Why film in Seattle?

The emergence of Coronavirus - also known as COVID-19 - as an international public health pandemic has prompted governments, employers, schools, labor organizations and families across the globe to take action to protect life and safety. There will be significant changes to how the film industry functions on set for the foreseeable future.

Pursuant to the Governor's order to allow film production in Washington State, Seattle Master Film Permit applications are now being accepted for productions who are able to meet all guidelines set forth by Washington State's Phase 2 Motion Picture Production COVID-19 Requirements. The City of Seattle's requirements will meet state and public health guidelines.

Any production working in Seattle should review Washington Filmworks Production Best Practices and Departmental Best Practices as part of your pre-production planning.

If Washington State or King County reverts to Phase 1, or if changes in COVID-19 conditions make it necessary in the public interest, Seattle Master Film Permits will be suspended.

To apply for a Seattle Master Film Permit, please follow the links below and contact us at filmoffice@seattle.gov or 206-233-3948. Please review the COVID-19 Film Guidance and Updates section of our website before applying for a permit, as some processes have temporarily changed to reflect public health guidance

Click Here to Apply for a Film Permit

COVID-19 Film Guidence and Updates

 Film Manual

"I cannot imagine a more perfect place to have made this movie. I would come back to shoot here in a heartbeat."
Colin Trevorrow, Director, Safety Not Guaranteed

For over 75 years, Seattle has made its mark on the film scene as the production center for landmark films, compelling television series and successful commercial campaigns. It is a pleasure to film in Seattle with good people and a quality of life that has created a filmmaking experience second to none.

Seattle sits next to fresh water lakes, rivers and saltwater harbors, rain forests, mountains, deserts, suburbs, industry grit, and outdoor serine. New Mexico? Manhattan? Florida? Iraq? Old West Town? Ocean? Swiss Alps? All have been filmed within a two-hour drive from Seattle.

Our combination of sophistication and livability attracts the top talent, crews, and creators in the country. You will be surprised by the breadth of our casting options and impressed by the hardest working crews in the business. The same is true for Seattle's depth of motion graphics shops and commercial production companies.

Seattle is 30% cheaper to film in than Los Angeles. It only costs $25/day to film on the streets of Seattle and all your permit needs are handled by the City of Seattle's Office of Film + Music. Get even more value by taking advantage of Washington State's 30% cash back program.

Walk with your team to top rated restaurants that make Seattle "The food city of the year" (GQ Magazine). Take in a ballgame...but which ball? There's open-air Major League Baseball at Safeco Field, football with the Seahawks or an action packed game with the Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field. See and hear why Seattle is the City of Music from punk-house to opera-house with hundreds of live musical performers any night of the week. Breathe deeply as you enjoy the city and its natural beauty because according to Forbes, Seattle is the 2nd cleanest city in America.

Ready to film in Seattle? Get a Film Permit.