Seattle Film Industry and Community:
Seattle is open for film business!
The City of Seattle remain in close coordination with the Centers for Disease Control, the Washington State Department of Health and Public Health – Seattle & King County, following the guidance of these agencies leading on the COVID-19 response. Authorities continue to emphasize that everyone take steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This is a quickly evolving situation, and we advise you to follow public health for the most up-to-date information.
At this time, Seattle-King County Public Health is recommending avoiding or postponing public events and meetings of over 10 people, for the next three weeks. There are no current restrictions to film permits or public locations.
As emergency services, including SPD, may be assigned to health and safety priorities, please always check in with the film office first if your production requires police officer or other staffing resources for your production.
We strongly encourage employers to stay up-to-date on new developments. Public Health – Seattle & King County plans to provide daily briefings to the media at 11:00 a.m. We also encourage you to:
- Review recommended strategies for employers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including:
- Review recommended strategies and updates from Public Health – Seattle & King County.
- Create a business continuity plan that clearly outlines roles, responsibilities, and policies to minimize the spread of infection at your workplace, anticipate absenteeism, and more.
Seattle Film Permit Numbers
February brought in 36 productions across 36 shoot days! Commercial productions are still leading the work with over a third of our permits issued, followed by Still Photography and Documentary productions. Here’s a peek at the numbers:
Film Production in Seattle Impacts Look Ahead
The Third Chapter of the Seattle Squeeze
The third chapter of the Seattle Squeeze will last through 2024. Seattle’s downtown will continue to be in a state of transition to meet the needs of our growing city, and along with that comes some impacts to keep in mind!
Need Help with a Location? Hire a Local Locations Professional!
Keeping your schedule is critical to the success of your production. Navigating multi-location shoots requires intent and expertise. When scouting and shooting, we always recommend hiring one of the region’s location professionals. They are the experts and can help you navigate the landscape and permitting processes in Seattle and the region:
- NWScouts.com: Seattle region location scouts and managers
- Reel Crew: Washington Filmworks crew database
- NWFilm.com: Northwest Production Index
As always, please contact the Office of Film + Music any time if you have questions or input.