In recent weeks, Washington Filmworks has been travelling the state to discuss our film community’s legislative success.  We’ve also been addressing how the film office, the production incentive, and the statewide industry can work together to make the most of the future of filmmaking in Washington.  The community came out to participate in late May, as the conversation took place at events in both Spokane and at the Seattle International Film Festival.  We took the opportunity to explain some of the program changes at WF as a result of the new legislation.

One of the most exciting developments is the launch of a new program called the Filmworks Innovation Lab, designed to offer financial assistance and professional development opportunities for accepted applicants.  The Lab provides funding for Washington resident filmmakers who create projects with budgets in the $50K-$499K window.  The Lab also addresses digital distribution changes in the industry by fostering projects that utilize new forms of production and emerging technologies. Watch for the launch of the Filmworks Innovation Lab on our website in early July.

If you weren’t able to join us, our friends at the Seattle Channel taped the SIFF presentation.  Listen as WF Executive Director, Amy Lillard, gives the Seattle version of the presentation.

A .pdf of the Spokane presentation also is provided here:

WF Spokane Presentation