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Action Alert: Sign in to Support HB 1914

January 23rd, 2022 Posted by blog 0 comments on “Action Alert: Sign in to Support HB 1914”

The Film Industry Is Knocking It Out of the Park

January 19th, 2022 Posted by blog 0 comments on “The Film Industry Is Knocking It Out of the Park”

Virtual Film Day 2022 IS HERE!

January 18th, 2022 Posted by blog 0 comments on “Virtual Film Day 2022 IS HERE!”

Read here for everything you need to know about Virtual Film Day 2022!

 

FORGET TO RSVP?
We got you! HERE is the schedule of meetings with elected officials. If you are available to attend the meetings from your district, fill out this form and we will email you a video conference link to attend the meeting.
Film Day meetings often continue to shift the day of the event. The most up to date information about meeting times will be posted on this spreadsheet. If one of your meeting times has changed, email us at [email protected], and we will send you the updated information. 
 
Before you meet, peruse these easy-to-digest resources that will help make your (Virtual) Film Day fun and EASY! 
 

How to Lobby: A quick one-pager with tips and tricks about what to do in your meeting. And if you’re uncomfortable with Zoom calls, check out this article that highlights 10 Tips for a Successful Video Conference. 

 
Bios for Your Elected Officials: Get to know your elected official before your meeting by reading their bios. 
 
Bill Information: Looking for a little bit more information about the bill to increase the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program? Check out our fact sheet about the bill and the program. 
 
Feedback Form: After each meeting, PLEASE fill out our feedback form so that we know if your elected official(s) support our industry. 
 
And just for fun, we created a Keep Film in WA virtual background for our Zoom calls. You can download it here. Don’t know how to upload a new virtual background? Check out the “User” section on this Zoom webpage for a step-by-step guide. 
 
We have assigned a meeting lead to attend every confirmed appointment. This individual will help facilitate introductions and keep the meeting on track. So no need to stress over not knowing everything about the bill or much about the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program. The program lead is there to help! 
 
If one or more of your elected officials were unable to confirm a meeting with constituents on Film Day. We would like to encourage you to spend 20 minutes today to write and call your Senator and Representatives to share your personal story. In your communication, tell them that you are a constituent in their district and why you think supporting the film industry is important. And please ask them to support Senate Bill 5760 and House Bill 1914 that would increase funding for the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program.
 
And if you missed our Pre-Film Day Pep rally you can watch it on Washington Filmworks’ YouTube Channel.  There’s lots of information here but just know we are here to support you! If you have any questions or run into any issues on Film Day, email us at [email protected] or call the Washington Filmworks’ office at 206-264-0667. 

VIRTUAL FILM DAY IS (almost) HERE. Pre-party with us!

January 17th, 2022 Posted by blog 0 comments on “VIRTUAL FILM DAY IS (almost) HERE. Pre-party with us!”

Action Alert: SB 5760 Hearing on Tues, Jan. 18

January 16th, 2022 Posted by blog 0 comments on “Action Alert: SB 5760 Hearing on Tues, Jan. 18”

The Bills Have DROPPED

January 11th, 2022 Posted by blog 0 comments on “The Bills Have DROPPED”

Senator Wellman joins Representative Marcus Riccelli

to champion bills to increase funding for the

Motion Picture Competitiveness Program

We are pleased to announce that bills have been introduced in the Senate and House of Representatives to increase funding for the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program to $20 million annually. Senate Bill 5760 (SB 5760) is prime sponsored by Senator Lisa Wellman (D, 41st LD) and House Bill 1914 (HB 1914) is prime sponsored by Representative Marcus Riccelli (D, 3rd LD.)

In addition to increasing funding for the program, the bills also give Washington Filmworks the statutory authority to do career connected learning, workforce development and business development which will allow the organization to expand its groundbreaking Media Mentorship Program. Some administrative changes are also included in the legislation such as updating board positions and increasing the total amount any one business can contribute to the fund. 

The bills mirror each other and will be referred to committees in the Senate and House of Representatives. Washington Filmworks will be working with leadership in both chambers to schedule hearings. Representative Shelly Short (R, 7th LD) has also introduced Senate Bill (SB 5640) which increases the fund to $25 million annually and allocates $6.5 million of that money to filming in rural jurisdictions. To get the most up to date information on the bill, sign up for Washington Filmworks’ newsletter. 

Sen. Lisa Wellman, D-41

“Film – major motion pictures, episodic streaming shows, independent and studio productions – are experiencing a surge. Content is definitely king. Washington has cast and crew talent and extraordinary technology support. If we want to support and grow our creative economy, we must compete and offer financial incentives. This bill makes Washington a player and will bring projects and their funds to communities across the state,” said Senator Lisa Wellman.

 

“It’s a short 60 day session and it’s time to engage,” said Amy Lillard, Executive Director of Washington Filmworks. “Elected officials won’t remember the metrics and data about our program, they will remember your personal story about why film matters to you. Your voice matters in this process and success depends on the community using their voice and our collective power to make this happen.”

 

What can you do to support the effort? Well, we are glad you asked!

