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Incentives

Production Incentives Database

Incentive Type Rebate
Spend 30-35%
Above the Line Residents 30-35%
Above the Line Nonresidents N/A
Below the Line Residents 30-35%
Below the Line Nonresidents 15-20%Restrictions apply, see Additional Information
Bonus Episodic series with a minimum of 6 episodes produced in Washington State may qualify for a max rebate of 35%
Project Criteria $500,000 minimum instate spend for motion pictures
$300,000 minimum series spend per episode
$150,000 minimum spend for commercials

To qualify for the 15% B-T-L nonresident rebate the production must have a labor force of at least 85% of Washington State residents and each B-T-L nonresident must earn $50,000 or less; additional criteria may apply.

Principal photography must commence no later than 120 days (45 days for commercials) after receiving the Funding Letter of Intent

A Declaration of Residency must be completed by each Washington State resident.
Loanout Registration Required Yes
Loanout Withholding No
Annual Funding Caps $3,500,000
Project Caps None
Minimum Spend $500,000; $300,000; $150,000
Sunset Date 06/30/2027
Audit Requirements
None
Getting Started
Prior to receiving funding assistance, productions must file a completed Production Survey with the Department of Commerce.

Prior to principal photography, motion picture and episodic series applicants must submit a completed Funding Assistance Application Form to Washington Filmworks; applications must include shooting script, budget, finance plan, proof of funding, and producer's letter of intent.

Applicants must sign and return the Washington Filmworks production agreement within two weeks of the date of the Funding Letter of Intent; guidelines and the Industry Code of Conduct must be distributed to department heads prior to the start of production; producers and Washington Filmworks must meet to discuss policies and procedures and the completion package process prior to the start of production.

Commercial applicants must submit a Commercial Funding Assistance Application that includes story board, budget, advertising agency award letter and producer's letter of intent.

Funding assistance will be at the discretion of the Board of Directors of WF.
Screen Credit Required
Yes
Company Registration
No
Sales Use Tax Relief
Yes
Hotel Occupancy Tax Relief
Yes
Local Vendors Qualify
Yes
Outside Vendors Qualify
No
Claiming Incentive
Within 60 days of completing principal photography in Washington State (45 days for commercials) submit a completion package to Washington Filmworks; if previously approved for post-production submit a separate completion package within 1 year of submitting the initial completion package.

Additional Information
(Not requirement) Additional factors will be given consideration by the program in its review of applications,
including, without limitation the extent to which:
• Projects that are financed by Washington based corporations, companies
and/or individuals.
• Projects that include Washington residents as actors in one or more “starring” or
major role(s).
• Projects derived by a book, a life story, a screenplay or other creative work
based on or inspired by a source of content that is unique to Washington State
(by way of example only, a novel written by a Washington resident author, the
life story of a Washington resident or historical events in Washington’s history.)
• Projects that feature locations in Washington State as the principle scripted
location.

Last updated: 01/28/2021

Production Incentive Disclaimer
The encapsulated production incentive information on this page is provided for general purposes only and should not be construed as tax advice. While we do our utmost to keep all information up to date, production incentives change often. The best source for incentive details is the film office itself. For more explanation or detail about the production incentive described here, please contact our resident production incentives expert at clientservices@mediaservices.com.