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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 and support Montana’s filmmaking community while enhancing the marketing efforts of Montana’s tourism regions, people, history, and overall quality of life.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Click link to learn who can apply, when to apply, and review criteria for applications: Big Sky Film Grant Instructions & Guidelines – PDF
Applications for the Big Sky Film Grant are accepted throughout the year. To apply to any of the grant-types above, contact the film office directly at 406-841-2876 or email MontanaFilm@mt.gov.