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.
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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.
Grant funds of up to $50,000 can be awarded to 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.
Grant funds of up to $50,000 can be awarded to filmmakers who create Montana-centric content, which can be streamed on Montana Film Office channels or VISITMT.COM and/or content that is intended for other credible streaming outlets/networks and produces or creates at least 50% in-state.
For a complete set of guidelines, click: HERE
We have a yearly grant cycle that begins each fiscal year on July 1st. To be considered at the beginning of the grant cycle, applications must be submitted by June 30th each 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.
The program for fiscal year 2021 has been put on hold. As a result, we currently are not accepting pitches or proposals.
The Montana Film Office and the Big Sky Film Grant Program is entirely funded by the 4% bed tax imposed on lodging facilities in Montana. Due to Covid-19 and its impacts on the travel industry, the collection of bed tax dollars has been impacted which has affected all the grant programs within the Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development, and therefore, the Film Office.
We appreciate your interest in Montana and wanting to tell your story here. Feel free to reach out anytime for program updates. And make sure to follow our website and social channels for further information.
For questions about the Big Sky Film Grant Program, contact:
Stacey Zyliak, Incentives Coordinator
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