Seattle Film Production Resources

Seattle has an extensive number of filmmaking resources available to filmmakers of every experience level. Resources range from cast and crew directories, production stages and studios, post-production facilities, skilled industry workers, labor unions, educational institutions, networking events, and fundraising and grant opportunities.  

Contact the Office of Film + Music by phone: (206) 233-3948 or email:  filmoffice@seattle.gov. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Weather

The City of Seattle summers are pleasantly warm and sunny in the mid-70°F range, and rarely above 88°F. Seattle winters are generally overcast and wet, and rarely below freezing.  Warm-weather activities generally occur from early July to late September.

Seattle is only hours away from snow capped mountains to the east, and pacific ocean shores to the west.  Western Washington’s Olympic National Rainforest peninsula boasts as one of the wettest places on earth, and Eastern Washington’s amber waves of grain have inspired anthem lyrics.  Name a climate and weather pattern, we have it.

Work hard, play hard!  When the camera wraps, explore Seattle’s fine dining, discover local live music and nightlife venues, and immerse in the culture and soul of the city. 

Visit Seattle is your go-to for information on popular neighborhoods, venues, restaurants, cultural events and experiences, and much more.

Many of Seattle’s neighborhoods and business districts are represented by organizations who can help your production land and wrap positively.  We encourage productions to reach out to these organizations before filming.  They can help you navigate our neighborhoods, and identify partnerships between productions and local businesses!

Please visit the Office of Economic Development’s Only in Seattle page for information on Business Improvement Areas and Business District Organizations.

Seattle Film Manual
All the information you need for a successful shoot in the City of Seattle can be found in the Seattle Film Manual. This includes insurance coverage, street parking reservations, street and park use, police hires, drone use, and contacts for popular private properties. Please review the Manual before beginning the permit application process.

Seattle Property Map
Use this map to determine if property where you are looking to film is owned publicly or privately.

Seattle Street Parking Map
Use this map to the determine the number of parking spaces available at your filming locations, and parking space numbers for your permit application.

Seattle Park Finder
Use this tool to learn about features each Seattle park offers, and to narrow down your choices if you’re not able to scout in person.

Non-City Film Contacts
Some popular filming locations in the City of Seattle are privately owned and require separate permissions directly through the property owner for filming.

UAS (Drone) Use Policies
The City of Seattle permits UAS (drones) which take off or fly over public City property, following the Federal Aviation Administration’s rules and regulations regarding commercial drone use.

The Production Directory
Washington Filmworks' Production Directory is a one-stop-shop for all your statewide production needs. The Production Directory includes crew, production companies, post-production services, vendors, and support services throughout Washington State. Are you a Washington crew or business? Register for free at the Production Directory registration page

Washington Filmworks Resource List
From minor work permit policies, to local unions, to Green Filmmaking standards, and local film school programs, Washington Filmworks’ resource page is a comprehensive guide for film production needs across Washington State. 

SAG-AFTRA Seattle Local
SAG-AFTRA is the national union representing actors, background and stunt performers, dancers, singers and royalty musicians, and television and radio broadcast journalists in all areas of recorded and live-broadcast media. The Seattle Local represents approximately 1,400 members in our four-state jurisdiction (WA, ID, MT & AK) with a majority living in the Greater Puget Sound region.  SAG-AFTRA production agreements cover the full-gamut of performance in recorded media:  Television, radio, theatrical, music and sound recordings, interactive, audiobooks, and new and streaming media, as well as live-streaming and broadcast. Information on membership can be found online here, and Information for producers wishing to engage SAG-AFTRA members can be found here.

Local Contact: Chris Comte, Senior Business Representative, (206) 457-6535 / chris.comte@sagaftra.org

I.A.T.S.E. Local 488, Studio Mechanics of the Pacific NW
IATSE Local 488 represent crews that work in all of the IATSE motion picture crafts, with the exception of those in the camera department, production designers, and art directors.  The Pacific NW jurisdiction covers Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Northern Idaho.

Local Contact: Melissa Purcell, Business Agent, (206) 251-8002 / NorthernBA@iatse488.org

I.A.T.S.E Local 600, International Cinematographers Guild
The International Cinematographers Guild (IATSE Local 600) represents directors of photography, camera operators, visual effects supervisors, still photographers, camera assistants, film loaders, all members of camera crews and publicists. Local 600 is national local for all camera department members which allows everyone to work under the same contracts and conditions, no matter where they live or work. There are many experienced Local 600 members who live in the Pacific Northwest and are available to work locally.

Local Contact: Xiomara Comrie, Assistant Western Region Director | xcomrie@icg600.com

International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local #174 Drivers, Location Managers & Scouts
Local 174 represent crews that work as drivers, location managers and scouts in the motion picture craft. The Pacific NW jurisdiction covers Washington State. 

Local Contact: Patty Warren, Director of Negotiations, Teamsters Local 174, (206) 441-7470 / Patty.Warren@JC28.org

State Film Incentive Program

With one of the nation’s most competitive markets for independent film and commercial production, Washington Filmworks provides funding assistance for feature films, episodic series, and commercials. Washington Filmworks offers funding assistance for qualified in-state expenditures of up to 30% for motion pictures and episodic series with less than six episodes, and up to 35% for episode series with  six episodes or more. For commercials, Washington Filmworks offers funding assistance for qualified in-state expenditures of up to 15% for commercials. For more information about the Washington State Production Incentive Program, visit this page.

In addition to managing the state’s Production Incentive Program, Washington Filmworks also manages other resources for the creative industries in Washington State including a film location database,  robust production directory, and an established  network of film liaisons across the state.

Seattle has many commercial, community, and educational organizations and groups  for those looking to get involved,  stay informed, and connect with the local film community and industry.

If you have suggestions for resources, please e-mail filmoffice@seattle.gov

Newsletters

Office of Film + Music Newsletter

Whipsmart Newsletter

Professional Development

The Mixer: Office of Film + Music Monthly Professional Development Series

Film Organizations

Women in Film

48Hour Film Project Seattle

Seattle Documentary Association

Northwest Film Forum

Seattle Film Summit

Northwest Screenwriters Guild

Three Dollar Bill Cinema

Blanket Fort Films

Social Media Groups*

Production Peeps

Northwest Production Hub

Seattle Film and Stage Directors

Seattle Filmmakers Collective

Safe on Set Seattle

Pacific Northwest Filmmakers

BIPOC Filmmaking Resources

Seattle-King County BIPOC Production Network

BIPOC Filmmaker Happy Hour

Seattle BIPOC Media Makers*

PNW Diversity in Film*

Abstract Media*

Film School Programs / Education Opportunities

University of Washington – Certificate in Film & Video Production

Seattle Film Institute

Cornish College of Arts Film Program

Seattle Central College Visual Media

Shoreline Community College Digital Film Production

Go4Nuge Production Classes

SIFF Education

Government Agencies

Washington Filmworks

Whipsmart

King County Creative

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Local Independent Cinemas and Rentals Houses 

Seattle is home to two of the last remaining video rental stores in the US! Both offer a wide selection of carefully curated content and a worth a visit for any cinephile.