WASHINGTON FILMWORKS EVENTS
 

 

2011 ANNUAL INDUSTRY UPDATE PRESENTATION

If you missed our Seattle and Spokane events, the link below will open a pdf of our 2011 Annual Industry Update PowerPoint presentation, including facts and stats on the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program since 2007.

Click here to open the 2011 Annual Industry Update Presentation

 

 

2011 ANNUAL INDUSTRY UPDATE EVENTS

Please save the date for Washington Filmworks' Annual Industry Updates, to be held the first week of December in both Seattle and Spokane. Join us as we celebrate the successes of 2011 and talk in detail about how you can help get the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program renewed during the upcoming legislative session. Wine and appetizers will be served. 

 

Seattle Event

Tuesday, December 6

SIFF Film Center in Seattle Center

Northwest Rooms (formerly the Alki Room)

South of Seattle Repertory Theater and next to the Vera Project

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm - Meet and Greet

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm - Presentation

 

Spokane Event

Thursday, December 8

LaunchPad INW

120 North Stevens

Spokane, WA 99201

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm - Meet and Greet

630 pm - 7:30 pm - Presentation

 

If you plan to attend, RSVP and let us know whether you'll be at the Seattle or Spokane event.

Email info@WashingtonFilmworks.org

 

 

SELLING WITH SELLING OUT

We hope you'll join us on Thursday October 20 at FRED Wildlife Refuge for an exciting panel discussion presented in partnership with CityArts Fest, the City of Film + Music and The Warren Report.

Are commerce and art really as mutually exclusive as they appear? The accepted paradigm has long been that a business-person cannot be artistic and the artist cannot profit from their work without "selling out". But is this perception a reality?

Financially what does a film director in Seattle need to do in order to be a success, supporting themselves and their loved ones? How can a filmmaker take advantage of their skill and passion to be a commercial success without compromising their integrity as an artist? To help better understand this, a panel of industry veterans has prepared a practical step-by-step guide about how to make a living as a film director in Seattle. These talented Seattle based directors will share information and experiences abouthow they learned not only how to survive but to thrive in their chosen field. Drawing upon their perspective as members of Seattle's directing community they will provide examples of successes and shortcomings, shedding new light in how best to utilize resources in the region and how to employ creative thinking to overcome real-life obstacles.

Featured Panelists:

Mark Titus: Owner of August Island Pictures  Writer/Director - TSONOQUA(The Wild Woman), The Breach, We Are All Players

Douglas Horn: Writer/Director - Full Disclosure, Entry Level, Babysitters Beware

Tony Fulgham: Co-founder and Creative Director of World Famous

FRED Wildlife Refuge is located on Capitol Hill:
127 Bolyston Ave, Seattle, WA, 98102
Doors at 4pm
Panel at 5pm

     Admission is FREE

The evening will consist of an hour-long Happy Hour followed by by an hour of discussion with our featured panelists, moderated by Warren Etheredge

 

 

JOIN US TO STRATEGIZE FOR 2012!   


Over the past five years, 70 projects have completed principal photography with help of funding assistance from Washington Filmworks (WF) including 28 feature films, 5 television projects, and 37 regional and national commercials.  Many of the projects greenlit by WF are directed by some of Washington state's most notable directors, such as Lynn Shelton, Megan Griffiths, and David Russo, to name a few!  WF takes pride in supporting our local creative talent and the countless cast, crew and support services that make them look good!  

As the Washington film community looks ahead to the 2012 legislative session, we set our collective sights on getting the production incentive program renewed.   The incentive program remains the best tool that the state has to win motion picture business and keep our local film community working.  With additional budget shortfalls anticipated, the 2012 legislature will be charged with making deeper, more significant cuts.  And as elected officials evaluate what social services to cut, the film community will be asking for money to renew the production incentive program.  

Please join leaders from Washington Filmworks, the Washington state legislature and our creative community at the Local Sightings Film Festival, hosted by Northwest Film Forum, to learn about our strategic plans for the 2012 legislative session.  We will need the support of the statewide film community to get the program renewed.  Please come, listen, learn and ask questions about how you can take charge of your career and help to ensure the future of filmmaking in the Evergreen state.  

Local Sightings Film Festival
1515 12th Ave, Seattle WA 98122
Wednesday October 5th
Doors at 5pm

Guests in attendance....

-Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D), United States Senate 36th Legislative District
-Peggy Case, producer (The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle, Zoo, Grassroots)
-Don Jensen, WF Board Member / Chair WF Legislative Committee
-Amy Lillard, WF Executive Director

 

 

TOP HOLLYWOOD SCREENWRITERS AT PULLING FOCUS

Comedy is no laughing matter, not in Hollywood, for sure. In an industry in which tentpoles beat punchlines, comedies have to prove their worth in the bottom line, not just the belly laugh. Tonight, three legendary kings of comedy share the secrets of their reigns as the most royal mirth-makers in the business. Oscar®-nominated screenwriter Buck Henry (THE GRADUATE; HEAVEN CAN WAIT; Get Smart) and box-office champs Scott Moore & Jonathan Lucas (THE HANGOVER; 21 AND OVER) are led by local jester Warren Etheredge (The Warren Report; The High Bar) in a not-too-serious study of the evolution of cinematic comedy, in terms of craft and commerce.

Pre-sale tickets are available for sale now! Partner members can enter discount code "renewal" for special discount prices! Go to our brownpapertickets site and order your tickets today!

"Pulling Focus" is a series of four panels about the business of film that are conceived and designed to speak to a diversity of audience members, from screenwriters to actors, from directors to producers and on to musicians. Moderated by the colorful and charismatic Warren Etheredge from The Warren Report, our goal is to elevate the conversation and design a dialogue that will have a little something for everyone and simultaneously help to give our community a rock-solid education about how business is done in the film industry. Following each panel discussion, the community is invited to continue the conversation at a cocktail reception hosted by the Washington Wine Commission. This initiative has received unprecedented support from Seattle based film arts organizations and is being co-sponsored by the Port Townsend Film Festival, TheFilmSchool, IFP/Seattle, Northwest Film Forum, Northwest Screenwriters Guild, the Seattle Film Institute, the Seattle International Film Festival, the Seattle Office of Film + Music, the Warren Report and Women in Film.

 

City Arts Fest Discussion Panel

A New Way of Doing Business

For far too long, the accepted paradigm has been that art and commerce are mutually exclusive.  The businessman cannot be creative and “selling out” cheapens the artist. It is easy to think of a film as a purely creative effort without considering the demands of logistics, investors and marketing but these are exactly the kind of concerns that plague a serious filmmaker.  How can this paradigm be changed to better suit a changing economic and creative climate? How can one reconcile the left and right brain and create a new model of making art commercially viable without sacrificing the creative vision?  To help better explain this exciting dynamic between commerce and art, a panel of industry and business veterans has prepared a discussion that will enlighten and entertain, providing examples of success and shortcoming drawn from years of experience, shedding new light on how best to utilize resources in the region and how to employ creative thinking to overcome real-life obstacles.

The night will consist of an hour of conversation, followed by an hour of socialization to allow the community to continue the discussion and share their own insights into this exciting topic.

For more information go to City Arts Fest's website here.

Pulling Focus

Pulling Focus Returns August 1!

Being a successful filmmaker requires one to wear many different hats. As an industry veteran with experience on all sides of a production, Rick Rosenthal understands this better than most. From his directorial debut on Halloween II, Rick went on to help launch the career of the then unknown actor Sean Penn in 1983’s Bad Boys. From there Rick added his name to the credits of well known TV shows such as The Practice, Smallville, Law & Order: SVU and Buffy the Vampire Slayer and has worked with individuals like Jamie Lee Curtis, Joaquin Phoenix, Heath Ledger and John Carpenter. Rick’s company White Water Films is dedicated to helping emerging directors find their voice.  After helping to produce the Sundance hit Mean Creek in 2004, this industry veteran has returned to the Northwest to produce Fat Kid Rules the World and is prepared to share over 30 years of experience with our community at PULLING FOCUS.

"Pulling Focus" is a series of four panels about the business of film that are conceived and designed to speak to a diversity of audience members, from screenwriters to actors, from directors to producers and on to musicians. Moderated by the colorful and charismatic Warren Etheredge from The Warren Report, our goal is to elevate the conversation and design a dialogue that will have a little something for everyone and simultaneously help to give our community a rock-solid education about how business is done in the film industry. Following each panel discussion, the community is invited to continue the conversation at a cocktail reception hosted by the Washington Wine Commission. This initiative has received unprecedented support from Seattle based film arts organizations and is being co-sponsored by the IFP/Seattle, Northwest Film Forum, Northwest Screenwriters Guild, the Seattle Film Institute, the Seattle International Film Festival, the Seattle Office of Film + Music, the Warren Report and Women in Film.

