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Location of the MonthOur Location of the Month is the city of Burien, with six miles of Puget Sound shoreline and a strong film community. You can check it out here.

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CoMotion Labs Incubates a New Space for Start-Ups and Creatives in the University District

On August 15, the shiny new headquarters of start-up incubator CoMotion Labs opened in the University District. It's the newest venture for this ambitious project of the University of Washington. The new space will become many things to many people: a co-working space for start-ups, a place where VR companies and artists can collaborate, and a laboratory and tech incubator for new, emerging companies and professionals to develop and grow their vision. Learn more about the space here.

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Spokane Happy Hour for Filmmakers and Creative Industry Professionals

Last Sunday, film and creative industry professionals joined Washington Filmworks Executive Director Amy Lillard on the rooftop of The Saranac Public House in Spokane. It was a chance to mingle, reconnect, and hear an update on Washington Filmworks' plans for the rest of 2016 and beyond. Here are some great pics of the event to share! Oh and save the date - Sunday, December 11, 2016 - for our Annual Industry Update in Spokane!

Getting Into the Zone with Nancy Guppy

Nancy Guppy has been an integral part of Seattle arts and culture for more than twenty years. Originally a cast member for the iconic Seattle sketch comedy show (and career launcher) Almost Live!, Guppy branched out to become the city's preeminent host/producer of the Seattle Channel's Art Zone with Nancy GuppyWe caught up with her to ask about the arts community here in Seattle - what makes it strong, what she loves about covering it, and what the future may hold for the Seattle art scene. Get to know Nancy here.
Tracy Rector Nominated for 2016 Stranger Genius Award

The Stranger Genius Awards are less than a month away! We featured nominee Sandy Cioffi back in June, and next up to the plate is filmmaker Tracy Rector! Tracy Rector is an award-winning filmmaker, indigenous activist, and youth mentor living in Seattle. She is the director and founder of Longhouse Media and youth program Native Lens. She was a participant in the 2013  Filmworks Innovation Lab with the non-fiction feature film and media project Clearwater: People of the Salish Seacollaborated with VR company Mechanical Dreams to create a short film which premiered at SIFFX just a few months ago, and was just selected to screen at Pop VR, part of the Toronto International Film Festival in September! Read all about Tracy here. 

Beyond the Film Festival: 5 Distribution Alternatives for Indie Filmmakers

It used to be that indie filmmakers' only option was the festival circuit - submitting to multiple festivals (and expecting multiple rejections), paying application fees that quickly added up, and vying for distribution deals inked only after winning awards and accolades gained from the exposure of screening at various festivals. But times, they are a changin'. With new VOD services and the digital revolution affecting how and where people consume media, indie filmmakers can find new and exciting audiences and avenues to distribute their work. Here is a quick look at five of these platforms (3 of them Pacific Northwest based!) for indie filmmakers to move beyond the festival.

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Washington Filmworks' is the non-profit 501 (c)(6) organization that manages the state film and production incentive programs.  Its mission is to create economic development opportunities by building and enhancing the competitiveness,  profile and sustainability of Washington's film industry. We do this by creating possibilities for local and national filmmakers, offering comprehensive production support as well as financial incentives.