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!
Gear rentals and certifications are currently closed as staff are in the process of assessing and reorganizing our inventory. Please CC both Education Director Netsanet Tjirongo ( and Executive Director Derek Edamura ( with inquiries about gear availability, and they will do their best to assist you during this time.
Check back here for updates, or sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date.
Please review our rental rules before submitting a request:
  • 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! Be ready to present your current membership card, or other proof of having joined/renewed within the past year.
  • We now require at least one-week notice for gear rental, and encourage giving as much notice as possible. 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 maria (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 our 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, email Netsanet Tjirongo and Paul Siple at netsanet (at) and paul (at) If you are interested in volunteering, email maria (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 co-working space option in Capitol Hill? The Forum has you covered!


The edit lab is open by appointment only – generally during any hours that staff are on site and available to give lab users access to the space. Please contact netsanet (at) and nico (at) to make an appointment.
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  • 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)
  • Black and white printing (free, limit ten pages per user per day)


  • We are cleaning the space, surfaces, and equipment regularly during open hours. 
  • We ask users to wash their hands before using machines, and provide disinfecting wipes for cleaning equipment before and after use.


  • Payment is voluntary, and easy to do in the lab via an online form. We recommend these rates: Members – $5/hr; Non-members – $8/hr
  • Your donations help us maintain the space, computers, software and provide programs. If you can contribute, please do! Help us keep this resource available to artists and filmmakers who need them.
  • You can also contribute by helping us keep the space clean and orderly, and helping fellow lab users in need of technical support.


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 netsanet (at)

Open Lab FAQs

Open Lab Dates & Times

The edit lab is open by appointment only – generally during any hours that staff are on site and available to give lab users access to the space. Please contact netsanet (at) and nico (at) to make an appointment.

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 maria [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 netsanet (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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