Innovation Lab

Investing in Washington's Creative Community

The Filmworks Innovation Lab is designed to invest in our local creative community and to encourage the development of original storytelling that capitalizes on new forms of production and technology. By leveraging our existing film infrastructure and the diversity of our in-state technology resources, Washington is uniquely positioned to incubate a groundbreaking digital entertainment platform that fosters a new Creative Economy for Washington State.

Application Window

Washington Filmworks has historically had two funding cycles for the Innovation Lab.

The dates for the Spring 2016 Innovation Lab Cycle are as follows:

Application Window Opens - February 22
Application Window Closes - February 29
Pitch Session Presentations and Jury Deliberation - March 18
Washington Filmworks Announces Recipients - Week of March 21

To apply, you must have attended one of our information sessions last fall. If you were unable to attend or have any questions, please contact Julie Daman at our office at 206-264-0667 or Also, for a detailed description of the application process, see the current Filmworks Innovation Lab Guidelines and Criteria (dated 5/28/14).

What Is Available?

The Filmworks Innovation Lab offers funding assistance as a return on qualified in-state expenditures on the production of motion picture content (including labor and talent who are Washington State residents). Projects must spend between $25,000 – $499,999 in Washington and it is important to note that this is not a grant, rather a reimbursement on a project’s investment in Washington State's economy. The level of funding assistance is determined per project and varies according to each approved project’s merit and application. Washington Filmworks may allocate up to $350,000 annually to provide financial support for the program.