage film production in Shoreline.


SCC shows the public one of their facilities for production.

“Shoreline is committed to the business of film,” said Dan Eernissee, Program Manager of Economic Development at the City of Shoreline. The partnership between the City and the College will promote resources that SCC has to offer filmmakers, and increase student involvement in the film community, while attracting more projects to the region.  Read More…



   Powerful creative coalition makes program a premiere not to be missed

CONTACT SIFF: Jessica Marx | 206.315.0683 |

CONTACT BWR: Steven Wilson | 212.901.3954 |

Seattle, WA (May 23, 2013) – The Seattle International Film Festival in partnership with Washington Filmworks is pleased to present the 2013 Fly Filmmaking Challenge. This year’s program, being presented by KCTS 9 Reel NW with support from Alaska Airlines and Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card, celebrates the intersection of Washington’s creative communities and highlights a powerful creative coalition of the area’s leading government, arts, education, and broadcast organizations. The 2013 program features four narrative short films by Seattle-based filmmakers Ben Andrews, Amy Enser, Lulu Gargiulo, and Curtis Taylor.

Each year, narrative filmmakers are presented “flies in the ointment,” a series of creative hurdles to tackle during their race to the big screen. This year, the Seattle International Film Festival partnered with Artist Trust and asked each narrative filmmaker to choose the work of a 2012 Fellow as the inspiration behind their script. Inspired by the works of musicians Samantha Boshnack and Jovino Santos Neto and literary artists Derek Sheffield and Samuel Green, students from the Art Institute of Seattle, Seattle Central Community College, Seattle University, and Shoreline Community College produced documentary shorts about each artist that will also play before each narrative film. Read More…

Get in the Conversation with WF

Whether you’re thinking about your own career or thinking bigger picture, Washington Filmworks will host and participate in a series of events over the coming days in Seattle, designed to get audiences excited about the future of film in Washington State. No matter where you’re at in your film career, there’s a little something for everyone. Check it out.


Want to get your film career started?

2013FestivalPosterMay 26 – Washington Filmworks: Careers in Film –  Join Washington Filmworks at our panel at Northwest Folklife this Sunday, May 26, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm at SIFF Cinema. This fun and informative panel is moderated by Warren Etheredge (host of Emmy-nominated The High Bar) and includes union leaders and prominent names in the state film industry, including Amy Lillard (Washington Filmworks), Set and Artistic Designer, Lisa Hammond (IATSE), Actor, John Patrick Lowrie (SAG-AFTRA), and Costume Designer, Ron Leamon (IATSE). See clips from projects made in Washington and learn about local careers on set and on screen. Ask panelists about their experiences working in the industry and learn ways to build your own film career in Washington. This event is free. MORE INFORMATION HERE.

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Much Ado at SIFF 2013

SIFF Opening Night Gala Red Carpet

SIFF Opening Night Gala Red Carpet.

Last night kicked off a month of films from all around the world at the 2013 Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF). The festival expected nearly three thousand movie fans in attendance to enjoy the fanfare of the Opening Night Gala, featuring Joss Whedon’s adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing. Opening Night 2013 sold out in less than six hours and is one of the largest gala events each year in Seattle. The evening of film took place at McCaw Hall with an after-party at the Seattle Center’s Exhibition Hall.


Opening Night broke SIFF’s box office records.

Washington Filmworks Board Member, Paul Matthaeus, was presented with the 8th Annual Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film. Read More…

A Round of Applause to the Jury


Lab Finalist Team, Tracy Rector and Lou Karsen. (Photos courtesy of Philip Eichner.)

Washington Filmworks staff, Board and jury members spent last Friday hearing pitches from five applicants, selected as finalists for the inaugural innovation cycle of the Filmworks Innovation Lab. The Lab is Washington Filmworks’ newest funding assistance program. The Board may allocate up to $175,000 in funding assistance in this cycle, which was designed to support Washington filmmakers using new forms of production and emerging technologies.


Lab Finalist Team, Scott Schaefer and Steve Edmiston.

The day was filled with passionate presentations, thoughtful deliberation, and a well-deserved reception. Please save the date to join us Saturday, June 8 when Washington Filmworks will officially announce the outcome of the Lab at a program at the Seattle International Film Festival. Read More…

Washington: Permission to Film

Interstate Dusk

Interstate Bridge in Vancouver

Washington Filmworks strives to showcase the diverse looks our state has to offer production. Whoever said “you can’t be in two places at once” has obviously never filmed here. While your cast and crew are in Washington, they can also be in a snow-covered Bavarian village, a serene Japanese garden, or a wine country vineyard. No matter what setting you envision, chances are you’ll find it within the borders of Washington State.

Aurora Corridor_Shoreline

Aurora Corridor, Shoreline

Once you find that unspoiled location in the perfect town it’s time to secure permission to film there. But with nearly five hundred municipalities in Washington, where does a filmmaker start? Washington Filmworks can help connect you with a Film Liaison, the proper city authorities in most areas, but if you’re reaching out on your own, begin with a little research. Area Film Liaisons help to facilitate motion picture production within their jurisdiction. Liaisons are often an appointed staff member of a city or representatives of a Chamber of Commerce, who assist in communications between production and the host community to ensure the best possible outcome for all parties. Read More…

Washington Filmworks Announces Finalists for Innovation Lab


Contact: Jessie Wilson, Programs and Communications Coordinator / 206.264.0667  

Washington Filmworks Announces Five Finalists for Innovation Lab

Program designed to support Washington filmmakers using new forms of  production and emerging technologies

Seattle, WA – May 7, 2013 – Washington Filmworks is pleased to announce the five finalists for the inaugural Innovation Cycle of the Innovation Lab. This cycle of the program offers up to $175,000 in funding assistance support and is designed to challenge local filmmakers to create motion picture content that traverses multiple platforms.  Each of the five finalists will move on to the “Pitch Session” of the program where they will be encouraged to present new business and revenue models that leverage Washington’s film infrastructure in the digital era. Read More…