Archive | September 2013

The Frenzy is Near


This following guest blog post comes from Indiana Cho, an independent filmmaker, community organizer, and participant in the Renton Film Frenzy. Learn more about this filmmaking competition from Indy. Plus, hear about the strides that Renton is taking to make their city a truly film-friendly destination.

Clear your weekend. The 6th Annual Renton Film Frenzy kicks off this weekend, October 4-6, and team registration closes tomorrow, October 1.


Last year was the 5th annual Renton Film Frenzy, an annual 50 hour film making competition in Renton, Washington. I took on the challenge. I signed up to be a producer and proceeded to look for cast and crew. I reached out to some fellow filmmakers and, of course, Craigslist and quickly had a team that was ready to set aside 50 hours of their life to create a 4-minute masterpiece. There is an open division and a student division and all teams are given a list of “curve balls” for their films. Around 5:00 pm on Friday evening, the metaphorical starting bell rings and we are off. Read More…

Film Fest Roundup


Fall is for film. From east to west, Washington provides numerous opportunities to check out awesome cinema in your community. Below you’ll find a list of several film events and film festivals happening throughout the state from now until the end of 2013.

Call to Action: Washington has tons of great film festivals, film events, screenings and competitions, but we don’t know about all of them. WF strives to keep our local filmmakers in the know about screening and submission opportunities, as well as filmmaking competitions. Help put your Washington event on our radar, by emailing details to WF Programs and Communications Coordinator Jessie Wilson at

September 2013 – December 2013

Washington State University Diversity Film Festival, September 12, 19, 26 & October 3 in Vancouver, WA

Local Sightings Film Festival, September 27-October 3 in Seattle

Tacoma Film Festival, October 3-10 in Tacoma

Seattle Latino Film Festival (SLFF), October 4-13 in Seattle

Seattle South Asian Film Festival (SSAFF), October 4-6 & 10-13 in Seattle and Bothell

Renton Film Frenzy, Competition takes place October 4-6 and Screening is October 19 in Renton

Ellensburg Film Festival, October 4-6 in Ellensburg

Seattle Social Justice Film Festival, October 10-13, 2013 in Seattle

Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival (SLGFF), October 10-20 in Seattle

Tri-Cities International Fantastic Film Festival (TCIF3), October 11-12 & 18-20 in Richland

Seattle Polish Film Festival (SPFF), October 11-20, 2013 in Seattle

Gig Harbor Film Festival (GHFF), October 18-20 in Gig Harbor

Bleedingham Film Festival, October 26, 2013 in Bellingham

Spokane Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender Film Festival, November 1-3 in Spokane

Celluloid Bainbridge Film Festival, November 1-3 on Bainbridge Island

48 Hour Horror Film Project: Seattle, November 8-10 in Seattle

Olympia Film Festival, November 8-17 in Olympia

Seattle Shorts Film Festival, November 9 in Seattle

Clearwater – We Pull Together

Earlier this month we shared the first of several “production diaries” from People of the Salish Sea, one of the projects Washington Filmworks (WF) committed funding assistance to as part of our Innovation Cycle of the Filmworks Innovation Lab. The Lab is a groundbreaking program offering funding assistance to Washington filmmakers and filmmakers using emerging technologies.

People of the Salish Sea is a production from Longhouse Media and is the first documentary-based project to receive funding assistance through any of WF’s programs. These production diaries offer a window into the filming of the feature documentary Clearwater. This documentary is the central piece of People of the Salish Sea, a larger interactive project. Clearwater tells the story of the health of the Salish Sea (Puget Sound) and the unique relationship of tribal people to the water.

Continue on the journey with Clearwater through the entry below, written by Melissa Woodrow. Read More…

Supporting Viewers Like You


The strength of filmmaking in the Pacific Northwest flows not just from the base of dedicated talent and crew, the support of film incentives, and the artistic spirit of the region, but also from the initiatives of programming and broadcast outlets like KCTS 9. KCTS 9 is a public broadcasting station based in Seattle and a member of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Their new initiatives and programs demonstrate that KCTS 9 is actively cultivating their commitment to the Washington filmmaking community.

“The Pacific Northwest is blessed to have an extraordinarily creative filmmaking community,” said KCTS Executive Director of Programming, Randy Brinson, “and KCTS is extremely fortunate to work with Read More…

How Section 181 Helps Washington Filmmakers

181The following post briefly outlines Washington Filmworks’ (WF) understanding of Section 181. While this article serves as an overview of the tax policy, WF encourages filmmakers to contact an attorney to learn more.

The enactment of Section 181, as part of the American Jobs Creation Act Of 2004, signaled a change in U.S. policy towards filmmaking in the United States. By minimizing investor risk through film subsidies, Section 181 helps to support film and television production and to prevent “runaway production” of the film industry.

Over the past few decades, many American film and television productions have been lured away from the United States. This shift in production resulted in the loss of enormous amounts of revenue.  Recognizing the need to support the American film industry, Congress passed legislation that brought about Section 181 of the U.S. Tax Code. Section 181 currently falls under the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, extending the incentives for film productions until December 31, 2013.

What is Section 181?

Section 181 states that an investment in a motion picture shot in the United States is Read More…

Vimeo’s $10,000 Advance


Vimeo On Demand connects filmmakers directly with their audience.

The video streaming company Vimeo has been making moves in world of on-demand services this year, giving viewers more options when it comes to consuming content on the site. The company launched Vimeo on Demand in March, offering filmmakers who are Pro members a simplified way of selling their work online.

Earlier this month it was announced that Vimeo had teamed up with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) to offer all of this year’s world premieres a cash advance in return for an exclusive digital distribution window on the Internet video site. The Washington incentive film Lucky Them, directed by Megan Griffiths, was one of the features celebrating its world premiere at TIFF 2013. Douglas Horn, a Seattle filmmaker and blogger, has been following distribution and VOD options for filmmakers and recently weighed in on Vimeo’s offer on his blog.

According to stories in Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, Vimeo will offer advances of $10,000 to any of the 146 world premiere films screening in the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in exchange for a brief exclusive period of exclusive VOD rights on their Vimeo on Demand platform. This continues Vimeo’s push Read More…

Last Reel


The era of film cedes to digital projection.

Digital projection has overtaken film as the primary means of exhibiting a motion picture in a theater. But while digital may be the future, it has relegated some theaters to the past. According to many in the industry, new movies will eventually cease being released on 35mm film. An era will end, taking with it any related businesses that are unable to adapt quickly enough.

The call to convert from celluloid film to digital began more than a decade ago, but the effects were not felt strongly until recently. In 2011 Twentieth Century Fox announced that they would no longer be distributing product on 35mm film. The two largest producers of film stock, Fuji and Kodak saw a 70% decrease in motion picture film production in 2012, with Fuji announcing it would end production of print stock this year. Kodak declared bankruptcy in 2012. Read More…