Representative Marcus Riccelli
Will Introduce Bill to Increase Funding For
Motion Picture Competitiveness Program
Legislation increases funding to $20 million annually.
Washington Filmworks is pleased to announce that longtime champion Representative Marcus Riccelli (D, 3rd LD) will prime sponsor a bill in the next legislative session that will make Washington State’s film industry significantly more competitive.
In addition to increasing the funding for the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program (MPCP) to $20 million annually, the bill gives Washington Filmworks the statutory authority to expand diversity equity and inclusion programs like its 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. We continue to work with supporters in the Senate on our companion bill.
“We have seen how successful our neighbors in British Columbia and Oregon have been at fostering the film economy. Washington is a scenic wonderland full of talented professionals. This bill will make Washington more competitive and bring more films and their corresponding economic benefits to our state. I am proud to partner with Washington Filmworks to help enact this needed policy to take our creative economy to the next level.” said Representative Marcus Riccelli.
“We spent this summer talking to elected officials about the important role that the film industry plays in supporting Washington’s creative economy,” said Amy Lillard, Executive Director of Washington Filmworks. “And while Representative Riccelli provides great leadership in Olympia, it’s up to our community to make this happen. We urge you to show up, tell your story and advocate for a bill that could literally transform Washington State’s film industry.”
What can you do right now to support his effort? Well, we are glad you asked!
CALL TO ACTION
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.
Own a business in Washington State that supports the film industry? Keep your eyes on the in box for the Business Letter of Support!
SAVE THE DATE
Washington Filmworks’ (Virtual) Annual Industry update is scheduled for Tuesday, December 14 at 6:00 pm. Tune in for more breaking news about the bill and to find out how you can participate in the grassroots campaign.
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