In recent years, Washington West has proudly honored Emmy winners Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep, Seinfeld) and Ed Asner (Lou Grant, The Mary Tyler Moore Show), and director Tom Shadyac (Liar, Liar), among others. Whether an established star or an on-the-rise filmmaker, all visitors to Washington West are treated like industry royalty. Participating filmmakers each receive one complimentary night (and highly discounted additional nights) at the Hyatt Regency in Reston Town Center, named one of the "Top 100 Hotels in the United States" by readers of Conde Nast.
What's more, all visitors to Washington West will leave with the satisfaction of having made a tangible difference to a world in need. Washington West donates 100% of its box office proceeds to projects dedicated to relieving hunger, disease, displacement, or poor education around the world. Last year, the totality of festival proceeds helped provide permanent housing for homeless residents of Fairfax County, Virginia.