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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Each year hundreds of creative professionals descend on the state Capitol on Film Day to meet with their state Senator and Representatives. These face-to-face conversations have proven to be one of the most impactful ways in which we convey the important impact our industry has statewide. Check out our new tee shirt and wear it to Film Day in Olympia on Monday, March 13, 2017!
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.
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.