Mayor Ed Murray announced the 2016 recipient of the 11th annual Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film, Washington Filmworks. The award recognizes an individual or entity for exceptional work that has significantly contributed to the growth, advancement and reputation of Seattle as a filmmaking city.
“The incredible staff of Washington Filmworks dedicates their time every day to ensuring Seattle and our state are competitive locations for film productions,” Mayor Ed Murray said. “Thanks to their efforts, Seattle’s film community continues to create jobs and support our local economy.”
Washington Filmworks is the non-profit organization that manages the state film and production incentive programs. Its mission is to create economic development opportunities by building and enhancing the competitiveness, profile and sustainability of Washington’s film industry. The organization creates possibilities for local and national filmmakers, offering comprehensive production support as well as financial incentives.
“Seattle faces significant competition for film work from our neighbors to the north and south, yet Washington Filmworks works tirelessly to ensure our city and Washington State are competitive,” Kate Becker, Director of the Office of Film + Music + Special Events said.
“While Washington Filmworks is best known for offering financial assistance and production support, we are most proud of our partnership with the statewide creative community and our role in helping to build careers and make Seattle and Washington State a place for film now and in the future. We share this award with our local cast and crew, who’s passion and talent inspire the work we do every day,” said Amy Lillard, Executive Director of Washington Filmworks.
The Seattle film industry representative on the Nomination and Selection Committee chose to award Washington Filmworks this year rather than a filmmaker because of the incredible amount of energy the organization exhibited this year to support the industry.
Amy Lillard will accept the award on behalf of Washington Filmworks tonight at Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF)’s Opening Night Gala at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall.