Seattle Office of Film + Music


Four feature films are finishing up production in Seattle this summer. KOMO News reports that these might be the last big movie projects our city sees if lawmakers do not renew the state film incentive. Efforts to renew the incentive died in the state legislature earlier this year. KOMO‘s Elisa Jaffe talked to members of the creative team behind the film Fat Kid Rules the World, which just wrapped filming around Seattle last week. They agreed that the film incentive brought this project to Seattle, and that the lack of an incentive program will push future work over to Portland or Vancouver, B.C. Washington Filmworks, the state’s nonprofit film office, will lobby again to renew the incentive during the 2012 legislative session. “This program gave out $14 million, actually got $54 million in direct spending in this state,” said Amy Lillard, executive director of Washington Filmworks. “So the return on the investment is very clear.”

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