We did it! Now what?!?! Not only is this a great question, it’s also the focus (and title) of a series of informational sessions hosted by Washington Filmworks in Seattle and Spokane to discuss the future of filmmaking in Washington State.


“With the summer shooting season in sight, there is no time for legislative hangovers! Join the WF staff and Board to learn 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 State.”

The conversation will take place in Seattle during the 38th Annual Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) on Saturday, May 19 at 4 p.m. in the SIFF Film Center. SIFF will post more information at www.siff.net in the coming weeks, as they finalize their festival program. Our colleagues in Spokane can join in on the conversation on Thursday, May 31 at 6 p.m. at the Nectar Tasting Room in Spokane.



In order to keep our community informed and involved during the 2012 renewal campaign, WF launched a legislative blog to share calls to action and recent successes with our industry and their elected officials. Now that the legislation that supports the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program has been restored, we wanted to keep the momentum on the blog rolling.

In the coming month we’ll transition Take 2 from a repository for film-related legislative information to a centralized location for informative and educational posts for filmmakers, and news on past & present productions around the state. As an example, check out the latest post “Fore! for Film” which hi-lights a recent and impressive undertaking in Downtown Seattle, which blocked off a major street and turned it into a golf driving range for a lunchtime commercial shoot.

We look forward to interacting with the Washington film community more on the blog throughout Washington Filmwork’s next five years.




If you are a WA based business intersted in supporting our state’s film industry, we ask that you consider a contribution to Washington Filmworks. In-state businesses with a Business & Occupation Tax liability can make cash contributions directly to WF and receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit in return. We can start accepting contributions again after June 7, 2012. If you’re interested in finding out more, please contact us directly at 206-264-0667.











Washington Filmworks is pleased to announce we are seeking a full-time Production Services Coordinator. The primary responsibility of this position is to respond to location and production resource inquiries from motion picture productions. As the first point of contact for filmmakers interested in shooting in Washington State, we seek someone someone with excellent communication skills, who can deliver superior customer service.

The successful candidate will be smart and resourceful, able to think quickly on their feet, and is diligent in seeing a job through to completion. The ideal person will be able to work autonomously, is comfortable handling responsibility, is an effective problem solver, has good time management skills, and thrives on attention to detail. Motion picture production experience and knowledge of entertainment policy & procedures is also required, as well as a deep knowledge of production resources and locations across Washington State.

A college degree is preferred. Compensation DOE. Health Benefits and a transportation stipend is included.

How to Apply:

Submit a resume and cover letter via email to resumes@washingtonfilmworks.org or via fax at 206.382.4343. We stop accepting applications at 5 p.m. May 11, 2012.

No phone calls please.

If you’d like to apply for this exciting position that offers a chance to contribute to the long-term sustainability of Washington’s film industry, see the full job description here:

Production Services Coordinator Job Description



Washington Filmworks would like to announce we are transitioning our primary production directory for cast and crew. We previously referred productions to the Washington Production Index, however our partners at Media Index Publishing have asked us to re-direct people to the Northwest Production Index. You may access this directory at www.nwfilm.com.

Visit the Northwest Production Index and search through their comprehensive listings of qualified crew, producers, directors, post-houses, sound, equipment, and support resources. If you’re a Washington resident and work in film, or manage a business that supports film, you are eligible to list your services on the Northwest Production Index. Contact their friendly staff to find out more about the process here:




The National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) kicks off this Thursday, and runs April 26th to 29th. NFFTY is the largest youth film festival in the world and Washington is insanely proud to be home to this amazing annual showcase of films by directors 22 and under. Just when you thought NFFTY couldn’t get any better, they’ve added an awesome new component – the Future of Film Expo.

The Expo takes place April 27th & 28th during NFFTY at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. It’s happening from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days and it is FREE! The Expo has something for filmmakers and fans of all ages and experience levels, including:

  •  – Exhibitor Booths
  •  – Panels & Workshops
  •  – Industry Experts
  •  – New Technology

Washington Filmworks will be there along with our colleagues from the Seattle Office of Film + Music. Visit our booth at the Future of Film Expo and head over to www.nffty.org for details on the Festival, the Expo, and more.



It’s already here… the April Film + Music + Interactive Happy Hour, will happen tomorrow evening, April 25th. FMI Happy Hour events are held on the last Wednesday of every month in Seattle, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Spitfire in Belltown.

The April Guest Speaker is Beth Barrett, Director of Programming at the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF). Beth will offer a glimpse into the mysterious and wonderful world of film festival programming. Find out what it takes to get your project seen on the festival circuit, both in the U.S. and abroad. As an added bonus, at 7 p.m. Beth will announce the local film lineup for the 2012 SIFF Northwest Connections program.

This event is open to everyone 21 and over. Find out more information on the FMI Happy Hour page. Please help spread the word about this fun and informative monthly mixer. Cheers!





Washington’s San Juan Islands have a long history of playing host to a number of productions. From ‘Practical Magic’ to ‘Free Willy’, the San Juans have amazing locations for a diverse range of motion pictures. The islands are notoriously film-friendly and amenable to all types of movies, from big budget-budget productions to indy darlings.


Speaking of indy darlings, the San Juans recently provided locations for Lynn Shelton’s “Your Sister’s Sister” starring Emily Blunt, Mark Duplass and Rosemarie DeWitt. This film’s stars may be beautiful to look at, but so are the San Juan Islands. You too can take in the sights of “Your Sister’s Sister” in the Official Trailer. It’s also the first EVER, locally-produced Opening Night Film at the 2012 Seattle International Film Festival.

If you’re looking for stunning locations in Washington, be sure to consider the San Juan Islands.

Find out more information here:


Contact Public Relations Manager in charge of Media and Film Stewardship, Robin Jacobson.


888-468-3701 x 6

or 360-378-6822 x 6

You may also contact info@washingtonfilmworks.org for further assistance.