Local Sightings 2019: Local Lens and Film Funding at Washington Filmworks

This event took place on Sep 22, 2019

$5-$15 sliding scale!

Duration: 1h 30m
Instructor: Amy Lillard


Washington Filmworks has been working hard, with help from the Film Leadership Council, to support local filmmakers by re-shaping our production incentive program and Innovation Lab. Come learn how you can access funding for your project through our groundbreaking new program, Local Lens, which approved 8 projects this year that are creatively driven by Washington residents. Also, engage in a design session to help us reimagine the Filmworks Innovation Lab, our smaller funding program to support local filmmakers and filmmakers using emerging technologies. And if that’s not enough breaking news, we will also take a few minutes to introduce Whipsmart, a new non-profit in town to support you and the work that you do!  



  • What is the Local Lens and why should you care?
  • Application to Approval: success stories and best practices 
  • Design Session:  Bring your best ideas about how Washington Filmworks can redesign our smaller funding program to work for local filmmakers?
  • Learn about a new partner organization, Whipsmart, and how it will support creative professionals looking for work and career development 


Amy Lillard

Amy Lillard

Executive Director, Washington Filmworks

Amy Lillard is the Executive Director of Washington Filmworks, the private non-profit organization that manages Washington State’s film and production incentive programs.  Serving in this capacity since 2006, Lillard has worked with over 122 projects as part of the production incentive program. These projects have had over $386M of economic impact across Washington State and created over 21,000 jobs for Washington workers. 

Lillard started her career as an independent film publicist out of New York and Los Angeles designing the release campaigns for groundbreaking films such at “The Blair Witch Project,” “American Psycho” and “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.” Amy retired from publicity in 2000 and took a trip around the world. Two years and 42 countries later, she settled in Seattle where she has worked in various capacities including, director of publicity and promotion (SIFF 2003-04), festival director of the Reel Cinerama Film Festival (2003 and 2004), and producer of the Fly Filmmaking Challenge (2003-11).

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Local Sightings Film Festival

Presented by Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum, the 22nd Annual Local Sightings Film Festival (September 20-29, 2019) showcases the growing complexity of creative communities in the Pacific Northwest. Its 2019 edition features a competitive selection of curated shorts and feature film programs, inviting regional artists to experiment, break, and remake popular conceptions around filmmaking and film exhibition.

Programmed closely with community partners as curators, the festival uplifts new talent, provides educational opportunities for youth and adults, supports the regional film industry, and promotes diverse media as a critical tool for public engagement.

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