Seattle creates commission with a goal to grow the city’s film industry

Following a unanimous vote by Seattle City Council, there will now be a team of 11 to advise on policies and programs to grow the city’s film industry.

SEATTLE – Before the tech boom, Seattle was home to grunge, artists and creative minds across all industries.

Seattle City Council is hoping to bring some of that back with the creation of a new one film order.

“A lot of people think of the ’90s as the golden age of film in Seattle,” said Amy Lillard, executive director of Washington Film Works.

Talent never left our area, but runaway productions certainly did, choosing to go north to Canada or south to Oregon.

“These are our films, we made them. We should be proud of them and our ownership and say that’s the stuff we make,” said Emmy Award-winning actor Tom Skerritt, who has been making films for five decades.

The film commission will work to bring the industry back to the Seattle area.

“Seattle has to have a film commission to be taken seriously by producers looking for a location. Why? Because they want to see government have a role to play,” said Seattle City Councilwoman Sara Nelson.

The 11-member commission will notify producers that the city is serious about the film and advise them on policies and programs to attract the industry to the Seattle area. The vote is paired with the newly approved program offering $15 million in tax incentives for film companies.

“Seattle is the largest production center in Washington state and you will certainly see an increase in film permits and film projects for episodic series,” Lillard said.

As we bring to the fore the talent that has been here all along.

“We are going through a very dark time in our country and the only way to best inform people is to inform them through the power of their imaginations,” Skerritt said. Seattle creates commission with a goal to grow the city’s film industry

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