Washington Filmworks has approved funding
assistance for a national commercial from LA based production company
Nonfiction Unlimited. This project marks a total of 76 projects approved
through the program since our inception in 2007. We continue to accept applications
for funding assistance from productions wishing to film in Washington

If you have a project that
qualifies, please contact our office at (206) 264-0667 or find out more
at www.WashingtonFilmworks.org.




WF is proud to launch our newest funding
assistance program – the Filmworks Innovation Lab. The program is designed to
foster entrepreneurial innovation in Washington’s filmmaking industry. Funding
assistance through the Filmworks Innovation Lab will be administered in two

    • Cycle 1, Emerging Filmmakers

(opening Aug. 2012) – This cycle will provide funding assistance for Washington
resident filmmakers who create projects with budgets in the $50K-$499K window.

  • Cycle 2, Innovation (opening
    January 2013) – This cycle is designed to support projects that utilize new
    forms of production and emerging technologies.


More information coming in July.

Want to hear from us when
the Full Guidelines & Criteria are online? Send a request to lab@washingtonfilmworks.org and we’ll let you know
when information about the Filmworks Innovation Lab goes live.





Washington Filmworks seeks a full-time
Administrative Assistant to provide a full range of support services for the
office and the Executive Director. The ideal candidate must be resourceful,
have excellent communication skills, and be able to prioritize tasks and agenda

See the full job description here.

All candidates selected for an in-person
interview, must be available on Friday Aug. 3rd.

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. on July 27, 2012.

No phone calls please.






Washington Filmworks wouldn’t be the same without the blood, sweat and tears of Accounting Manager, Julie Daman.  Sadly, we’re not going to have Julie around as our Accounting Manager any longer… because she’s now our Director of Finance and Operations!  Congratulations, Julie!  We couldn’t do it without you.

We are delighted that Jessie Wilson will continue with us through the end of 2012.  Jessie has been with WF as a Communications Consultant since last November.  She’ll be taking on the responsibilities of Programs and Communications Coordinator (Interim) as she works with us to build several new initiatives.

See Julie and Jessie’s bios. here.







Washington Filmworks would like to congratulate
the cast and crew of the feature film “Grassroots” who have recently
taken Seattle by storm. The Washington incentive film was acquired by Samuel
Goldwyn Films and opened locally on June 22.  You can see it at the
Landmark Harvard Exit. “Grassroots” will hit theaters in Portland on
June 29 and in New York City on July 13th. The feature, directed by Stephen
Gyllenhaal, was also the closing night film of the 2012 Seattle International
Film Festival.

Mayor Mike McGinn proclaimed June 22
“Seattle GRASSROOTS Day” acknowledging that the film is a true story
of a grassroots movement that drew a community together to create change. The
official proclamation called upon public officials, educators, businesses,
communities, volunteers, and all the people of Seattle to observe the day, and
celebrate the powerful changes that can happen when people come together to
make their voices heard. Cheers to that!

See the Seattle GRASSROOTS Day proclamation here.





Cinematographer T.J. Williams (L) and Dir. Jeremy Mackie (R) soak up some Vitamin D at the Palm Springs International Shortfest.

Congratulations to Washington filmmaker, Jeremy
Mackie, and the cast and crew of the locally produced short film “While
You Weren’t Looking.” This short explores the grand adventures of every
child, as told through one incredible trip to the grocery store, and screened
this past weekend at the 2012 Palm Springs International Shortfest.

WF Executive Director, Amy
Lillard, was also in attendance at the festival. She participated on their
“Producers’ Landscape” panel, which was designed as a place for
independent producers to talk about the current landscape of film, including
the creative, financial, marketplace and logistical considerations of making
and marketing films.



The next Film + Music + Interactive Happy Hour
event is tomorrow 6/27/12. 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

This month, Line Sandsmark, Board President of
the Northwest Film Forum, and Sarah Butler, coordinator of Bellevue Fashion
Week, will present findings from their recent project “The Needle and the
Thread.” The venture is an examination of the issues of talent retention
and economic sustainability in the Northwest’s film and fashion Industries.

The film and fashion industries of the region
have a lot in common – both offer opportunities for job creation, both create a
sense of cultural identity in our communities, and both industries struggle to
retain local talent. Line and Sarah address these themes in their presentation,
and discuss resolutions through education, reinvestment and collaboration.

The 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.
See you there!




If you’re looking for iconic Seattle skyline
shots, it’s hard to beat the view of downtown from Queen Anne’s Kerry Park
Viewpoint, with the Space Needle looming in the foreground and Mt. Rainier in
the distance. But productions looking to get the full picture of Seattle
venture across Elliott Bay to West Seattle’s Don Armeni and Seacrest Parks.


Seacrest Park, Photo Credit: Philip Eichner

Located directly across the water from
Seattle’s downtown piers, Don Armeni and Seacrest are the perfect vantage point
for sunrise, sunset, and nighttime scenic skyline shots.  Productions
ranging from national commercials (Chevy Malibu, Volkswagen, Ford) to feature
films (Late Autumn, Assassins) to TV series (The Phone, Grey’s Anatomy) have
shot at the parks.


Don Armeni, Photo Credit: Philip Eichner

Both Don Armeni and Seacrest are Seattle Parks
properties and permitted under Seattle’s $25 film permit. Don Armeni is a major
boat launch for Puget Sound fishermen, so advance scheduling is required. For
more information visit www.seattle.gov/parks or contact the Seattle
Office of Film + Music at www.seattle.gov/filmandmusic.

You may also contact Washington Filmworks
directly for more information about filming in the Seattle area. (206)