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Montana Film Office

BIG SKY FILM GRANT

The Montana Big Sky Film Grant has been 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.

Funding Categories

The Montana Big Sky Film Grant presents the following categories of funding:

FEATURE FILM & TV GRANT
If a film or television project meets the grant criteria and the in-state spend exceeds $300,000 AND shoots at least 50% of principal photography in Montana, a qualifying scale of funds on any expenditures while filming in the state can be eligible for allocation.

NOTE: Applicants for the feature film and television grant must complete an exclusive application. Please contact the film office for more information (406) 841-2876 or email montanafilm@mt.gov.

RESIDENT FILMMAKER GRANT
If a filmmaker is a resident of Montana and has a validated credit as a Producer, Director or primary Director of Photography on a nationally distributed theatrical release, they can apply for a resident filmmaker allocation up to $50,000 for a project that meets the grant criteria and shoots at least 50% of principal photography in Montana.

DEVELOPMENT GRANT
If either a Montana filmmaker or resident production company creates Montana-centric content that can be screened exclusively on the Montana Office of Tourism, and/or Montana Film Office YouTube Channels or another established, well visited YouTube channels (or other platforms deemed necessary), they can apply for development grant allocations up to $50,000. Prior to applying for a development grant you must submit a content pitch. Click the link below to learn more about applying for development grant funding:

Development Grant Pre-Submission Guidelines – PDF

FESTIVAL GRANT
If a film associated with Montana, either by filming here or shot by a Montana resident filmmaker, is accepted into a juried/world class festival, up to $5,000 can be allocated for marketing assistance and travel to the festival.

NOTE: As a stipulation for receipt of a Montana Big Sky Film Grant, each recipient will properly credit the state of Montana at the appropriate level. This could include a listed credit, Montana Film Office or VisitMT.com logo placement in the film credits and/or on posters, web pages and other marketing materials, as well as screening considerations, cross marketing on DVD and/or other negotiable concepts. All recipients must provide access to EPK and other marketing materials and include the following credit in press releases associated with the project: “Shot on location in Montana.” Only one grant per project can be awarded.

This grant is a rolling fund that renews every fiscal year on July 1st. Availability is subject to funding.

Instructions & Guidelines

Click below to learn who can apply, when to apply and review criteria for applications:

Big Sky Film Grant Instructions & Guidelines – PDF

How to Apply

Applications for the Big Sky Film Grant are currently closed. Please contact the film office for more information.

NOTE: If you are applying for a grant in the Feature Film and Television category you must complete a separate application. Please contact the film office for more information (406) 841-2876 or email montanafilm@mt.gov.