Filming and Photography

The Film & Events Office is responsible for managing and approving all commercial, documentary, student, UBC-related filming and photography requests at UBC.

Students in the Horticulture gardens making a film

NOTE: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidelines for filming until further notice.

UBC COVID-19 Rules and Protocols:

Locations at UBC

Most buildings owned and operated by UBC are available for filming.  Availability depends on programming occurring within the building and scheduled activity taking place on campus.

Here is a listing of UBC locations:

  • Both University of British Columbia campuses (Vancouver and Okanagan)
  • UBC Robson Square 
  • Malcolm Knapp Research Forest in Maple Ridge
  • UBC Boathouse in Richmond 

Buildings not owned and operated by UBC must be contacted directly to obtain approval. These buildings include: TRIUMF, BC Research, UBC Hospital, Vancouver School of Theology, TEF3, and Don Rix Building.

Commercial Fees

The commercial filming location fee is $2,500 per shoot day and $1,250 per prep/wrap day. Commercial photography rates are $1,250 per day.

Location fees are waived for bona fide student class productions. Students are required to pay all the other applicable fees such as parking, security, plant operations, building rentals, etc.

Other fees include:

  • Parking: $1.25 per linear foot; $20.00 per day per parking space.   
  • Security/Liaison:  up to $75 per hour. At least one security person or department liaison is required during filming.  
  • Building Operations: hourly rate for personnel for HVAC shutdown, electricians, movement of UBC property such as furniture, etc.    
  • Facility Rental Fees: additional contracts and room rental fees may apply.
  • Other fees may apply depending on location and filming requirements.

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