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Montana Film Office

Oct
3
2013
MFO Still Offering Location and Permitting Services During Federal Shutdown

(HELENA) – Montana Film Commissioner Deny Staggs announced today that the Montana Film Office stands ready to assist any productions shooting in Montana in finding alternative locations due to the closure of federal lands and parks.

“The film office hopes the issues surrounding the shutdown are resolved quickly,” explained Staggs, “but there are still plenty of great private and state managed properties that can give any production that signature Montana beauty. Our office stands ready to help productions or scout teams with any locations or permitting assistance they may need during this federal shutdown.”

The shutdown of nationally managed lands and parks has led to closures in-state including:

  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Glacier National Park
  • Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
  • Big Hole National Battlefield
  • Grant Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site
  • Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
  • Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center
  • Pompey’s Pillar National Monument Interpretive Center
  • Fort Peck Interpretive Center
  • National Bison Range
  • All federally-managed wildlife refuges
  • All campgrounds and recreation sites on public lands managed by BLM, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

While this list is not exhaustive, the Montana Film Office is closely watching other areas that could be affected and can provide that information upon request.

The thousands of alternate locations that Montana has to offer may be found at: http://mt.reel-scout.com/loc_results.aspx. “Even with the closure of some of the amazing sites we have to offer,” said Staggs, “from the mountains of the west to the plains in the east we have plenty of ultimate locations that are still open for business.”

For any questions regarding permitting, locations, or productions in Montana contact the Montana Film Office at montanafilm@mt.gov or 1.800.553.4563.

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