Washington Filmworks is the first production incentive program in the country to reserve its funding exclusively for projects that are creatively driven by Washington residents. Known as Local Lens, this groundbreaking new funding strategy is designed to maximize the impact of the funds in the production incentive program and invest in our local creative community.
In addition to the incredible economic impact that local film projects have in communities across the state, Local Lens will help to sustain our statewide film industry by:
Washington Filmworks offers funding assistance for qualified in-state expenditures of up to 30% for motion pictures and episodic series with less than six episodes, and up to 35% for episodic series with at least six episodes. For commercials, Washington Filmworks offers funding assistance for qualified in-state expenditures of up to 15% for commercials.
Some non-resident labor may qualify for a return of up to 15% if the production meets all eligibility criteria as detailed in the full Guidelines and Criteria, including but not limited to, utilizing at least an 85% Washington resident labor force.
Washington Filmworks requires that all productions receiving funding assistance make industry standard payments for health insurance and retirement benefits for all positions typically covered by a collective bargain agreement.