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Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave,

Seattle, WA 98122

206 329 2629

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

Members, volunteers, and students currently enrolled in one of our classes can access our gear and spaces at reduced rates.

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

** Select gear is also available to rent through ShareGridGet 20% off during our introductory period! **

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.

To schedule gear or space, email equipment (at) nwfilmforum.org

Gear Rental FAQs

Can I also rent the venue for a video or photo shoot?
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) nwfilmforum.org.

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.

ShareGrid Seattle – Rent from and to your fellow film and media makers.


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!

Fall drop-in rental hours are 10am-6pm Monday-Friday, and 4–9pm Saturday and Sunday.  

Our lab resources include:

  • Six 27” 5k Retina iMac editing stations with Final Cut X, Adobe CC2017, Red Giant Shooter Suite, and DaVinci Resolve
  • DVD SuperDrives (free)
  • Headphones (free)
  • Projectors for reviewing Super 8mm footage (free)
  • Black and white printing (free, limit ten pages per user per day)
  • Basic office supplies (free)

How much does it cost?

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

*** Open Lab provides free access to the public during the week. We are currently seeking experienced editors to serve as volunteer lead starting the first week of October. If you’re interested email jonah@nwfilmforum.org. Read more about Open Lab below. ***

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. For more information, email jonah (at) nwfilmforum.org.


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!

Open Lab FAQs

Open Lab Dates & Times

Open Lab is returning the first week in October. We are currently seeking experienced editors to serve as volunteer lead starting the first week of October. If you’re interested email jonah (at) nwfilmforum.org.

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 Monday through Friday, 10am–6pm, for $5/hour. The non-member rate is $8/hour.

Fall Edit Lab rental hours are 10am-6pm Monday–Friday, and 4–9pm Saturday and Sunday. NWFF members may use the Lab for $5/hour; the non-member rate is $8/hour. Drop-in only.

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?

Nope. Food and drink are not allowed in the lab. Please respect our space by keeping it clean! You are welcome to eat in the lobby.


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 will be open to answer your questions and help connect you to resources every Thursday from 3:30pm to 7pm. Schedule an appointment

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

 


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