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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Big Sky Film Grant


The Big Sky Film Grant (BSFG) Program builds and supports partnerships with filmmakers and production companies with the goal to create Montana film industry jobs. The grant program enhances the marketing efforts of Montana’s tourism regions and advocates for the state’s people, history and overall quality of life.

GRANT CATEGORIES

FEATURE FILM & TV GRANT
Grant funds on qualified expenditures can be awarded if the project’s in-state spend exceeds $300,000 and shoots at least 50% of principal photography in-state.

RESIDENT FILMMAKER GRANT
Grant funds of up to $50,000 can be awarded for a Montana resident filmmaker who has a validated credit as a Producer, Director or primary Director of Photography and shoots at least 50% of principal photography in-state.

DEVELOPMENT GRANT
Grant funds of up to $50,000 can be awarded to filmmakers who create Montana-centric content, which can be streamed on MFO channels, VISITMT.COM, and/or other credible streaming outlets, networks, and/or channels.

INSTRUCTIONS & GUIDELINES

Click the link to learn who can apply and review criteria for applications: BSFG Application Instructions & Guidelines 

WHEN & HOW TO APPLY

We have a yearly grant cycle that begins each fiscal year on July 1st. To be considered at the beginning of the grant cycle, we encourage applications to be in by June 30th each fiscal year. However, we do accept applications throughout the year in the instance our program is allocated more money – to which we may have an additional grant review in the same fiscal year. 

To apply to any of the grant-types above, contact the Film Office directly at 406.841.2876 or montanafilm@mt.gov or view our pre-pitch instructions HERE.

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: “Made possible in part by the Big Sky Film Grant.” Only one grant per project can be awarded.

FORMS

Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification: W-9 (pdf)

Certificate of Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding and Reporting: W-8BEN (pdf)

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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