CALL TO ACTION

RSVP FOR FILM DAY

(Virtual) Film Day is Wednesday, January 19. Since Film Day is virtual this year, it means you can advocate for our industry from the comfort of your own living room! RSVP HERE no later than 5:00 pm on Monday, January 17th. Meetings with elected officials will take place via video conference and give our community an opportunity to tell our story and talk about the vital role that film plays in supporting Washington’s creative economy

TUNE IN TO “BEHIND THE OLYMPIA CURTAIN”

To keep up to date on all of the activity during this short 60-day legislative session, tune into “Behind the Olympia Curtain,” our weekly (less than 20 minutes) show LIVE EVERY THURSDAY at 5:00 pm on Washington Filmworks’ YouTube Page. Each show will feature breaking news, special guests and ways that you can get involved with the Keep Film in WA campaign.

Join us this week as we welcome Location Manager Dave Drummond as we talk all about how to make the most out of Film Day 2022.  

Got questions?  Send us an email at [email protected].

Miss the first Behind the Olympia Curtain? Watch it here.

January 7th, 2022 Posted by blog 0 comments on “Miss the first Behind the Olympia Curtain? Watch it here.”

Miss the first instalment of “Behind the Olympia Curtain?”

Watch it below and tune in next Thursday!

Behind the Olympia Curtain debuted last night. This weekly 20-minute streaming series will continue throughout the legislative session and will include breaking news, special guests and ways that you can get involved with the Keep Film in WA campaign. Hosted by Amy Lillard, this week’s special guest was lobbyists Becky Bogard. Watch below where they discussed what to expect in the upcoming legislative session and the importance of RSVPing for Film Day!

CALL TO ACTION – RSVP FOR FILM DAY!

(Virtual) Film Day is Wednesday, January 19. Since Film Day is virtual this year, it means you can advocate for our industry from the comfort of your own living room!  RSVP HERE no later than 5:00 pm on Monday, January 17th.  Meetings with elected officials will take place via video conference and give our community an opportunity to tell our story and talk about the vital role that film plays in supporting Washington’s creative economy. These meetings also provide an excellent opportunity to advocate for the bill that will significantly increase funding for the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program!

RSVP for FILM DAY 2022 – Tune In for Behind the Olympia Curtain

January 4th, 2022 Posted by blog 0 comments on “RSVP for FILM DAY 2022 – Tune In for Behind the Olympia Curtain”

(Virtual) Film Day 2022 is Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Join us for (Virtual) Film Day on Wednesday, January 19, 2022.  Meetings with elected officials will take place via video conference and give our community an opportunity to tell our story and talk about the vital role that film plays in supporting Washington’s creative economy. These meetings also provide an excellent opportunity to advocate for the bill that will be introduced this session that will significantly increase funding for the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program!

And since Film Day is virtual this year, it means you can advocate for our industry from the comfort of your own living room!  RSVP HERE no later than 5:00 pm on Monday, January 17th. 

TUNE IN

To keep up to date on all of the activity during this short 60-day legislative session, tune into “Behind the Olympia Curtain,” our weekly (less than 20 minutes) show EVERY THURSDAY at 5:00 pm. Each show will feature breaking news, special guests and ways that you can get involved with the Keep Film in WA campaign. Tune in to our first episode THIS THURSDAY at 5:00 pm when we chat with lobbyists Cody Arledge and Becky Bogard about what to expect during the upcoming legislative session. 

RSVP TODAY

And don’t forget to RSVP for (Virtual) Film Day TODAY! Elected officials need to hear from you about why film is important in Washington State!

Got questions?  Send us an email at [email protected].

There Should Be More Seattle Movies Filmed in Seattle

December 28th, 2021 Posted by blog 0 comments on “There Should Be More Seattle Movies Filmed in Seattle”

Governor Inslee Includes the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program In Proposed Supplemental Budget

December 23rd, 2021 Posted by blog 0 comments on “Governor Inslee Includes the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program In Proposed Supplemental Budget”

Washington Filmworks is pleased to share the news that Governor Jay Inslee included the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program (MPCP) in his proposed supplemental budget released last week.  The proposed budget allocation would be used to “attract motion picture industry to benefit the state economy.” Governor Inslee has been a longtime supporter of the statewide film industry and signed the bill to extend the MPCP into law in 2017. This marks the first time a financial increase has been included in the Governor’s budget.  We would like to thank the Governor and his cabinet agencies for their support and for including this important increase in their agenda. We look forward to working with our champions to make an increase in the MPCP a reality in the  2022 legislative session.

We would also like to thank those who joined us for our Annual Industry Update on Tuesday, December 14, 2021.  It was an evening full of fun and one industry professional summed up the event on Production Peeps as “Cocktail making, giggles and games, a poem, and hope for the new year!”  Not only did Representative Marcus Riccelli make a surprise appearance to talk about the bill that he will introduce in Olympia in January but there was a fierce trivia competition where everyone walked away a winner!  

If you missed the event live, you can catch up on all the fun and news on Washington Filmworks’ YouTube channel here.

BUT before you disconnect for the holidays, help set up the 2022 Keep Film in WA  campaign for success by signing the Petition of Support!

Petition of Support

We are asking Washington resident cast, crew and film supporters across the state to sign the 2022 Keep Film in WA Petition encouraging elected officials to increase funding for the MPCP. We will use this petition on Film Day and throughout the campaign to remind elected officials just how many people in Washington support a vibrant and working film industry.