Montana Film Office

Montana Film Office • 301 South Park Ave Helena, MT 59620 • tel: 800.553.4563 • 406.841.2876 • fax: 406.841.2877 • montanafilm@mt.gov AFCI Member

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Montana Economic Development Industry Advancement (MEDIA) Act


The MEDIA Act provides for a 20% production expenditure tax credit, with additional components that can increase the transferable credit to a maximum of 35% of total base film production investment. Those add-on incentives can include:

• 25% of compensation for Montana resident crews

• 15% of compensation for non-Montana resident crew

• 30% of compensation paid to students

• 20% of above the line compensation per production or television series season, with ceiling

• 15% of compensation paid to actors

• 10% of payments to Montana colleges or universities

• 10% of all in-studio facility and equipment rental expenditures

• 5% of expenditures in a high poverty county

• 25% of post-production wages (Not effective until 2021)

• 5% for Montana screen credit

Read HB 293, the MEDIA Act, HERE


Helpful Documents When Applying

MEDIA ACT FILING INSTRUCTIONS
These instructions assist you with the process of certification, record keeping, and submission of costs.
FILING INSTRUCTIONS


INCENTIVE ESTIMATOR
Many components make up the MEDIA ACT incentive. This estimator allows entering of potential expenditures and labor costs, as well as the additional incentive percentages, and estimates the potential costs and credit total.

NOTE: COMING SOON!


MONTANA SECRETARY OF STATE FILING TIPS
7-10 days BEFORE filling out the application, register with the Montana Secretary of State. These tips will assist in the process. You will need the confirmation documents that the Secretary of State sends via email to upload to the application.
TIPS


UNDERSERVED AREA MAP
This map defines the counties that qualify for the underserved area credit.
MAP


BUSINESS STARTUP
Business Startup Checklist (pdf)


MONTANA COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES
List of Recognized Montana Colleges and Universities (pdf)


MEDIA Act Production & Post-Production Applications

MEDIA ACT APPLICATION for PRODUCTIONS
The Montana Film Office uses Submittable (cloud-based application manager) for applying to the MEDIA Act. We urge all applicants to apply to the incentive via Submittable. You will have to establish a user name and password. Apply via the Submittable button below.

Submittable Button

A PDF version of the application is available forMEDIA Act Production Application planning purposes. You may access HERE. We discourage against applying via paper/mail applications.


MEDIA ACT APPLICATION for POST-PRODUCTION
The Montana Film Office uses Submittable (cloud-based application manager) for applying to the MEDIA Act. We urge all applicants to apply to the incentive via Submittable. You will have to establish a user name and password. Apply via the Submittable button below.

Submittable Button

A PDF version of the application is available for planning purposes. You may access HERE. We discourage against applying via paper/mail applications.


Please call or email our office with additional questions, 406.841.2876, montanafilm@mt.gov

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Montana Film Office • 301 South Park Ave Helena, MT 59620 • tel: 800.553.4563 • 406.841.2876 • fax: 406.841.2877 • montanafilm@mt.gov