The panel will be held at the Top of the Town at the Sorrento Hotel in downtown Seattle on Monday, August 1. Doors will open at 6:30pm with the discussion to begin at 7pm.

Check out brownpapertickets site for pre-sale tickets!

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/188054

Pulling Focus

It's that time again! Washington Filmworks is ready to once again pull the trigger on PULLING FOCUS.

"Pulling Focus" is a series of four panels about the business of film that are conceived and designed to speak to a diversity of audience members, from screenwriters to actors, from directors to producers and on to musicians. Moderated by the colorful and charismatic Warren Etheredge from The Warren Report, our goal is to elevate the conversation and design a dialogue that will have a little something for everyone and simultaneously help to give our community a rock-solid education about how business is done in the film industry. Following each panel discussion, the community is invited to continue the conversation at a cocktail reception hosted by the Washington Wine Commission. This initiative has received unprecedented support from Seattle based film arts organizations and is being co-sponsored by the IFP/Seattle, Northwest Film Forum, Northwest Screenwriters Guild, the Seattle Film Institute, the Seattle International Film Festival, the Seattle Office of Film + Music, the Warren Report and Women in Film.

Our May panel discussion will focus on producing and the importance a producer can have on a motion picture. To better understand this dynamic, we have invited Deborah Moore, former executive VP of New Line Cinema Productions, to draw her 25 years of expereince as a studio exec and producer.

The panel will be held at the Top of the Town at the Sorrento Hotel in downtown Seattle on Thursday, May 5. Doors will open at 6:30pm with the discussion to begin at 7pm.

The Return of the Fly Films!

Four Seattle-based filmmakers have been selected to showcase their talents by participating in the 2011 Fly Filmmaking Challenge. This year the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) is partnering with Washington Filmworks (WF) to help produce these films. The Fly Films are executive produced by SIFF Artistic Director Carl Spence and SIFF Managing Director Deborah Person, and produced by Washington Filmworks' Executive Director Amy Lillard, Paul Nevius and SIFF Educational Program Manager Dustin Kaspar.
 
For this year's Challenge, SIFF and WF have selected three narrative filmmakers: SJ Chiro, Matthew Clark, and Timothy Watkins, chosen from among Washington's pool of veteran filmmakers to come into the challenge "blind", pulling their main character out of a hat and drawing additional inspiration from an exciting new sound stage location known as the Production Shop.  In addition, a documentary crew made up of youth filmmakers under the mentorship of Reel Grrls will accompany the productions, creating a behind-the-scenes documentary to provide context to the Fly Films process.
 
Reintroduced after a year-long hiatus, the Fly Filmmaking Challenge remains one of SIFF's most popular events.  While the rules of the challenge may change every year, the heart and soul of the challenge remains the same: filmmakers working under a short deadline with limited resources to produce something remarkable.  This year the filmmakers must race the clock using only 2,000 feet of Kodak film, with a week to write a script, three days to shoot, and five days to edit a total of ten minutes of screen time. Films are set to premiere at the 37th Seattle International Film Festival to be held May 19 - June 12, 2011 (exact screening date TBA).
 
"Fly Filmmaking provides the local community an opportunity to showcase the emerging talent of these diverse filmmakers and their outstanding crews," says Carl Spence, Artistic Director for SIFF. "It is truly a celebration of the talent and resources that are so valuable to sustaining our cinematic cultural identity."
 
"The partnership between SIFF and WF really represents the perfect dynamic," continues producer Amy Lillard, who has worked with the Fly Films since 2003. "WF has always been about facilitating production in the state and SIFF are the masters of exhibiting production. The result is a really exciting partnership and ultimately an entertaining program for audiences."
 
The 2011 Fly Filmmaking Challenge is sponsored by Alpha Cine, Bad Animals, Bexel NW, Blue Moon Burgers, Great Northwest Soup Company, Kodak, the Mac Store, Mayor's Office of Film and Music, Modern Digital, Oppenheimer Cine Rental, Pacific Grip and Lighting, Reel Grrls, Rocket Pictures, Screen Actors Guild, Seasonal Goods Catering, Seattle Composer's Alliance, Seattle Grip and Lighting, and Washington Filmworks.

