Seattle Office of Film + Music

Governor Gregoire to sign Washington’s Film Incentive Bill into law tonight!

It was recently confirmed that Governor Gregoire will sign 2ESB 5539 tonight at a signing ceremony scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm in Olympia.  The bill is 11th bill on the agenda. This ceremony is open to the public and members of the film community are invited to attend.  Representatives from Washington Filmworks will be in attendance as well.  Visit the Washington Filmworks blog for directions and more information.

Call to Action: Washington Filmworks Urges You to Write Gregoire Today

The film incentive bill may have passed in the House and Senate, but it is still pending Governor Gregoire’s signature. Gregoire must take action before the end of the month in order for the bill to become a law. Washington Filmworks urges you to write Governor Gregoire today and encourage her to sign the bill.

Filmmakers: Enter Your Short in the Three Minute Masterpiece
March 27, 2012, 9:52 am
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The Seattle Times 
Don’t hide your brilliant cinematic creations in your basement. Share your work at this year’s Three Minute Masterpiece, a film competition sponsored by The Seattle Times and Seattle International Film Festival. Your are invited to shoot a film of three minutes or less, and winners will show at the festival and stream on The Seattle Times website. The deadline for submitting is Monday, April 23.

What do you think about the passing of the Motion Picture Competitiveness Bill?
March 23, 2012, 11:45 am
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Media, Inc.
Now’s your chance as a filmmaker, or a member of cast or crew working in Washington, to respond to the recent renewal of the Motion Picture Competitiveness Bill. Media Inc. will compile your answers and they will be included in the upcoming issue of the Magazine and online. Comment on the article page, or drop them an email at to let them know what you have to say. Media, Inc. publishes a number of online and print magazines, and hosts a valuable resource list for the creative industries in the Northwest.

The bill passed the Senate (40-8) and House (92-6). The Governor has until March 31st to sign the bill into law.

Seattle Shows Off What It’s Made of at SXSW

Come March every year, Austin, Texas is ablaze with beats, lyrics, and melodies. The normally musically-oriented city raises the volume several notches for the annual SXSW music (and film/interactive) festival. For one week, the city is cloaked in the sounds of native and non-native musicians. This year, THEESatisfaction will take to the high-profile stages of the festival and flaunt some Seattle-made sounds. SXSW is not only a venue for emerging artists to showcase their music, it is also known to provide some much-deserved recognition for newbies. In recent years, Seattle-originating Fleet Foxes and Shabazz Palaces built quite a stir around themselves, leading to some international buzz and helping launch their careers to a new level.

Reinventing the News, Cheezburger style
March 13, 2012, 10:12 am
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The Cheezburger Network’s Ben Huh is tired of the way news is being reported. He doesn’t think that it’s necessary to have 1800 versions of the exact same story, partly because many other worthwhile, less “sexy” stories get lost under heaps of hype over a single massive story. Huh is a doer, not a dreamer, however, and is setting out to create a new app that changes the way that people view news on mobile devices. The product he’s creating is called Circa, and it isn’t just another aggregator; the new app will make it possible for users to bypass the mounds of content available and follow a single story, creating a system where there’s one version of every big breaking news story, and everything else is additional context. The creators have yet to unveil Circa’s business model because it’s under development, but following the new traction and support they’ve gained recently, it’s possible we’ll see a revolutionary product in the very near future.

Another SXSW Premiere for a Seattle-Made Film
March 9, 2012, 3:32 pm
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Seattle writer/director Megan Griffith’s second feature film Eden will premiere Sunday in the Narrative Competition category at this year’s SXSW Film Festival.  Eden is based on the true story of human trafficking survivor Chong Kim.  The film, set in New Mexico, was based in Seattle and shot entirely in Washington State in 2011, and incentivized by the Washington State Film Competitiveness Program. Griffith’s first film was the 2011 Sundance drama The Off Hours.

Free Concert Tonight at Showbox at the Market
March 9, 2012, 3:13 pm
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For all those out there who have yet to solidify their weekend plans, perhaps tonight should be your night of spontaneity. The Showbox at the Market will host a free show. The somewhat mysterious concert will feature John Roderick, Hey Marseilles, and a “surprise special guest.” The event is a fundraising event for Mayor McGinn’s re-election and asks for a “suggested donation.”

March 9, 2012, 12:34 pm
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This past summer, the cast and crew of Fat Kid Rules the World took to the streets of Seattle to film this feature length comedy. Matthew Lillard, formerly known for his role in 2002’s Scooby Doo, made his directorial debut for the film. Tonight, Fat Kid will be premiering at the SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas.

Breaking News: Washington State Film Incentive Passes

The Washington State Film Incentive Bill has passed! The 92-6 vote is all due to the amazing community and industry turnout in support of this jobs building program. Special recognition to Amy Lillard and everyone at Washington Filmworks for their tireless work since last June, and to Frank Chopp for making sure the bill got to the House floor for a vote. Governor Gregoire has 20 days to sign the bill in to law.