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Thanks for Coming to Film Day 2020!

February 13th, 2020 Posted by blog 0 comments on “Thanks for Coming to Film Day 2020!”

Film Day 2020 was a smashing success! And it’s all because of you. Despite the rain, over 100 people represented a majority of the legislative districts across Washington State, meeting with elected officials and legislative staff to remind them how the film industry impacts Washington State through job creation, economic activity, and cultural enrichment.

It was also a day of “mixing and mingling” as film industry professionals across the state participated in informational sessions with Women in Film, Union Leadership and Washington Filmworks. And thanks to those film professionals that helped our ongoing advocacy efforts by participating in the video testimonials captured by the faculty and students from Shoreline Community College!

Your support helps #KeepFilminWA. Check out our photo gallery of the day below:

Film Day 2020 in Olympia: What You Need To Know

January 16th, 2020 Posted by blog 0 comments on “Film Day 2020 in Olympia: What You Need To Know”

Tuesday, January 21 is Film Day 2020 in Olympia!

Even if you didn’t RSVP, you can still join us to meet your legislators face-to-face and remind them how the film industry impacts Washington State through job creation, economic activity, and cultural enrichment.

Here’s a quick snapshot of what you need to know before heading to Olympia….

Base Camp:

The United Churches of Olympia*

110 Eleventh Ave SE, Olympia WA 98501

*Please Note:  This is a NEW LOCATION for Film Day and it is not located on the Capitol Campus.  Base Camp is located across the street from the Capitol Campus. 

Schedule: 

8:30 am – Registration at The United Churches of Olympia

 9:30 am – Industry Welcome at The United Churches of Olympia

 10:00am – 2:00pm – Meetings with Legislators on the Capitol Campus

What to Expect: When you arrive in Olympia, please go to Base Camp at The United Churches of Olympia for check-in. Once registered at check-in, you will be assigned legislative meetings to attend. Recommended dress is business casual and please don’t forget to wear green (or your Keep Film in WA tee-shirt). 

Activities at Film Day:  If you have time between meetings, visit the Base Camp and take part in various activities such as filming video testimonials, meet-and-greets with Women in Film, Washington Filmworks and Union Leadership, or even write thank you letters to your legislators! 

Last Day to RSVP for Film Day is January 15, 2020

January 14th, 2020 Posted by blog 0 comments on “Last Day to RSVP for Film Day is January 15, 2020”

Don’t let the snow stop you!

Don’t let the weather stop you from this important opportunity to meet with legislators face-to-face and remind them how the film industry impacts Washington State through job creation, economic activity, and cultural enrichment.

If you’re not working next Tuesday, PLEASE come out and help raise the profile of film in Washington State at Film Day.

Elected officials need to see your face and hear your story, so that they understand that the film industry is powered by the people that live and work in Washington State.

Film Day 2020
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Olympia, Washington
Registration – 8:30 am
Industry Welcome – 9:30 am
Meetings with Legislators – 10:00am – 2:00pm

Join us!

Click here to RSVP
Registration closes on Wednesday, January 15.

We will send out an RSVP packet closer to the date with more detailed information.

Questions? Email us at Info@KeepFilminWA.com

RSVP for Film Day 2020

January 3rd, 2020 Posted by blog 0 comments on “RSVP for Film Day 2020”

RSVP for Film Day in Olympia, Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Film Day provides an opportunity for you to meet with legislators face-to-face to remind them how the film industry impacts Washington State through job creation, economic activity, and cultural enrichment.

Elected officials need to hear from YOU about why film is important in Washington State.

Film Day conversations with Representatives and Senators are a powerful way to communicate how vital the film industry is to Washington State and to discuss the importance of the Washington Filmworks production incentive program in building a strong and robust creative economy.

Click here to RSVP no later than Wednesday, January 15.

And did you miss out on purchasing your Keep Film in WA tee-shirt last year?
You can buy one here .

We will send out an RSVP packet closer to the date with more detailed information.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Save the Date for FILM DAY!

December 19th, 2019 Posted by blog 0 comments on “Save the Date for FILM DAY!”

