Washington Filmworks invited Kathleen McInnis to pen a guest post designed to help filmmakers think strategically about working the film festival circuit. McInnis has guided films through their festival premieres at Toronto, Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, Karlovy Vary, Galway and San Sebastian film festivals among many others. She has been a festival programmer and director at such festivals as Seattle, Slamdance and Palm Springs ShortFest.
Word out of Los Angeles is that the film industry is packing its bags. According to Film L.A., the non-profit organization that coordinates permitting for entertainment shot on location in Los Angeles County, many filming categories they track are in decline, some experiencing severe losses.
Haven’t had the opportunity to catch all the recent Washington-produced films yet? No problem. October is a great month to watch several of these movies through your local cable provider, stream them online, rent on DVD, or catch them in theaters.
Don’t miss this opportunity to meet with policy makers who can directly influence the growth of our state’s creative industries. Join us tonight, 10/3/12, from 5-7 p.m. at the Film Music and Interactive Happy Hour in Seattle.
This guest post is from Ben Andrews, independent filmmaker and co-founder of Evil Slave LLC. His passion lies in creating a truly viable and robust film industry in the state of Washington. Ben is one of the organizers of the Seattle Film Summit, which will be held at the Northwest Film Forum this Saturday, Sept. 29th, in conjunction with the Local Sightings Film Festival. The summit is a day-long, participant-directed conference, where attendees and speakers address the tough questions of the local film business.
Governor Chris Gregoire has appointed our newest Board Member, Paul Matthaeus, to represent interactive media and emerging forms of motion picture production. Paul Matthaeus started Digital Kitchen (DK) as the studio for the ad agency he founded in 1992.
This year members of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) voted to merge into one union, known as SAG-AFTRA. For this week’s guest blog post, Dena Beatty graciously answers questions from Washington Filmworks about the effects of this merger on area talent and producers.
Change. A major change in how we think about financing independent film has not only arrived, it is maturing – crowd funding. And more change is coming. It seems that everyoneis embracing this newest gift to the “democratization” of the filmmaking journey. But is the change all, and only, good? Does the “gift” come with a catch?
One Square Mile marks one of ten projects approved for funding assistance through Washington Filmworks after the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program was renewed during Washington’s 2012 legislative session. These ten projects will inject an estimated $8.6M in the statewide economy in five short months.