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How Section 181 Helps Washington Filmmakers

September 18, 2013 Blog, Resources
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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.

VOD Options for Independent Films and Series

July 9, 2013 Blog, Resources
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Washington Filmworks wanted to remind local filmmakers and content creators about the fantastic article covering VOD resources for independents that Douglas Horn put together on his blog this March. He’s hard at work on a follow up piece with even more information, which we aim to share as it becomes available.

Washington: Permission to Film

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Once you find that unspoiled location in the perfect town it’s time to secure permission to film there. But with nearly five hundred municipalities in Washington, where does a filmmaker start?

Explore Independents with STIFF

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The Seattle True Independent Film Festival (STIFF) begins its 9th year tonight, May 3. STIFF is dedicated to the exhibition of independent, underground, and experimental films.

Seattle: Your One-Stop Permit Shop

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The Seattle Office of Film + Music is your one-stop permit shop for all film work on public City of Seattle property. Our office issues over 350 film permits per year and has a 75 year filmmaking history from Tugboat Annie, to Sleepless In Seattle and Northern Exposure, to Humpday and Eden. Seattle has done and seen it all.Film permits are a critical component when you are filming or staging vehicles and equipment on public property. Film permits allow you first right for the public locations you are working.

Filmworks Innovation Lab – Next Steps

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Applicants participating in the Film Cycle of the Filmworks Innovation Lab are nearing their next hurdle in the process. Detailed Information Packages are due to WF via email by 11:59 PM Thursday April 4, 2013. Please email to

This blog post may grow over the coming week as more Frequently Asked questions are asked and addressed. Check back.

And the Crowd Goes Wild

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Two words, Veronica Mars. Many know the name from the popular crime-drama series that ended in 2007 after 3 seasons. Yesterday the series began making a lot of noise on the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. In less than 10 hours the campaign known as the “Veronica Mars Movie Project” surpassed it goal of $2 million, potentially rewriting the way studios and filmmakers fund future endeavors.

Film is Brewing in Tacoma

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A group of passionate filmmakers have come together to form the 253 Film Collective. This group is dedicated to fostering a vibrant and sustainable film and media community in Tacoma, by encouraging, mentoring, and promoting local filmmakers and businesses.

Evolution of the Gaming Console

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Gaming consoles have evolved by leaps and bounds from what they were a decade ago. Today’s consoles not only act as a platform to play games, but also allow users to watch HD & Blu-ray disks, store & listen to music, and connect to the Internet. By connecting to the Internet, users are able to play video games with people around the word, and access more content. Game console owners can now access YouTube, Hulu, and Netflix and stream content in a matter of minutes.

Breaking the 4th Wall

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Lance Weiler is challenging the ways that the motion picture content and audiences interact to create an immersive, transmedia experience. He believes that the next generation of motion picture content lies beyond the “fourth wall.” Each of Mr. Weiler’s projects explore the innovative potential of multiplatform storytelling.