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Washington Filmworks Approves Funding Assistance for Episodic Series Z Nation

Amy Lillard, WF Executive Director, Rich Cowan, NxNW Founder, Greg Smith, WF Board Member, and Harry Sladich, WF Board Member.

Amy Lillard (WF Executive Director) Rich Cowan (NxNW Founder) Greg Smith and Harry Sladich (WF Board Members) at yesterday’s Spokane announcement.

Post Apocalyptic Drama to Film in Spokane this Summer

Z Nation is headed for Washington State! This month the WF Board of Directors approved funding assistance for Z Nation, a 13-episode dramatic series for the Syfy channel. Yesterday board members and staff of Washington Filmworks (WF) participated in a press conference at North by Northwest Productions in Spokane where the news was announced. Project partners The Asylum and Go2Digital Media will work with North by Northwest to produce Z Nation and Karl Schaefer will serve as the show runner.

This project is a game changer for Washington State. The series will film in Spokane from Read More…

New at NFFTY 2014

NFFTY_Poster_Final-358x550Seattle is home to the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY), the largest youth film festival in the world. Created in 2007, NFFTY grows by leaps and bounds every year, screening hundreds of films from young filmmakers all over the planet. The 2014 festival kicks off Thursday and it’s guaranteed to be awesome.

This year NFFTY is under new leadership with the addition of Managing Director Stefanie Malone. Washington Filmworks recently caught up with Stefanie to learn more about her transition into the organization and what’s happening at NFFTY 2014.  


Hi, Stefanie. This is your first NFFTY as Managing Director. Tell us a about your background and what motivated you to seek out the role?
Prior to coming to NFFTY, I was at KCTS Television as Director of Community Engagement & Education and had the opportunity to produce some incredible programs and support great partnerships there, like the one between KCTS and NFFTY. I led the engagement and education department; developed and produced national and local multiplatform station projects; executive produced television programs; designed web content for; and regularly served on national advisory boards for PBS. I had the pleasure of working on regional projects with prominent filmmaker Ken Burns, someone who I greatly admire. I was fortunate enough to produce a program with Ken and Timothy Egan called On the Dust Bowl, which won a regional Emmy-Award last year.

When the position at NFFTY opened, I was Read More…

Unique Worlds, Big Characters

Right under our noses a local production company is busy making a lot of noise. Based in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle, Screaming Flea Productions is one of the Northwest’s largest producers of nonfiction programming for cable networks. The production company officially became an entity in 1999, but the core team had been creating content for national and international broadcast prior to that.

Screaming Flea has worked with almost every cable network and has developed a diverse slate of programs, from lifestyle to reality, comedy to gritty docs, instructional videos to fundraising pieces – you name it, they’ve produced it. “This is not typical in the industry,” says Liza Keckler, Vice President of Development at Screaming Flea. “Most production companies are very Read More…

Commercialize Seattle Features More New Work

Congratulations to Workhouse Creative, a Seattle based production company, and Impact Studio Pro, an Issaquah based production company. Both are featured in the Latest Work section of Commercialize Seattle. Commercialize Seattle is a business development campaign designed to drive more production and advertising to the region. The Latest Work section of the Commercialize Seattle website showcases some of the very best work coming out of Seattle and greater Washington.

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Pilot Season Overhaul Unfolds

TV_ImageIs the traditional TV model on the way out or already dead, and how will the shifting landscape change the production of original content? Historically pilot season started sometime in January or February and went through early May for the upfront presentations, but a convergence of factors is rapidly changing the flow of production for original programming.

Many networks are forging new routes for their pilots. According to Variety a number of forces are taking effect, among them:

  • Heightened competition for top projects from cable
  • Cheaper ways to produce series
  • A push to offer original programming on a year-round basis


Experiments abound as new models are forged.

Many companies are exploring ways to offer advertising clients new ways to sync up with audiences and content production. Relativity Digital Studios (RDS), a company associated with Washington incentive film 21 & Over, is working to create branded content as well as non-branded original content for streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. Their entrepreneurial spirit offers a great deal of flexibility to creators, consumers and Read More…

Spring Into Washington Festivals


Lots of Washington film festivals are coming up. We’ll save you a seat.

Washington Filmworks (WF) has been working to build a comprehensive statewide list of film festivals and competitions and Washington has many to choose from each year. So whether you’re a filmmaker looking for the perfect audience, or a lover of cinema on the hunt for something special, we promise there’s a festival in the state that fits the bill. Here are several happening this spring thru the end of Read More…

Plan a Trip to Picturesque Republic, Washington

Washington Filmworks (WF) uses our Location of the Month newsletters to showcase the diversity of unique looks and resources for production in a number of jurisdictions around Washington State. We also distribute these via our newsletter if you would like to subscribe. Find previous installments archived on our website.



Republic is a picturesque town with a heritage based in the mining and logging industries. Originally named Eureka Gulch, Republic has a population just over 1,000 and is the county seat and largest town in Ferry County. Noted for its fossils, natural beauty and outdoor recreational possibilities, it nestles in a mountainous forested area between Wauconda Pass and Sherman Pass at the intersection of Washington State Routes 20 and 21. Republic is surrounded by National Forest lands, is within short driving distance of numerous lakes and campgrounds, and lies near the Canadian border. The surrounding “Panorama Land” features many beautiful sweeping vistas of untouched scenery and abundant wildlife.

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Scarecrow Video – National Treasure

Shelves, and shelves... and shelves. Photo by Matt Lynch

Shelves, and shelves… and shelves. Photo by Matt Lynch

Just near the corner of 50th and Roosevelt Way in Seattle sits a national treasure – Scarecrow Video. IFC dubbed the intersection the “Best Film Corner in America” and the late Roger Ebert called Scarecrow a “social center” for “the curious, the adventurous and the obsessed movie buffs.” Part film archive, part gathering place, Scarecrow is one of the country’s largest independent video stores and has been a local institution since the eighties. The video store has more than 120,000 individual titles for rent – some so rare you’ll have to leave your firstborn child as a deposit to check them out.

Scarecrow Video celebrated their 25th Anniversary last December, but the milestone was somewhat overshadowed by a significant amount of disheartening press. Scarecrow is facing the very real challenges of maintaining a brick-and-mortar operation in a digital and On Demand age. But their struggle is not unique, across the world the Read More…

See and Be Seen – Commercialize Seattle Features New Work

Congratulations to Green Rubino and Urban Legend Productions, two Seattle based production companies featured in the Latest Work section of Commercialize Seattle. Commercialize Seattle is a business development campaign designed to drive more production and advertising to the region. The Latest Work section of the Commercialize Seattle website showcases some of the very best work coming out of Seattle and greater Washington.

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WF Visits Snoqualmie Valley

Krys Karns and Nate Perea, CEO Snoqualmie Chamber of Commerce

Krys Karns and Nate Perea, CEO Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce

Extending their outreach in March, Washington Filmworks Executive Director Amy Lillard and Production Services Coordinator Krys Karns enjoyed a liaison visit in the Snoqualmie Valley. Our film liaison in that area is Nathan Perea, CEO of the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce. “We were very excited to have Washington Filmworks come out and tour the Snoqualmie Valley for potential filming locations. The Valley has such a variety of stunning natural beauty and historic charm and character and it’s all within 30 miles of Seattle,” said Perea. “We look forward to being the backdrop to the next great Read More…


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