The vitality of Washington’s film industry owes to the hard work of many local organizations, including the Seattle-based not-for-profit WashingtonFilmWorks (WFW). This month, WFW reached its annual fundraising goal, successfully raising $3.5 million for 2009.
The money allows WFW to facilitate an aggressive incentive, offering funding assistance to film, television, and commercial productions shooting around the state. These productions represent economic opportunity for the state by creating family wage jobs and generating increased revenue among local businesses.
Since launching the program in February 2007, WFW has approved 31 productions for funding assistance, including 16 feature films, 4 movies of the week for television, and 11 commercials. These projects create family wage jobs that provide health and retirement benefits and represent an estimated $34.4 million dollars of direct spending in Washington State.
WashingtonFilmWorks is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (6) organization that manages the state film program. Its mission is to promote economic vitality in Washington State by encouraging growth in the film and video production. The Seattle Office of Film + Music works in collaboration with WFW to ensure that Washington State continues to serve as a premiere destination for motion picture production.