Grants & Access

Announcing the Outsider Films Fellowship

Deadline EXTENDED: April 1, 2017




A two-week residency for 2-4 documentary filmmakers to explore the contemporary relationship between city and country. Residency includes housing in the Methow Valley of Washington for six days in April and six days in October 2017. Exact dates dependent upon fellows’ availability. Fellows will also receive instruction from experienced documentary pros, and assistance in production from start to finish. Finished work will be shown at Northwest Film Forum. 

For whom:

Applicants will be accepted on the quality of their finished work and perceived depth of a filmmaker’s understanding of the collaborative process. A computer and advanced knowledge of an editing platform are required of each applicant.

By whom:

The course is designed and organized by Peter J. Vogt, longtime documentary filmmaker and board president of Northwest Film Forum. Other quality human beings and masters of their craft will duck in and out of the program, leaving fellows moved and inspired.

Fellowship does not cover expenses. We will provide as much equipment as possible. 


Apply to [email protected] by March 20th with a short bio and explanation of why the fellowship appeals to you. A request for work samples will follow.



Space Access | Artist Support Programs | Fiscal Sponsorship Application _________________________________________________________



Space Access


>Submit your Space Access request here<


What is the Space Access service and whom does it serve?

This service makes multiple rooms in our Capitol Hill venue available at no cost every Thursday. The service is intended for daytime meeting and practice space for independent artists and grassroots community groups. This is an experiment in addressing a community need, so we need your feedback to let us know how it’s working!
If you would like to rent the venue for a ticketed or public event, film screening, or corporate meeting, please see more information here

When are rooms in the Film Forum available?

Thursdays from 11am-4pm. Requests can be made for up to 60 minutes. Based on staff capacity and feedback, we may extend the daytime access hours and/or the length of time you can reserve a room.

Which rooms in the Film Forum are available?

Depending on the date, the large theater (118 seats), small theater (46 seats), workshop room (12 seats) and edit suite (6 computer stations) are available. Please make requests based on the number of people or space needs that you have, and we will find the right room for you. All rooms have wifi. The workshop room is the least accessible room. 

How do I make a scheduling request?

Fill out this form with your contact information and details about your space need. 

When will I hear back about my request?

The requests will be reviewed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. You will receive an email reply to your request from [email protected] We will do our best to reply to all requests within the week they are made.

Can I make a request over the phone, or in person?

At this time, we only have the capacity to process requests via email.

Is there tech or staff support available?

A staff person will greet you, show you to the room, and share the wifi info, but there is no staff support for your meeting. Computers and software in the edit suite will be accessible, login information will be provided for bookings in that space. The workshop room has speakers and a projector which can connect to your laptop via hdmi and thunderbolt. 

Can I screen a movie?

Not at this time.

How far in advance can I make a request? 

The schedule is booked one month at a time. Once the available slots have been filled each month, we will update this page. 

How often can I book the space?

You can make weekly requests. We will try to accommodate as many requests as possible each week. 

Please respect our space by keeping it clean!

Are there any space access opportunities in the evening? 

Yes, Open Lab! Open Lab provides free access to the edit lab on Tuesday evenings. The edit lab has six iMac editing stations with Final Cut X and Adobe CC2015 available. Open Lab is a great time to meet collaborators and get networked with the NWFF editing community. Upcoming Open Labs:  Jan 24, Jan 31, Feb 7 (6pm-8pm)

How can I help support NWFF and programs like the Space Access Service?

Make a gift to our annual fund drive here!


Artist Support Programs


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 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! 

Help Desk will be open with a local filmmaker to answer your questions and help connect you to resources every Thursday from 3:30pm to 7pm. Feel free to walk in but priority will be given to those who schedule in advance. To schedule a session click here.

If you have questions email [email protected]


Documentary Film Fund

Northwest Film Forum's Documentary Film Fund was created to support the best new nonfiction films being made. The Fund gives substantial cash gifts and post-production support to promising new documentary film projects from the Northwest. Email Chris Day for more information.

Fiscal Sponsorship

Non-profit sponsorship extends Northwest Film Forum's non-profit umbrella to your production. With sponsorship, many grants that fund only non-profits become available to your project, and individual contributions to your production become tax-deductible. (This program does NOT provide financing)             


Fiscal Sponsorship Application

Fill out my online form.