Washington Filmworks (WF) is accepting applications for our Standard Program. WF offers funding assistance for qualified in-state expenditures of up to 30% for motion pictures and episodic series with less than six episodes. WF offers up to 35% for episodic series with at least six episodes. Production must meet the following in-state spending thresholds: 

  • $500,000 Motion Pictures
  • $300,000 Episodic Series
  • $150,000 Commercial
Through Commercialize Seattle, new commercial clients are eligible for up to a 25% return on qualified in-state spend if they work with a Washington based production company. Learn more herePlease contact staff at (206) 264-0667 with inquiries or go to for information.


WF is pleased to announce Governor Jay Inslee has appointed Juan Mas as our newest Board Member. Mas has been entrenched in the indie film world for over 25 years and is a seasoned producer and director of television, film, and theater. He is experienced in a wide range of budgets and has produced film abroad and all over the United States. 


A longtime resident of Spokane, Mas is actively involved with the city’s Film, Theater, Music, and Art scenes through his company Purple Crayon Pictures. He’s a founding member of the Spokane Film Project and 50 Hour Slam Film Festival, and serves on the advisory board for the Spokane Falls Community College Photography/Video department. Mas is an avid advocate for the development of the arts in Spokane and Washington State, but most importantly he is the proud father of 3 amazing children. Join us in welcoming Juan Mas!








Knights of Badassdom is one of three WF incentive films in theaters this month.

Washington incentive films produced in Spokane took screens by storm this month. You can catch three Eastern Washington features in theaters and on VOD and Digital Release. Find detailed information on these productions on the WF Blog

  • Different Drummers has been selling out theaters in Spokane since January 10. The film is based on a true story and is set in Spokane in the 1960s.
  • At Middleton, starring Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga, is the January featured film for the NY Film Critics Series. Watch for the film in select theaters starting January 31.
  • Knights of Badassdom hit the big screen through Tugg this month. The feature stars Peter Dinklage, Ryan Kwanten, Summer Glau, Danny Pudi, and Steve Zahn. It is available on VOD and online beginning on February 11.




                         Laggies celebrated its World Premiere at Sundance 2014.

Congratulations to Washington incentive feature Laggies. According to Variety the North American rights to the film were acquired by A24. The film received many positive reviews at Sundance 2014 and a summer release is being considered. Learn more on the WF BlogLaggies director, and multiyear Sundance veteran, Lynn Shelton was also honored with a 2014 Variety Indie Impact Award. Kudos, Lynn! 



Your W-2s should be en route from your employers shortly. When you receive them remember this simple formula: W-2s = WF. Our new jobs and vendor surveys are coming in February. These surveys help to explain why film is important in Washington State and the information will inform our legislative agenda. Help us better understand how local film professionals create their careers and how our industry contributes to the larger economy.

New this year is a vendor survey for businesses that support motion picture production. All the information in the job and vendor surveys is confidential. Watch for a special email announcement soon with links to both surveys. We’ll get them up on the WF Blog too.


Be sure to check out this Internet spot from Proctor & Gamble Company’s Duracell batteries, which shot in the Emerald City in December. The 60-second online video features Seahawk fullback Derrick Coleman and is getting global attention. To date the spot has been seen more than 12 million times and is a fantastic example of the quality commercial work being produced in Seattle.


The ad was made possible in part by the City of Seattle’s Office of Film + Music (OFM). The office worked closely with the Seahawks, the featured locations, and the production company to complete production quickly. “I am proud of our community and office for being able to make a production like this possible with such little time and over the holidays, but the fact that it’s such a great story makes it all the better,” said OFM Director James Keblas. Learn more on the WF Blog this Thursday.




The WF Blog is a great place to get breaking news about our programs and incentive projects. You can learn about events statewide, discuss trends, and get posts on the business of film. Below are some recent stories. Subscribe to get future posts via email.

Live@Sundance – Big buzz at Sundance 2014 revolved around the endeavor Live@Sundance. This daily YouTube show, with a Washington connection, helped increase access to festival happenings, both inside and outside Park City.

The Architect Brings Hollywood to Everett -This Washington incentive production wrapped after filming in Everett and surrounding areas last fall. A unique partnership between State, County, City, and tourism entities assisted to make this feature film a reality.

Charettes: Get Your Project on This Cart -WF worked with the University of Washington to workshop Innovation Lab projects and their marketing campaigns in a process known as a charette. Learn more about charettes through this partnership.

Film Gets a View of Bellevue – WF recently spent a day in Bellevue, Washington meeting officials and scouting great locations. The visit was inspired by the tremendous interest in the area from local and national production companies.











Film + Music + Interactive Happy Hour is back. It returns this Wednesday with a presentation rooted in the games industry. Brian Schmidt is one of the true pioneers of his field. The 2008 recipient of the Game Audio Network Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Brian has been creating game music, sounds, and cutting edge technology since 1987 for companies such as Electronic Arts, Microsoft, and Capcom. He’ll cover the ways that working on games is different from film/TV/music, including “interactive sounds,” game music, and the sound business climate.  


Join us January 29 at Spitfire in Seattle to kick off the 2014 series of FMI events. This regular networking happy hour is from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, and is open to those 21 and over. Help spread the word about the casual and informative monthly mixer. 







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