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Jun
26
2020
Call for Entries: Holly Weird Film Festival

Holly Weird Film Festival’s call for entries has just opened for the 2021 season and is currently taking submissions and seeking cool scripts and films from filmmakers around the world! Submit HERE and use discount code hollyweird2021.

Jun
24
2020
Montana Arts Council Announces the Availability of COVID-19 Emergency Funding

The Montana Arts Council (MAC) is pleased to announce the availability of COVID-19 emergency funding to offset losses and encourage continued creative efforts. MAC will award funds to nonprofit organizations, artists, and cultural workers in Montana. The funds come through the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) as part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and […]

Jun
17
2020
Casting Call for Feature Film, Creatures – June 20, 2020 in Dupuyer

Jun
3
2020
Emmy Award Winning Composer Seeking Powerful Footage and Film Editing

Emmy Award Winning Composer is teaming up with filmmakers and record executives to release a series of internet videos. Seeking powerful footage and film editing to match the musical work of a multi Grammy and Oscar winning team.     Please inquire by sending an email to lance@bendiksenproductions.com or by calling 720-234-1234 Professional inquires only.  Thank you for your […]

Jun
1
2020
Montana is Now in Phase 2 of the State’s Reopening Plan

Please visit our page for all your filming and reopening questions:

Jun
1
2020
Submissions Now Open for the 18th Annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is now open for submissions, seeking documentary film entries in consideration for the 18th annual event planned for February 2021. The festival accepts submissions of non-fiction films of all forms, lengths, subject matters and genres. Deadlines for 2021 festival submissions:Earlybird Deadline – July 10, 2020Regular Deadline – September 30, 2020Late Deadline – October 16, […]

May
20
2020
Guidance for Out-of-State Travelers and Residents

The 14-day travel quarantine for out-of-state travelers and residents arriving from another state or country to Montana for non-work-related purposes will be lifted on June 1.  Governor Steve Bullock is asking visitors to do their part slow the spread of COVID-19 which means taking the same social distancing and sanitation precautions that Montanans are taking.  […]

May
19
2020
Governor Bullock Announces Montana to Enter Phase Two of Reopening Plan on June 1

Governor Steve Bullock today announced the state will move to Phase Two of the Reopening the Big Sky plan and will lift the 14-day out-of-state travel quarantine beginning June 1 as Montana continues to have the lowest number of positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations per capita. Read the full press release HERE. Also visit our Film […]

May
7
2020
Filming In Montana During Our Re-Opening Phase

If you are interested in filming in Montana during our re-opening phase, please read our plan here:

May
7
2020
Rule Hearing Pertaining to the MEDIA Act

Friday May 8, 2020, the Montana Department of Revenue will hold a rule hearing pertaining to their Administrative Rules concerning the MEDIA Act (film tax credit). This is the first tax incentive of this kind for the industry in Montana, so it’s important to read the proposed rules carefully and evaluate.  Public comment is very […]

May
5
2020
Montana Coronavirus Phase One Reopening FAQs

Read the State of Montana phase one reopening frequently asked questions below.

May
5
2020
Casting Call: Short Film, Billings, Summer 2020

We are looking for 3 roles for a short film to be shot in Billings, MT summer 2020. The work load will be one day approximately 10 hours of work. The short film will be scary in nature with some violence and gore, no nudity. Due to the recent health concerns with the Covid-19 outbreak […]

May
5
2020
IFP Accepting Submissions for 42nd Annual IFP Week

IFP is now accepting submissions for the 42nd annual IFP Week’s Project Forum September 20-24, 2020), the only international co-production market for narrative fiction and non-fiction features and series in the U.S. The program supports both emerging and established artists by providing creative and business opportunities to groundbreaking storytellers working in a wide variety of formats. A primary […]

May
5
2020
Roy W Dean Grant for Summer Now Accepting Submissions

Created to help independent filmmakers get their films started or completed, the 2nd Roy W. Dean Grant of 2020 is now open for applications. Grant winner will receive $3,500 cash as well as $20,000 more in film goods and production services. Founded in 1993 by  Carole Dean, President of top rated non-profit From the Heart Productions, […]

Apr
22
2020
Governor Bullock Announces Plan to Begin Phased Reopening of Montana

Please read the Governor’s phased plan below. When we know more hard dates that affect film production in the state, we will update here and on our social channels.

Apr
20
2020
Local Independent Feature Film in Search of Crew

Local filmmaker, Horizon Pictures, is accepting resumes for all crew positions for an independent feature film to be shot entirely in Livingston, MT.  Filming will take place late summer 2020 or early summer 2021 dependent on the current COVID situation. Interested crew can email resumes to projectrisemovie@gmail.com.

Apr
8
2020
Governor Bullock Extends Directives Issued to Respond to COVID-19 Pandemic

Directives extended through April 24 to protect Montanans by slowing the spread of COVID-19. Read directive below.

Apr
1
2020
It’s Census Day! Montana 2020 Census: Make it Count!

Complete the 2020 Census Now Filling out the Census is quick, easy, and safe. It will take less than 10 minutes to complete and your information and privacy are protected by federal law. The 2020 Census is now live and available to fill out online at my2020census.gov. The 2020 Census can also be completed by […]

Mar
31
2020
Travel Alert: Governor Bullock Directs 14-Day Quarantine for Travelers Arriving in Montana From Another State or Country

Governor Steve Bullock today directed that travelers arriving from another state or country to Montana for non-work-related purposes undergo a 14-day self-quarantine. The Directive follows the governor’s prior travel advisory and last week’s Stay at Home Directive. Read below:

Mar
30
2020
Call for Entries: Raindance

Raindance Film Festival invites UK and International producers and filmmakers to submit their films to its 28th edition that will take place in Autumn 2020 (October 28 – November 7 2020)  in central London. The Raindance Film Festival aims to show the very best in new cinema from the UK and around the world and specializes in first-time directors and discovery. Learn […]

Mar
30
2020
Montana 2020 Census: Make it Count

Counting everyone in Montana is critical because it determines the state’s share of federal funding over the next decade, it shapes local voting districts, and it determines whether Montana will get another representative in Congress. Montana receives an estimated $2 billion in federal funds each year based on Census data. For every Montana resident counted, […]

Mar
30
2020
Governor Bullock Issues Stay at Home Directive to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Directive asks Montanans to stay home to maximum extent possible except for essential activities, temporarily restricts all nonessential businesses and operations. Read below.

Mar
30
2020
Missoula 48 Hour Film Project Competition

Montana filmmakers! As we’re sure you are aware, the COVID-19 virus (coronavirus) has unfortunately affected all events around the globe. As we all face an unknown time frame for how long closures and quarantines will stay in effect, we have made a commitment to protect the health of our filmmakers and the general public. To […]

Mar
27
2020
Last Chance to Apply for Roy W. Dean Film Grant for Spring

The deadline for the first the Roy W. Dean Film Grant for 2020 is coming up fast. All entries for the grant for independent filmmakers must be submitted by March 31st. Celebrating its 28th year, the Roy W. Dean Film Grant seeks projects in need of help getting finished that are unique and make a contribution […]

Mar
23
2020
Watch Atomic Apocalypse on Amazon – Big Sky Film Grant Recipient

Big Sky Film Grant Recipient, Atomic Apocalypse is now available on Amazon! Buy or rent the film from Amazon.com and please, please, please leave a good review!

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