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State Film Commissions Guide: Washington

State Film Commissions Guide: Washington

What are some of the greatest financial perks of filming in your state? The production incentive program (see below), Hotel / Motel tax
exemption for stays longer than 30 days and Rental / Use tax exemption
for production services and rental equipment. For more information

What tax credits are available for productions in your state?

Washington Filmworks (WF) is the
private non-profit organization that manages the state film and the
Motion Picture Competitiveness programs. WF mission is to create
economic development opportunities by building and enhancing the
competitiveness, profile and sustainability of Washington State’s film

WF offers funding assistance for qualified in-state expenditures of up
to 30% for motion pictures and television series with less than six
episodes, up to 35% for television series with at least six episodes and
up to 15% for commercial productions. In order to qualify for funding
assistance, the production company must meet the following in-state
spending thresholds:

• $500,000 Motion Pictures
• $300,000 Television (per episode)
• $150,000 Commercials

Some non-resident labor may qualify. Please see the section titled “Non
Resident Labor Eligibility Requirements” for further detail.

The Board of Directors of WF may allocate up to $350,000 annually to
support Washington resident filmmakers and filmmakers using new forms of
production and emerging technologies. This funding is allocated
through the Filmworks Innovation Lab. For further information about
eligibility requirements please refer to the Filmworks Innovation Lab
Guidelines and Criteria.

Financial contributions to WF raised by the tax credit mechanism in 2ESSB 5539 are capped at $3.5 million per calendar year.

For more details about funding assistance through WF refer to 2ESSB 5539 and the WF website (

What are some of the locations in your state that filmmakers should know about? There is a diversity of locations available in Washington state. Please review our location newsletters on our website:

Are there studios and soundstages that the state hosts that filmmakers should know about?

Studios and soundstages are available in Washington State.
Please contact the office to discuss specific needs of the production

What can you tell us about talented labor in your state? Do you have robust union representation? Washington State has talented union and non-union cast and crew
statewide. For more information either visit our online production
resource and crew guide ( or contact the local business
agents for SAG-AFTRA, IATSE 488 and Teamsters 174.

Are there deals that you have with equipment, craft service or other suppliers to make these services more affordable?
Please contact the office to discuss specific needs of the production (206.264.0667).

What are some of the recent productions that produced films in your state?

21 and Over,” “Eden,” “Safety Not Guaranteed,” “The Ward”

What cities have their own film commissions in your state? There are 60 film liasosn statewide, please contact the office for more information.

How many productions shot in your state last year? Over 200.

should filmmakers do if they’re interested in shooting a film in your
state? Who should they contact if they have more questions?
Contact Washington Filmworks (206.264.0667) or visit

Interested in the incentives offered by other state film commissions? Check out Indiewire’s full guide to state film commissions HERE.

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