The Filmworks Innovation Lab is designed to invest in our local creative community and to encourage the development of original storytelling that capitalizes on new forms of production and technology. By leveraging our existing film infrastructure and the diversity of our in-state technology resources, Washington is uniquely positioned to incubate a groundbreaking digital entertainment platform that fosters a new Creative Economy for Washington State.



The Board of WF may allocate a total of up to $350,000 annually to the Filmworks Innovation Lab. Funding assistance will be administered in two cycles annually: 

  • Film Cycle (for projects by Washington resident filmmakers, August to December)
  • Innovation Cycle (for projects utilizing new forms of production or emerging technologies, January to May)


Through the Innovation Lab, WF offers funding assistance to selected projects in a range of between 1% and 30% of total in-state qualified expenditures on the production of motion picture content (including labor and talent who are Washington State residents). The Innovation Lab varies from our standard program. For example, the level of funding assistance is not fixed at any percentage of the project’s budget spent in Washington State. The level of funding assistance will vary according to each approved project’s requirements and the merit of its application, as determined by a jury appointed by WF’s Board of Directors. It must be noted that not all projects applying for funding assistance can, or will, be funded. In addition to funding assistance, the Filmworks Innovation Lab is designed to offer professional development and opportunities for growth for accepted applicants.



PLEASE NOTE: Washington Filmworks is not currently accepting applications for the Innovation Lab.

Applicants begin the proposal process by submitting preliminary information to determine the eligibility of their project. The process will move forward from there. All applicants are notified whether they will advance in the process and receive further instructions as decisions are made. For a detailed description of the application process, please see the Guidelines and Criteria for the Innovation Lab cycle you intend to apply for.

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