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Washington Filmworks Announces Five Finalists for Innovation Lab

Program designed to support Washington filmmakers using new forms of  production and emerging technologies

Seattle, WA – May 7, 2013 – Washington Filmworks is pleased to announce the five finalists for the inaugural Innovation Cycle of the Innovation Lab. This cycle of the program offers up to $175,000 in funding assistance support and is designed to challenge local filmmakers to create motion picture content that traverses multiple platforms.  Each of the five finalists will move on to the “Pitch Session” of the program where they will be encouraged to present new business and revenue models that leverage Washington’s film infrastructure in the digital era.

CameraA jury of industry experts, representing all facets of motion picture production, multiplatform storytelling, and emerging entertainment models, selected finalists from a diverse pool of twenty-five quality applications. The finalists will pitch their projects this Friday, May 10, in Seattle, and the jury will make funding assistance recommendations to the Board of Directors of Washington Filmworks. Projects that are awarded funding assistance will be announced at the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) this June and will go into production throughout 2013-2014. Please see details below.

The following is a list of the five finalists and their projects:

  • Steve Edmiston, Writer/Producer, The Maury Island Incident
  • Alycia Delmore, Producer/Actor, Rocketmen
  • Kevin Maude, Executive Producer, Project Pluto
  • Tracy Rector, Producer/Director, Salish Sea
  • Lacey Leavitt, Writer/Director, Emerald City 


SIFF Presentation Details

State of the Industry with Amy Lillard – Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 4 pm at the SIFF Film Center in Seattle

Join Amy Lillard, Executive Director of Washington Filmworks, to learn how the film office, the production incentive and the statewide industry can work together to bring filmmakers in Washington State to the next level.

About WF: Washington Filmworks is the non-profit 501(c)(6) organization that manages the state film and production incentive programs. Its mission is to create economic development opportunities by building and enhancing the competitiveness, profile and sustainability of Washington’s film industry.We do this by creating possibilities for local and national filmmakers, offering comprehensive production support, as well as financial incentives.