Pulling Focus is back!

"Pulling Focus" is a series of four panels about the business of film that are conceived and designed to speak to a diversity of audience members, from screenwriters to actors, from directors to producers and on to musicians. Moderated by the colorful and charismatic Warren Etheredge from The Warren Report, our goal is to elevate the conversation and design a dialogue that will have a little something for everyone and simultaneously help to give our community a rock-solid education about how business is done in the film industry. Following each panel discussion, the community is invited to continue the conversation at a cocktail reception hosted by the Washington Wine Commission. This initiative has received unprecedented support from Seattle based film arts organizations and is being co-sponsored by the IFP/Seattle, Northwest Film Forum, Northwest Screenwriters Guild, the Seattle Film Institute, the Seattle International Film Festival, the Seattle Office of Film + Music, the Warren Report and Women in Film.

Our first panel will be held at the Top of the Town at the Sorrento Hotel in downtown Seattle on Thursday, March 3rd. Doors will open at 6:30pm with the discussion to begin at 7pm.

The panel discussion will feature special guests Matthew Lillard (SLC Punk, Scream, Scooby Doo), Darrien Gipson (National Director SAG Indie) and Nike Imoru (Casting Director N x NW).  Our first panel discussion topic will be the importance of casting to a production.

Buy your tickets to this fantastic event early by going to the link below. Tickets can also be purchased at the door on the night of the event.

Partner Organization members can enter Discount Code "renewal" to access our Partner Discount prices.

Pulling Focus Pre-Sale Tickets

 

Film Day in Olympia

The Washington Filmworks is helping to organize a Film Day in Olympia on Feburary 27th in support of HB 1554 and SB 5539, to help renew the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program. Please join us and help support this vital program! Click the link below for further information.

Film Day Packet

 

Oscar Benefit Party!

It's that time of year again! Save the date for our 3rd annual Oscar Benefit Party at Spitfire, 2219 4th Avenue Seattle, WA 98121. Doors at 4pm! A $10 cover gets you in the door and into the Oscar pool, with the winner donating the proceeds to a Washington film arts organization of their choice.

Download your ballot and make your picks early!

OSCAR BALLOT

Annual Industry Update

Make sure to save the date for the Annual Industry Update, December 13 at SIFF Cinema.  Join us as we discuss the success of Washington Filmworks past and present, and give you a glimpse of what's in store for the future!

Monday, December 13, 2010
SIFF Cinema
(321 Mercer St 3rd Ave)                                                     
6:00pm Presentation

Immediately following the presentation please join WF staff, board, and members of the community at  Solo Bar for light appetizers and happy hour priced drinks.

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2010 Viral Video Competition

THROUGH THE FILMMAKER'S LENS

Expose your creative vision and share how being part of the local filmmaking industry impacts you and the communities you live in

At Washington Filmworks, our mission is to encourage growth in the film and video production industry for the economic benefit of Washington State. New filmmakers emerge and our artists grow creatively every year producing compelling, dynamic and cutting edge content shown around the globe on screens of all sizes. At Washington Filmworks we celebrate the diversity of artists throughout the state. You, the creative community, are what drives a sustainable film industry, from Seattle to Spokane, from Bellingham to Vancouver.

The “Filmmaker's Lens” competition offers another vehicle through which your voice and work can be heard and seen and gives Washington Filmworks the tools to tell your story. We invite filmmakers (novice to expert) to create 2 minute videos showing how living and working in Washington State impacts your filmmaking process.

Submitted videos can be in any genre or style:
animation
narrative
documentary
music video, etc.

Videos will be posted on a Washington Filmworks' YouTube site for viewing, and where the on-line community can vote on their favorites. A jury will choose one winner from the top five vote getters. The producer of the winning video will receive $3000 and a two-week run at the following theatres:

Northwest Film Forum
Olympia Film Society
Pickford Cinema
SIFF Cinema
The Tacoma Grande Cinema
(other theatres may be added later)

THE FACTS:

Filmmakers statewide are invited to submit digital videos, not to exceed 2 minutes in length, inclusive of credits, to: WF2010VV@washingtonfilmworks.org. The Subject Line needs to read: WF2010: The Filmmakers Lens:

In addition to attaching the video itself, please include a document containing the following production information:

• Title
• Director
• Other Key personnel involved (i.e., Producer, DP, AD’s, Editor, Cast )
• Primary Contact Person (name, phone, address, email address)

Each video produced must be from and by a Washington resident at least 18 years old, and must conform to the official Rules and Washington Filmworks’ “Filmmaker’s Code of Conduct.

