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Montana Film Office

Mar
13
2014
Big Sky Film Grant – Award Recipients

The Montana Big Sky Film Grant was created to build partnerships with filmmakers and production companies by providing seed funding to enable the creation of jobs related to filmmaking production, enhance the marketing of Montana’s tourism regions, people, history, overall quality of life, and support Montana’s filmmaking community. The program presents four categories of funding on an annual rolling basis each fiscal year for (1) film and television projects spending over $300k in Montana, (2) resident Montana filmmakers, (3) filmmakers who are taking Montana made movies to internationally juried film festivals, and (4) projects that create Montana-centric content that can be utilized to promote Montana as a film and tourism destination.

Below is a list of Big Sky Film Grant award recipients, last updated in March of 2016. For more information on these projects or the Big Sky Film Grant program contact the film office.

FILM GRANT

Standing Room Only | Lone Pine Productions – $24,500

The Thin Line | The Thin Line, LLC – $19,500

Cowboys vs. Dinosaurs | Oracle Film Group – $18,000

Exit the Darkroom – Helio Collective – $72,527

Oracle Film Group Film Slate & Animation Facility | Oracle Film Group – $160,000

Winter Light | Innerlight Films, Lodger Films – $25,000

Big Muddy Moose | Scott Mestrezat – $1,000

Certain Women | Clyde Park, LLC – $280,000

All My Relations | Searching Pictures, LLC – $6,600

Generations | Shane Scherholz – $10,000

Which Dog’s Which? | Attack Team Entertainment – $60,000

Living Big Sky | Orion Entertainment – $20,000

The Shaman (Dead 7) | Music Vox Productions – $20,000

 

RESIDENT FILMMAKER GRANT

Winter In The Blood | Ranchwater Films – $24,500

Alex Smith, Andrew J. Smith

And We Were Young | Voyageur Pictures – $32,059

Andy Smetanka

A Portrait of CM Russell | University of Montana, KUFM-TV Montana PBS – $44,250

Gus Chambers, Paul Zalis, William Marcus

The Best Bar In America | Firewater Film Company – $22, 500

Damon Ristau, Eric Ristau

What Separates Us | Interwoven Studios – $14,000

Brian Ferriter, Isaac Marble

Is It The Water | Inliminal – $20,000

Geoffry Pepos

Spirit of Montana | Chisel Industries – $50,000

Yarrow Kraner, Matthew Barbour

Never Too Late | ColorBURN productions – $15,000

Devon Riter

The Ecology of Jazz | Tree & Sky Media Arts – $50,000

Pam Voth

Fire Season | Invincible Arts Society – $5,000

Andrew Smith, Courtney Saunders

Saving For The Day | Saving For The Day, LLC – $20,000

John D. Nilles

Love Like Gold | Love Like Gold, LLC – $20,000

Kier Atherton, Skye Grace Bennett

The Tinderbox | The Montana Movie Factory – $20,000

Elizabeth Cox

And We Were Young | Voyageur Pictures – $35,000

Andy Smetanka

Byong Cho’s Alley House | Grizzly Creek Films – $34,000

Thomas Winston

Kayla Adams “Sober & Sorry” | Stafford Multimedia – $25,000

Brian Skuletich

Backroads of Montana | Broadcast Media Center/ University of Montana – $15,000

William Marcus

For All | Wheelhouse Missoula – $3,850

Rachel Stevens

The Bug Movie: Life and Times of the People’s Car | Firewater Film Co – $22,000

Damon Ristau

Feral | Sorcery Films/ Digital Sorcery – $8,000

Heidi DuBose

Lester Leaps In | Montana Mafia Productions – $10,000

Mike Steinberg

Song of Montana | High Plains Films – $40,000

Dru Carr

80 Mile Radius: The Motorcyclists & Legendary Rides of MT | Air Mail Pictures – $8,600

Eric Ristau

Supporting Troops Through Fly Fishing | Simms Fishing Products – $15,000

Chris Patterson

 

FESTIVAL GRANT

All The Labor | High Plains Films – $5,000

SXSW

Winter In The Blood – $5,000

Los Angeles Film Festival

A Tangled Tale | Corrie Francis Parks – $5,000

Annecy International Animation Festival , Hamburg International Short Film Festival

Where God Likes to Be | Counter Production – $1,000

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

Bella Vista | Slowtale, LLC – $5,000

International Film Festival Rotterdam

20/Nothing | Wheelhouse Missoula – $3,000

Hot Docs – Canadian International Documentary Festival

Winter Light and Summer Light | Max Lowe Media – $1,200

Mountain Film in Telluride

Where God Likes to Be | Counter Production – $4,000

Margaret Mead Film Festival

Bella Vista | Slowtale, LLC – $3,100

Local Sightings Film Festival, Filmfest Hamburg, San Diego Asian Film Festival

Unbranded | Fin & Fur Films, LLC – $2,000

Santa Barbara Film Festival

Unbranded | Fin & Fur Films, LLC – $2,500

Hot Docs, Telluride Mountain Film Festival, Equus International Film Festival, Port Townsend Film Festival, Ellensburg Film Festival

Subterranea | Birdman Films – $5,000

Rhode Island International Film Festival

 

