Archive | November 2013


Washington FilmworksNext week, beginning December 1, Washington Filmworks (WF) will accept applications for our Standard Program for projects that commence on or after January 1 of 2014. WF offers funding assistance for qualified in-state expenditures of up to 30% for motion pictures and episodic series with less than six episodes, and up to 35% for episodic series with at least six episodes.

As part of the Commercialize Seattle campaign, WF is holding funds in reserve to attract new commercial clients to Washington State. These funds are allocated through the Commercial Business Development Campaign (CBDP). Find more information here. WF may consider additional commercial Read More…


2012 Annual Industry Update. Photo courtesy of Philip Eichner.

Last year’s Annual Celebration. Photo courtesy of Philip Eichner.

Save the date to celebrate! 2013 has gone by fast and it’s time for our Annual Industry Update events in Seattle and Spokane. Come raise a glass with us and toast the achievements of the statewide film industry in the past year. Get first peek at how WF will be working on your behalf in 2014.

SpitfireLinkWednesday, December 4th*
Happy Hour from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Presentation 6:30 pm
2219 4th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121

This event is for those 21 and over. The first 100 people thru the door are guaranteed a drink ticket and snacks will be provided.

* This corrects a previous announcement that listed the wrong date.


NectarLinkThursday, December 5th
Happy Hour from 6 pm – 7 pm
Presentation at 7 pm
Nectar – Barrel Room
120 N. Stevens
(Corner of Main & Stevens)
Spokane, WA 99201
Please use the use the South, LaunchPad entrance.

Wine and appetizers will be served. See you there!

Kia Campaign Kicks Off Commercial Business Development Plan

Washington Filmworks (WF) and the Seattle Office of Film + Music have partnered to launch Commercialize Seattle, a new business development campaign designed to work with WF’s Commercial Business Development Plan (CBDP) to drive more advertising business to Washington. The campaign has a two-part strategy:

  • Design and launch an innovative and creative campaign to market the region to advertising executives as a destination for commercial production and,
  • Implement a new business plan that represents a smarter, more strategic approach to allocating incentive dollars for commercial production.

The first commercial project to receive incentive dollars through the recently launched CBDP was a national campaign for Kia Motors, produced by Read More…

WEST OF REDEMPTION Wraps Principal Photography


Contact: Jessie Wilson / 206.264.0667 

Washington Filmworks Feature Film Project WEST OF REDEMPTION Wraps Principal Photography 

Producers find great crew and American Southwest-style locations in the Pacific Northwest.

Seattle, WA – NOVEMBER 19, 2013 – The Washington Filmworks (WF) production incentive project West of Redemption wrapped principal photography after filming in the Spokane area this August and September. The feature film is directed by Cornelia D. Moore (Camilla Dickinson) and written by Meagan Daine. The project stars Billy Zane (Titanic, The Phantom), Kevin Alejandro (True BloodSouthland), and Mariana Klaveno (Devious MaidsTrue Blood). West of Redemptionis a film from Kairos Productions in association North By Northwest ProductionsThe feature is produced by Larry Estes and Tony Becerra, and is Executive Produced by Rich Cowan.

Set in 1994, West of Redemption tells the story of a married couple living in a remote farmhouse. The husband and wife are interrupted by a stranger at their front door, who is taken prisoner by the husband and interrogated for reasons the stranger doesn’t readily understand. Their lives are changed once they truth of their history is revealed. West of Redemption marks the second time Estes has partnered North By Northwest to bring a Washington incentive feature film to the Spokane area. The film is also one of 93 projects WF has approved through the standard funding assistance program. These productions represent an estimated $243 million dollar economic impact statewide since the Washington Legislature created WF in 2007.

West of Redemption filmed in Spokane and rural areas of eastern Washington near Fairfield, Cheney, and Tyler. “Thanks to Washington Filmworks we were able to return to Washington to work with Read More…

Unleashing the Power of Partnership

Washington Filmworks (WF) is pleased to share several stories that ran in today’s industry trade magazines about the film and tech event held this week in Beijing China. At the event, WF signed a MOU with DMG Entertainment to collaborate on several projects that will shoot in Washington State throughout 2014. We look forward to working together with our partners at DMG to find ways to build bridges between our creative communities.

WF would like to acknowledge the leadership of Governor Jay Inslee and his team in Read More…

NWFF Supports Documentary Film

DocFund_245_feature_featureWashington Filmworks (WF) recognizes that one of the largest concerns among local filmmakers is finding funding for their projects. The Northwest Film Forum (NWFF) recently launched their 2014 drive to raise funds for the Documentary Film Fund. WF attended the kickoff event and heard from three talented documentary filmmakers, Enrique Cerna, Stephen Silha, and Tracy Rector. The trio discussed their current projects and the essential role of funding resources, such as the Documentary Film Fund, in supporting their work.

The NWFF’s Documentary Film Fund supports excellent new documentary film projects in the Northwest at any stage of completion. This fund offers vital support to Read More…

Building Bridges Between Washington State and China

Washington Filmworks (WF) is pleased to announce that film was part of Governor Jay Inslee’s 2013 trade mission to China. The purpose of the mission is to help Washington State businesses identify new overseas partners and establish business relationships. Over 90 businesses travelled with the trade mission to China.

Yesterday, WF signed a Memorandum of Understanding with China’s premiere production and distribution company DMG Entertainment at a film and technology reception in Beijing, China. The partnership between WF and DMG was designed to Read More…