Videos will be uploaded by Washington Filmworks to a Washington Filmworks YouTube site where the community will have the opportunity to vote on their favorites.

Votes will be tallied and the top five vote getters will be submitted to a jury of representatives from:

Northwest Film Forum
Olympia Film Society
Pickford Cinema
SIFF Cinema
Tacoma Grand Illusion

The jurors, all of whom will be unaffiliated with any of the eligible videos, will vote and choose the winner to receive the $3000 prize.

The winning video will have a guaranteed 2 week run at each of the participating statewide film organizations.  As well as shown on WF wesbsite and at future WF industry events.

For more information email ruthann@washingtonfilmworks.org or call 206.264.0667

 

COMPETITION RULES:

Submissions for Washington Filmworks’ “Through the Filmmakers Lens” competition must be received at Washington Filmworks between 9:00 AM on September 20 and Noon on November 1, 2010. Washington Filmworks assumes no responsibility for lost, late, incomplete, misdirected, illegible or undelivered submissions.

Each filmmaker may only submit one video for the competition. To be eligible for the prize, the filmmaker must be a Washington State resident, at least 18 years old, and adhere to the Washington Filmworks’ “Filmmaker Code of Conduct.” Entry submissions must include a cover statement with the video’s title and the name(s) of the director, other key personnel (e.g., producers, DP, editor, composer, cast, voices, etc.) and the submitting filmmaker’s resume and contact data (name, phone, email and street address).

Five jurors, unaffiliated with Washington Filmworks or any of the five finalists, will be asked to evaluate the top five vote getters, based on originality, clarity of message, and technical quality. Jurors may also consider the filmmaker’s previous film production experience. The jurors’ decision is final, provided that the winning entry is in conformance with these Rules and the Code of Conduct.

By submitting an application, participants agree to these Rules and the Code of Conduct.

The winning filmmaker will be awarded $3000 and a two week run of the video at each of the participating film organizations. The $3000 will be awarded to the production’s Primary Contact.

Employees, representatives and Board members of Washington Filmworks, and members of their immediate families, are not eligible to participate in the competition.

Submissions must be the original work of the filmmaker making the submission (the “Primary Contact”). The Primary Contact is responsible for clearing all rights from other parties engaged on the project, as well as all for music, trademarks, and any other copyrighted elements used in the video.

Copyright in the submitted videos remains with the filmmaker.

If you are chosen to receive the award, you consent to Washington Filmworks’ non-exclusive use of the video and of your name image, voice and likeness, worldwide, in any and all Washington Filmworks publicity and marketing campaigns, and for the video’s exhibition at the participating theatres. You release Washington Filmworks and the participating theatres from any and all claims arising from such use. You will also be required to sign a statement of qualification to affirm your video conforms to the Code of Conduct and that all rights are cleared. The Code of Conduct is available Here. If you are unwilling or unable to provide such information, documentation or consent, Washington Filmworks reserves the right to present the award to another filmmaker among the finalists. The winning filmmaker will be required to sign an IRS Form W9 and will be responsible for any tax obligations arising from receipt of the award.

If at any time Washington Filmworks is unable to operate the competition as planned (for example, due to technical failures such as a computer virus/bug, or any other event, activity or determination that in Washington Filmworks’ opinion corrupts the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the competition), Washington Filmworks reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to suspend, modify or terminate the competition. In such event, notice will be posted on the Washington Filmworks website.

Monthly Happy Hour

Join us at Spitfire, the last Wednesday of each month, for the monthly Film, Music and Digital Media Happy Hour networking event.

Spitfire will be opened exclusively for the event from 5-7pm is located at 2219 4th Avenue in Belltown (between Blanchard and Bell). Please note the event's new location and we hope to see you there for food, drink and networking!

Event is sponsored by: Washington Filmworks, Seattle Office of Film + Music, The Recording Academy, Washington Interactive Network and Spitfire.