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Washington Filmworks, Seattle / Production Incentive Program / Call for Filmmakers

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It’s the news Washington State’s film community has been waiting for…..

Washington Filmworks is pleased to announce that it is the first production incentive program in the country to reserve its funding exclusively for projects that are creatively driven by Washington residents. Known as Local Lens, this groundbreaking new funding strategy is designed to maximize the impact of the funds in the production incentive program and invest in our local creative community.

A Look at Local Lens

Over the past year, Washington Filmworks has been working closely with the statewide film community and the Film Leadership Council to re-shape the production incentive program into Local Lens. 

Each conversation during this listening tour brought valuable insight into how Washington Filmworks could use the limited funds available in the incentive program to help sustain the industry and raise the profile and competitiveness of our industry in the national marketplace. Washington Filmworks was able to identify four key goals for designing a new funding strategy, namely:

·    Invest in local creatives.
·    Support a statewide talent pipeline.
·    Encourage industry standard practices.
·    Don’t follow the traditional Hollywood model—do it the Pacific Northwest way!

“The local films that we have financially supported in the past have built an ever-growing audience worldwide for our Pacific Northwest style of visual storytelling,” said Amy Lillard, Executive Director of Washington Filmworks. “It became increasingly clear that we could grow, support and empower more of the same if we invested the incentive dollars in our dynamic Washington State filmmakers and their creatively driven projects.”

Eligibility Criteria

Local Lens is meant to fund projects that are creatively driven by Washington residents. Approved projects must hire a minimum threshold of Washington resident cast and crew and require a minimum number of production days in Washington State.

To learn more about the specific eligibility requirements, please see the full Guidelines & Criteria.

Want the cheat sheet? Check out the filmmaker fact sheet on the new program.

Application Window

On March 18 (Film Day!), the application window will open to all fully funded projects that want to film at any point in the calendar year. The window to apply to Local Lens will be March 18-April 1.


Eligible media

Film/Media Arts