Staff

Amy Lillard

Executive Director

Amy Lillard is the Executive Director of Washington Filmworks and has been with the program since it launched in 2007. Under her leadership, WF has helped over 90 film projects complete principal photography, which have brought an estimated 242 Million dollars to the statewide economy.

Amy Lillard started her career as an independent film publicist out of New York and Los Angeles designing the release campaigns for groundbreaking films such at “The Blair Witch Project,” “American Psycho” and “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.” Amy retired from publicity in 2000 and took a trip around the world. Two years and 42 countries later, she settled in Seattle where she has worked in various capacities including, director of publicity and promotion at SIFF, festival director of the Reel Cinerama Film Festival, and producer of the Fly Filmmaking Challenge.

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Julie Daman

Director of Finance & Operations

After graduating with honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Julie began her career in New York working on the sitcom “Spin City,” starring Michael J Fox. When the production moved to Los Angeles, Julie followed. Julie continued to work in production accounting for both NY and LA based shows such as “Scrubs,” “Hope & Faith” and HBO’s “Entourage,” until 2005 when she became involved in LA’s burgeoning New Media community. Julie began her own New Media production company where she created a weekly podcast, an award winning mini-sitcom web series, as well as produced work for clients such as TBS.com, and promotional web videos for independent music artists. In 2008, eager to learn more about various state film incentives, she worked as a lead accountant on an independently produced feature, “Ms January.” Shortly after she moved to Seattle and joined Washington Filmworks.

Kendra Ann Sherrill

Production Services Coordinator

Kendra Ann Sherrill is a Spokane native and attended the film program at Eastern Washington University, where she was awarded the Best Director and Best Feature-Length Screenplay Awards and was a finalist for the DGA Student Film Awards. She has worked on a variety of Washington State productions, from Captain Fantastic to Z-Nation and was recently the Senior Producer/Editor for the Emmy-award-winning television show Washington Grown. When she is not in production, Kendra is highly involved in her film community, recently serving as the Co-Director of Spokane International Film Festival as well as on the board of arts organizations such as Terrain and the Spokane Film Project.

Amber Cortes

Communications Coordinator

Originally from New Jersey, Amber moved out to Seattle to attend graduate school in the Communications Leadership program at the University of Washington. She’s worked in radio, print journalism and film – her short documentary Luchadora premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival in 2015. Amber is passionate about supporting art and nonprofits through communications work. “The art and film community here in Seattle and Washington is so vibrant and supportive,” she says, “And I am dedicated to helping make it stronger by connecting people, ideas and places in new, creative ways.” When she’s not writing blog posts and updating social media with the latest film news, she is enjoying a show, film screening or gallery opening somewhere in Seattle.

Mikayla Nicholson

Competitiveness Coordinator

Once called “more movie than person,” Mikayla Tianli Nicholson is Washington Filmworks’ Competitiveness Coordinator.  Mikayla is a recent transplant to Seattle and spent the past three years working as the Education Outreach Manager and Projectionist at Pickford Film Center in Bellingham, Washington.  In that position she managed the Doc-ED program for middle school students and the Third Eye Cinema series, also serving as a liaison and producing partner for the PBS Indie Lens Pop-Up program.  Mikayla spent three years as the Festival Director of the Bellingham Music Film Festival, and worked in Olympia with the Washington State Democratic Caucus.  She indulged in her passion for movies while working at the video store Film is Truth 24 Times a Second, where she learned that she enjoys Aaron Sorkin’s dialogue, Richard Linklater’s ruminations on time, and anything Agnès Varda.

Marina Vecchi

Motion Picture Completion Package Review Accounting Assistant

Marina Vecchi is a filmmaker and media strategist from São Paulo, Brazil, where she attended the Radio, TV & Film program at Universidade Anhembi Morumbi. Marina began her career in the film industry working for the PR department of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Brazil. While attending university, Marina founded the organization known today as Super Cinema UP, a media outlet with more than 1.3 million followers on social media, including several influential directors and producers; Super Cinema is now one of the most influential media outlets for filmmakers in Brazil. In 2018, Marina was given the opportunity to pursue her Masters in Film Production at Full Sail University in Florida as the first recipient of the Legacy Scholarship, provided to professionals who have made an impact in the Entertainment industry. After graduating with Honors, Marina moved to Los Angeles, where she worked as a Production Assistant in major productions, such as HBO’s Westworld, Kidding, The Goldbergs, and the 2020 Emmy award-winning Youtube original series ‘Could You Survive the Movies?’.