Invest in your future and attend Film Day in Olympia on
Tuesday, January 21!

Holiday hustle and bustle may be your focus these days…But come January, it will be #KeepFilminWA time again with Film Day in Olympia!

Film Day provides an opportunity for you to meet with your legislator face-to-face to remind them how the film industry impacts Washington State through job creation , economic activity , and cultural enrichment.

Elected officials need to hear from YOU about why film is important in Washington State.

Film Day conversations with Representatives and Senators are a powerful way to communicate how vital the film industry is to Washington State and to discuss the importance of the Washington Filmworks production incentive program in building a strong and robust creative economy.

RSVP information coming to your inbox on January 3!

Questions? Email us at Info@KeepFilminWA.com

RSVP for FILM DAY 2019

February 1st, 2019 Posted by blog 0 comments on “RSVP for FILM DAY 2019”

On Film Day, creative professionals and businesses that provide support and services for motion picture production will convene in Olympia to show their support for the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program (MPCP) and Washington’s film industry. And with 1 in every 5 legislators being newly elected, it’s important that these newly elected Senators and Representatives hear from our industry!

Behind the Olympia Curtain – July 2017

July 24th, 2017 Posted by blog 0 comments on “Behind the Olympia Curtain – July 2017”

July 20th marked the last day of the 2017 Washington State Legislature’s 30-day special session. With elected officials returning home to their districts, this edition of Behind the Olympia Curtain marks the last update from the Keep Film in WA campaign for the 2017 Legislative Session. 

A 10-Year Renewal

After years of effort in Olympia and around the state, the Keep Film in WA campaign finally secured an unequivocal and momentous victory early this month, when the House and Senate passed a tax preference package that included a 10-year extension for the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program (MPCP). Whether the renewal of the MPCP would be included in the final operating budget, and, if it was, the duration of the renewal, both remained up in the air as late as June 30.

The legislation that finally emerged late that night, which provides for the continued existence of the State Film Incentive and State Film Office through 2027, represents a solid foundation to build on in the years to come.

Bill Signing in Olympia

On Friday July 7, members of the film community from across Washington piled into Governor Inslee’s office for the signing of the bill. Even after the official announcement on June 30 that the 10-year renewal would be included in the budget, there remained a measure of relief that could only be granted by the Governor’s pen.

For more photos from Olympia, please see our blog post about the event.

Celebrating in Seattle and Spokane

Still basking in the afterglow of the hard-fought victory, we’ve been hitting the road to commemorate the renewal with friends around the state. On Thursday July 20, we convened with the Seattle film community at Saint John’s on Capitol Hill. Just a couple months earlier we’d all been in this same room, raising a glass despite the uncertainty of the coming first special session. Now, with the three special sessions behind us and our legislation in the books, the added sense of relief was palpable. 

After our Seattle event, we travelled to Spokane, where the always enthusiastic community welcomed special guest Representative Marcus Riccelli (3, D), a prime sponsor and tireless advocate of the renewal bill.

Also in the room was former State Senator Lisa Brown, one member of the legislative leadership team that helped launch the program during the 2006 legislative session.

For more photos from our events in Spokane and Seattle, check out our Facebook album.

See You Soon, Bellingham!

On August 8, Washington Filmworks Executive Director Amy Lillard will be a guest at Bellingham Film’s bimonthly mixer. Amy will be discussing the passage of the renewal and give a preview of where we go from here. We’d love to see you there!

 

Bellingham Film August Mixer & Panel Discussion: Costume Design
Pickford Film Center
1318 Bay Street, Bellingham
Tuesday, August 8, 6 pm – 9 pm
RSVP on Facebook

Sending Our Thanks

Now that our 2017 legislative campaign is firmly behind us, it’s a great time to follow up with elected officials. If you were in touch with your Senator or Representatives during this long legislative session, don’t forget to reach out to them with a message of thanks and let them know how much their support is appreciated by the Washington State film community.

