The Washington Filmworks
Board of Directors has approved funding assistance for six new projects,
including four feature films and two commercials. This increases the number of
projects approved since renewal to 15, totaling 86 projects approved through
the standard program since 2007.

This recent batch of
approvals completes our funding cycle for 2012 and represents an estimated 10.2
million dollars injected into the Washington State economy since re-launching
the program on June 7th. WF will accept applications again on January 1st,
2013. Congratulations to our state film industry on all of their
achievements this year!



Governor Chris Gregoire
has appointed our newest Board Member, Paul Matthaeus, to represent interactive
media and emerging forms of motion picture production. Paul Matthaeus started
Digital Kitchen (DK) as the studio for the ad agency he founded in 1992. With
training in photography, filmmaking, advertising and marketing communications,
he chartered DK to advance experimentation and creativity in full-motion
electronic media, leveraged with strategic marketing. DK was twice-voted
best by the Association of Independent Commercial Producers, and in 2002
and 2007 won the Emmy® at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
DK has been nominated for more Emmys than any company of their kind. In 2011,
DK took the Grand Prix at Cannes® for their immersive digital experience
created for the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Matthaeus has been a keynote speaker
for the AIGA, Broadcast Design Association, FlashForward, Hallmark Symposium,
SIGGRAPH, AdClub, INVERGE and Graphic Artist Guild. His books and commentaries
on advertising, technology and creativity in marketing have earned him a
reputation as a futurist and thought leader.





WF was thrilled to receive 23 submissions for
the inaugural Film Cycle of the Filmworks Innovation Lab.
The proposals represent a range of different genres and themes, and came from a
diverse group of resident filmmakers across Washington State. The Lab is
designed to invest in our local creative community and encourage the
development of original storytelling. WF is proud to work with these emerging
filmmakers throughout this rigorous and juried process. We will
announce the recipients of Film Cycle funding assistance at our Annual Industry
Update event on December 12th, 2012. Details about the Innovation Cycle of the
Lab will be released early this winter. The Innovation Cycle is designed to
foster projects that utilize new forms of production and capitalize on shifting
digital distribution paradigms.





WF has been working with
a local economist to design an End of Year Survey for all film industry
professionals to help us answer the question: Why is film important in
Washington State? The survey will help us gather information about how our
local cast and crew build their careers, and how our industry contributes to
the larger creative economy. Surveys will be available in January 2013 and
results will be published in WF’s first ever Annual Update on the FIlm Industry
available early next year. Help us answer the question: Why is film is
by filling out this anonymous survey.





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The Seattle Film Summit
takes place during the 14th Annual Local Sightings Film Festival at the
Northwest Film Forum, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. this
Saturday, September 29th.
The summit is for those in Washington with a
stake in the production or distribution of media content. WF Executive
Director, Amy Lillard, will be a featured panelist along with several other
area and national industry experts. This event is designed as a place for the
community to address concerns and explore various topics, including improving
the business of film in Washington and the future of production in our state.
Attendance is limited and discounts are offered for members of local film
organizations. Find out more and register online.



The next Film
+ Music + Interactive Happy Hour event
 will not follow our
regular schedule. It takes place Wednesday, October 3rd, from 5-7 p.m.
at Spitfire in Belltown. This Happy Hour is designed to help members of the
local film, music, and interactive industries meet and share ideas with current
elected officials, as well as those running to represent Seattle at the local,
state, and national levels. Don’t miss your chance to meet with policy makers
who can directly influence the growth of our state’s creative industries.
Please join us for this very important FMI Happy Hour.