Tag: Film Incentives
The Washington legislature is considering Senate Bill 6027– A bill to increase funding for The Motion Picture Competitiveness Program. This is a big ask for our industry. We’re literally asking the state to double-down on its investment in building a film industry here by raising the current cap on productions a little each year until 2022.
If it passes, Washington can remain a player in the location shooting business. We’ll remain small but growing. (Compare this with the massive $330 million annual incentive California just passed.) If not, we’ll have to keep turning away tens of millions of dollars in productions that would like to spend their money on Washington casts, crews, locations, and vendors and in short time the films, TV series, and commercials that have been filming in the state will go to states with incentives to offer. If you are in the business of film in Washington, this should be an important issue to you.
Our small but mighty lobbying team has set up a day for people from the state to meet with our legislators in Olympia and show them that not only is this important to us, but it’s important to A LOT of us. “WA Film Day” is March 17th.
I’ve heard from some colleagues that they want to go but find the idea of talking to their legislators somewhat intimidating. This is natural if you haven’t done it before (and a little quaint once you have because it’s super low key). So I thought I’d share my experience of the nuts and bolts of going to WA Film Day to demystify it a bit. (continue reading…)