Let’s Celebrate

July 17th, 2017 Posted by blog 0 comments on “Let’s Celebrate”

Join Us for Events in Seattle, Spokane, and Bellingham

You’ve probably heard by now that last Friday, Governor Inslee signed the bill renewing the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program for a full 10 years. By any measure, this is a huge success for our campaign.

The advocacy efforts of the statewide film industry have been the lifeblood of this campaign, and this moment represents the culmination of years of hard work and dedication. Whether it was showing up for Film Day (this year… last year… the year before that… or maybe all three), sharing your story in our Faces of Film campaign, writing a letter to your local newspaper, or calling your state legislators, it was through your collective efforts that this legislation became law. 

It’s your unwavering support and persistence that made everything possible…  and now it’s time to CELEBRATE!!

Please join us for one of our three celebratory events in Seattle, Spokane, and Bellingham. There will be food and libations-and at least a toast or two! So come raise a glass with us to celebrate our past, our present, and the next 10 years. 

Seattle 

Thursday, July 20
5 – 7 pm
Saint John’s Bar and Eatery
719 East Pike Street, Seattle

Spokane

Saturday, July 22
5 – 7 pm
Scratch
1007 West First Avenue, Spokane

Bellingham (as part of Bellingham Film’s mixer event)

Tuesday, August 8
6 – 7:15 pm mixer, presentation @ 7:15
Pickford Film Center
1318 Bay Street, Bellingham

The Bill Becomes Law!

July 10th, 2017 Posted by blog 0 comments on “The Bill Becomes Law!”

On Friday July 7, the staff and board of Washington Filmworks joined members of Washington State’s film industry at the State Capitol as Governor Jay Inslee signed the bill to renew the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program for 10 years.

With this act, the Governor mandated the continued existence of the Washington State Film Office and Film Incentive through 2027, bringing reliable work to our state’s film community, generating economic growth, and facilitating film production across our state in countless ways.

After the uncertainty of a lengthy budget negotiation, Friday’s bill signing ceremony was a decisive win for the Keep Film in WA campaign—and an undeniable relief from the last few months of nail-biting. This ceremony marks the beginning of a renewed commitment to Washington filmmakers by legislators in Olympia, and we look forward to working together to expand on the solid foundation that was built during the first decade of the MPCP. 

 

Credit: Washington Filmworks

Big House Production owner George Riddell and Washington Filmworks Program Manager of Production Services Krys Karns

 

Credit: Washington Filmworks

Casting Director Nike Imoru and President of SAG-AFTRA Seattle Rik Deskin

 

Credit: Washington Filmworks

Washington Filmworks Executive Assistant Chuy Garcia and Chairman of the Board of Directors Don Jensen

 

Credit: LSS Photography

Dave Jacobsen of Teamsters 174 shakes hands with Governor Inslee, directly following the signing of the bill

 

Credit: Jeff Lillard

WF Board Alum Becky Bogard with Krys Karns

 

Credit: Jeff Lillard

Clatter and Din Co-Founder Peter Barnes

 

Credit: Jeff Lillard

Washington Filmworks Staff and Board of Directors Members

 

Credit: Jeff Lillard

Washington Filmworks Staff

 

Credit: Jeff Lillard

Join us in Olympia for Signing Ceremony

July 5th, 2017 Posted by blog, get involved 0 comments on “Join us in Olympia for Signing Ceremony”

Governor Inslee to Sign Bill on Friday, July 7th

The bill to renew the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program (which passed the House and Senate as part of a tax preference package on Friday, June 30th) will be signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee on Friday, July 7th at 1:30 pm. The bill maintains the program at its current level and renews the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program for 10 years (until July 1, 2027).

The bill to renew the program would never have passed if it was not for the unwavering support of creative professionals across the state. Please consider joining us on Friday, July 7th for the bill signing ceremony so that we can celebrate our collective success!

If you are interested in attending, please email Washington Filmworks Executive Director Amy Lillard (Amy@WashingtonFilmworks.org) and let her know you plan to attend. Once we receive your RSVP, we will send out detailed information about where to be and when.

Please consider joining us for this momentous occasion. We would love to see you there!

The Keep Film in WA Team