What is Keep Film in WA?

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

The intent is to communicate how vital the film industry is to Washington State and how the Washington Filmworks production incentive program builds a strong and robust creative economy.

Since launching the MPCP in 2007, over 21,700 jobs have been created for Washingtonians and approved film projects have brought in an estimated $138 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 2018 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

Since 2007, the MPCP has financially supported over 126 projects. These motion picture productions have created 21,700 jobs for local residents and invested an estimated $138 million directly into our statewide economy. And in 2019, Washington Filmworks launched Local Lens, a new funding strategy that makes Washington State the first production incentive program in the country to reserve it’s funding exclusively for projects creatively driven by local residents.

2020 Fact Sheet

NEWS AND INFORMATION

For the most up to date information about the 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.

Email A 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, consider sharing this Business Letter of Support.

Find a Sample Letter Here

IMPACT

The MPCP is proud to have financially supported projects that have filmed in Washington State since 2007. Here are some highlights from the program’s 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 continue to highlight that when reaching out to policy makers. Our story is so much more than economic impact data, it’s about the local businesses and resident cast and crew who 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.

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.

 

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