Gear Rentals & Edit Lab Access

Our cinemas, workshop room, and project-ready edit lab are available for rent, as is our collection of video, audio, stabilization, lighting, and other filmmaking gear.

Equipment Rental

Thank you for your interest in gear rental! We have switched to a new process:
  • Requests to rent gear will now be reserved for NWFF members, staff, interns, volunteers and workshop instructors. We encourage all others to visit Glazers or Koerner Camera for your gear rental needs.
    • NWFF members receive 20% off at Glazers. Have your member number ready!
  • We now require at least one-week notice for gear rental. This means that requests for gear will be checked every Friday and confirmed by the following Wednesday for pick-up no earlier than the following Friday. We will not be able to accommodate requests received the same-day or same week.
  • Full payment and a refundable damage/late return deposit will be required to confirm all reservations.
  • Volunteers using hours to reserve gear will need to have updated their hours online by the time they submit their gear request.

Become a member online, or check the status of your membership by emailing membership (at)

Equipment must be scheduled by email in advance. Pick-up and drop-off are by appointment. Rates subject to change. Visa or Mastercard required.

View/download a PDF of our current equipment rate sheet for members, students and volunteers here.

Gear Rental FAQs

Can I also rent the venue for a video or photo shoot?

Definitely! Our workshop room, Cinemas and Lobby have been rented for various film and photo shoots, casting sessions, table reads, meetings and work in progress screenings.  Read all about venue rental here.

Can I capture my old 8mm, 16mm, or magnetic video tape cassettes to digital at the Forum?

We do not currently offer film to digital transfer services. DV camcorders are available to rent through our equipment department for digitization projects, however for anything more than a couple tapes we recommend using a transfer house.

Can I donate my filmmaking gear through the Forum?

We are always interested in acquiring filmmaking gear to help serve our community! If you have questions about our inventory, or are interested in donating equipment or volunteering, email Jonah Kozlowski at jonah (at)

For gear beyond what we have, we recommend the following community partners:

Koerner Camera Systems – A proud supporter of Northwest Film Forum!

Glazer’s Rentals – Forum Members with a valid membership card receive a 20% discount at Glazer’s Rentals.

Victory Studios Rentals – Forum Members with a valid membership card receive a 10% discount at Victory.

Edit Lab

Do you need access to an editing-ready computer for post-production? Need an hourly coworking space option in Capitol Hill? The Forum has you covered!


**Northwest Film Forum, including equipment rental and the edit lab will be closed for the holidays from Dec 23-Jan 2.

Fall & Winter Hours – The lab is open these regular hours, unless otherwise posted.
Weekday days: Monday-Friday, 10:00am-6:00pm
*Wednesdays from 2-6pm the lab is reserved for youth to use free.
Weekday evenings: Wednesday-Friday, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Weekends: Saturday-Sunday 4pm till 9pm (depending on screening and workshop schedules – we are open while films are showing – check the calendar here for first screening times.)


  • Six 27” 5k Retina iMac editing stations with Final Cut X, Adobe CC 2018, Red Giant Shooter Suite, and DaVinci Resolve
  • 1 PC capable of editing 4k and higher or 360 footage.
  • DVD SuperDrives (free)
  • Headphones (free)
  • Projectors for reviewing Super 8mm footage (free)
  • Black and white printing (free, limit ten pages per user per day)


  • Members – $5/hr
  • Non-members – $8/hr


If you are interested in long-term lab use for a particular project, you can apply for access through our grant program which offers sliding scale and free access to local filmmakers. You can apply through this form. Or, for more information, email jonah (at)

Open Lab Nights

Open Lab at Northwest Film Forum is free, open to everyone, and provides access to professional editing equipment and software in the NWFF Edit Lab, including Adobe Creative Cloud, Final Cut Pro x, and DaVinci Resolve. Our goal is to connect artists and filmmakers in our community to the resources they need to create. Open Lab is staffed by a volunteer local filmmaker who can help you get set up, offer advice on projects, and help connect you to other resources. Bring your project on a hard drive and come join in the fun!

Dates and Times:

Wednesdays, 6-9pm, October 9, 16, & 23.

Open Lab FAQs

Open Lab Dates & Times

We are currently seeking experienced editors to serve as volunteer lead, 2 hours per week on a weeknight (M-Th.) If you’re interested email jonah (at)

Is Open Lab Night accessible?

The NWFF Edit Lab and restrooms are wheelchair accessible.

Is there tech or staff support available?

A volunteer will greet you, provide login information, and share the wifi info. Volunteer staff are there to provide additional help and troubleshooting should you need, but their experience levels will vary.

How can I use the Edit Lab at other times?

NWFF members may use the Edit Lab during the hours posted above, for $5/hour. The non-member rate is $8/hour.

The entire Edit Lab is available to rent by the day for groups or organizations. Email venuerental [at]

What software is on the Edit Lab computers?

Adobe Creative Cloud (Premiere Pro, After Effects, etc.), Final Cut Pro x, DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Express, Red Giant Shooter Suite, and more!

Can I save my work on Edit Lab computers?

No. Please bring a mac compatible external hard drive or save your projects to the cloud. Computers in the lab are cleaned frequently and you will lose your project if you do not back it up externally.

Can I eat while I work?

Food and drink are NOT allowed in the lab. You are welcome to eat in the lobby- it’s a great place for a lunch meeting too 🙂

The Artist Services Help Desk

The Artist Services Help Desk at the Northwest Film Forum gives you access to a local filmmaker to work with you through an obstacle that you may have with your film or video project.

  • Script feedback
  • Talk through storyboards
  • Workshop a scene
  • Identify equipment needs
  • Review budget
  • Explore grants
  • and more!

The Help Desk is currently on hiatus.

If you are an experienced filmmaker interested in mentoring others through Help Desk, email jonah (at) This is a volunteer position with flexible scheduling.


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Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave,

Seattle, WA 98122

206 329 2629

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