DEVELOPMENT GRANT

Deer Father | Katie M. Roberts – $3,500

Abdulai (Ekumfi Atakwa) | Aidan Avery – $5,000

Bella Vista | Slowtale, LLC – $10,000

Subterranea | Birdman Films, LLC – $10,000

Film Crew Profiles | Speakeasy Studios – $15,000

Film School by Vargo | Mark Vargo Films – $12,500

Spirit Canoe | Helio Collective – $22,456

9 Pieces of Peace | Quiet Island Films – $15,000

Art Montana | Porch Productions – $11,951

UM Media Arts Showcase | Porch Productions – $13,500

Missoula Midsummer | Roger Hedden – $14,500

Montana On Location | Speakeasy Studios – $33,000

The Montana Experience YouTubeChannel | Big Sky Pictures – $50,000

Epic Montana YouTube Channel | Rented Mule Media – $50,000

The Reel West Montana YouTube Channel | Adagio Production – $50,000

Bard in the Backcountry | Montana PBS – $26,000

Yellowstone Northern Range Promotional Videos | Gardiner/Coulter Pass/Silver Gate Chambers of Commerce – $5,000

The Audience Awards | Film Spur – $14,993

Drive-In Across America | Drive-in Doc, LLC – $15,000

Headlock Security | DogSky Films – $26,080

Searching for Colors | Matthew Wheat – $500

The Native Ways | 360 Degree Films – $3,000

Wranglers, Dudes & Homesteaders | Rohrer Film & Video, Inc. – $4,000

Epic Montana | Rented Mule Media – $12,500

Doc | Story Road Films – $4,000

The Hunt | Lindsey Brunken – $500

Cold Comfort | Unconventional Productions – $8,000

The Ice Climber, Portrait of Ed Kemmick | Marshall Granger – $1,650

DIY406 | Liberty Productions – $7,800

5 Best Montana Fly Fishing Rivers | 406 Productions – $21,000

Birds of Prey – Wings Over Montana | Furrow Productions – $3,500

Between the Parks | Unconventional Productions – $19,000

Owls of Montana | Distill Productions – $8,000

Time Lapse Hunter | Rhythm Productions – $14,000

Waves & Women | Spout Films – $8,000

Stay Wild | Lever, LLC – $7,000

Wranglers, Dudes & Homesteaders | Rohrer Film & Video – $4,000

Darby Days | Irwin & Florence Rosten Foundation (MAPS Media) – $12,500

A People’s Champion | Adrian Pruett Entertainment – $15,000

Big Sky Sketches | Nestbox Collective – $3,500

Rare Bird | Helio Collective – $50,000

High Country Running | Jahrig Media – $7,950

Art Montana | Porch Productions – $15,000

The Montana Experience: Stories from Big Sky Country | Big Sky Pictures – $25,000

Adventure Cycling | Rented Mule Media – $10,500

Behind The Rut | Sprout Films – $8,000

Hand Made | Lever Creative – $25,000

The Ridge: Ten for Thirty | Frogpondia Films – $6,900

Spirit of Butte | Conduit, LLC – $25,000

Flow | Sprout Films – $ 37,500

New Hunters | Rented Mule Media – $18,000

Where the River Goes | Red Popsicle – $13,000

Big Sky Outdoors | Freestone Media, LLC – $20,000

Fresh Tracks with Randy Newberg | On Your Own Adventures, LLC – $6,667

Between the Parks: Holiday Spectacular | LIFExDOM – $12,100

Epic Montana Year 2 Support Grant | Rented Mule Media – $25,000

Montana Rooted | Elements Mixed Media – $20,000

Montana Winter Yurt Tour | Jahrig Media – $5,000

White Horse | Max Lowe Media – $20,000

The Reel Stars of Montana | Lever, LLC – $12,000

The Makers | Freestone Media, LLC – $20,000

Backcountry Cabin Skiing | Jahrig Media – $5,000

Mountain Miles | Jahrig Media – $4,000

Seasons | Universal Vision, Incorporated – $4,500

Way Around | The Life Cosmic Project/ Soulmotion – $5,000

360 Video | InsideMT – $49,925

Adventure Cycling Montana | Rented Mule Media – $21,300

Big Sky Sketches Shorts Series: Season 2 | Nestbox Collective – $6,169.50

Chasing Light- Yellowstone National Park | Rented Mule Media – $6,750

Dirt & Rubber | Tyler Swank – $4,500

Epic Montana Short-Form Promos | Rented Mule Media – $10,000

Greater Yellowstone Adventure Series | Step 1 Films – $6,450

Montana Bicycle Racing | Rented Mule Media – $9,350

Montana Motorcycle Touring | Rented Mule Media – $9,150

Montana Promotional Mini-docs Project | High Plains Films – $10,000

Montana Rooted Season 2 | Elements Mixed Media – $30,300

Mountain Miles – Episode 4 | Jahrig Media – $4,750

The 10-10-10 Challenge | Ë Media – $8,000

The Montana Flyfishing Series | Rented Mule Media – $12,500

The Montana Sessions | Universal Vision, Inc. – $12,975

Badger Creek | Skurnik Productions – $4,500

Epic Montana Skate Park & Fly Fishing Tour | Hi-Line Films – $10,000

Keep Our Blackfoot | PMD Productions – $5,000

Modern Native | Eddie Roqueta – $10,000

Thru-Hiking Through Life – The Creative Collective, $2,000

Willow Creek Road | Jenna Ciralli/From the Heart Productions – $6,000

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