What is Keep Film in WA?

Keep Film in WA is a grassroots advocacy campaign powered by creative professionals across Washington State.

Our most immediate goal is to get the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program (MPCP) renewed during the 2017 legislative session in Olympia. Since launching the MPCP in 2007, over 17,500 jobs have been created for Washingtonians and approved film projects have brought in an estimated $116 million of direct in-state spending.

Get Informed
Get Involved
Share Your Story

GET INFORMED

This section of the website is designed to give the community tools and tips about how to lobby. Take a look and find out the information you need to get your voice heard.

How To Lobby

Meeting with your elected officials can be one of the most powerful ways to advocate for the film industry and your career.

Legislators want to hear your thoughts and opinions because you are a constituent. To make the most of your conversation, check out the Meeting With Legislators Tools and Tips document which will help outline the do’s and don’ts of meeting with elected officials.

How To Lobby

Know Your District, Know Your Legislator

There are 49 legislative districts across Washington State and each district elects a Senator and two Representatives. There were some shake-ups during the 2016 election season, so we encourage you to take the time to identify who your legislators are that represent you in Olympia.   You can do that by visiting the Washington State Legislature Finder. If you have recently moved and you are now living in a different legislative district, let us know by sending an email.

Find Your Legislator

Keep Film in WA Fact Sheet

In this tough economic climate, elected officials are looking for innovative ways to bring revenue to the state and to create new jobs. The production incentive program has financially supported over 118 projects since launching the program in 2007. Use the 2017 Keep Film in WA Fact Sheet to get more information about the jobs and dollars that the production incentive program has generated statewide.

Read The Fact Sheet

NEWS AND INFORMATION

For the most up to date information about the 2017 advocacy campaign and to find out about specific Calls to Action, or check out our Keep Film in WA blog here.

GET INVOLVED

The heart and soul of the Keep Film in WA campaign are the powerful voices of our local cast and crew and the inspiring grassroots activism of the statewide film community. Not only is there strength in our numbers but also power in personal stories that remind our elected officials about the important impact of our industry. The Get Involved section of the website is designed to give our community easy and effective ways to reach out to the legislature in support of the renewal of the production incentive program. Read on to find out how you can be involved. And remember – all politics are LOCAL. It is critical that legislators hear from creative professionals and business owners that live or work in their district.

Sign (and Share) the Petition

Whether you are a member of our local cast and crew, a creative professional or just a supporter of film, we encourage you to sign on to the 2017 Keep Film in WA Petition encouraging elected officials to renew the production incentive program.

**Even if you signed the petition in 2016, you MUST sign it again this year to be included.

Sign The Petition

Sign (and Share) the Business Letter of Support

Motion picture production impacts every sector of Washington’s economy. If you own a business that is supported by or works with the film and creative industries, sign on to the 2017 Business Letter of Support.

**Even if you signed on to the Business Letter of Support in 2016, you MUST sign it again this year to be included.

Sign Business Letter of Support

IMPACT

The MPCP is proud to have financially supported projects that have filmed in Washington State between 2007 and 2016. Here are some highlights from the programs economic impact.

0 PROJECTS
have received funding assistance
0 MILLION DOLLARS
estimated direct in-state spending
0 JOBS
created for Washingtonians

SHARE YOUR STORY

Washington’s filmmaking industry is by definition a diverse collection of inspired storytellers and we want to capitalize on that during the 2017 legislative session. Our story is so much more than economic impact data, it’s about the local businesses and resident cast and crew live and work in Washington State. So read on to find out how you can share your personal story with our community and elected officials during the 2017 legislative session.

Faces of Film is a series of photographs intimately highlighting the people and faces behind the films of Washington State, and showing the public and legislators the lives (and livelihoods) that are at stake if the incentive program disappears.

Throughout the legislative session we will be profiling some of the men and women that work behind the scenes in Washington’s film industry. We encourage you to participate as well by sharing your personal story by uploading a photo and using the hashtag #KeepFilminWA. We will be profiling some of these photos via our social media channels and right here on the Keep Film in WA website.





  • We will be issuing a series of calls to action during the 2017 legislative session and we encourage you to use social media channels like Facebook and Instagram to share your story and inspire others to action. And don’t forget to tag everything with #KeepFilminWA.
  • CLICK HERE TO SEE SAMPLE LETTERS
    Looking for inspiration for that letter to your Senator or Representatives? We've curated a wide variety of letters from our local community that you can check out.
  • CALL YOUR REP
    Also, did you know that many elected officials now use Facebook and Twitter to communicate with constituents? Don’t forget to call the offices of your Senator and Representatives to find out all the ways in which you can communicate.

PRODUCTION SPOTLIGHT

Filming happens in communities throughout Washington State. Whether it’s a commercial, a feature film, a non-fiction television show, or a student film, the MPCP (Motion Picture Competitiveness Program) and the state film office works with local and national film professionals to bring these projects to life.

These projects have filmed in every legislative district in the state. Check out our Production Spotlight section to learn what’s been filmed in your hometown! And if you live in a district where something was filmed, share it with your legislators! Don’t know who your legislators are? Find them here