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Professional filmmakers must submit a Smithsonian film application for all requests to include Smithsonian content in a film production. To request an application, please send an email to with “Film Application” in the subject line.

Please note that the film application process is for the inclusion of Smithsonian content in your film and may not only be solicited as location/site application. Smithsonian content includes, but is not limited to, interviews with Smithsonian staff and museum researchers, programs, exhibitions, collections, facilities, and multimedia.

The film application process typically takes 2-3 weeks to complete, so please contact us with ample time before your intended film date.

See answers to frequently asked questions relating to Photographing, Filming and Video Taping.

The museum’s Office of Communications and Public Affairs is a resource to help facilitate the film application process with the Smithsonian. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Communications and Public Affairs at (202) 633-2950.

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