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Big Sky Film Grant

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The Big Sky Film Grant (BSFG) Program builds and supports partnerships with filmmakers and production companies with the intention 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 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 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.


Short-Form Content

Grant funds of up to $50,000 can be awarded to filmmakers who create short form content. Examples include short narrative, documentary, animation, webisodes, and Montana-centric stories which are produced, created, and/or filmed at least 50% in-state.

When & How to Apply / Submission Deadline

Historically, our grant cycle runs July 1st through June 30th every (fiscal) year. We are currently in our FY2021 cycle and the next grant round will be for fiscal year 2022.

The Montana Film Office is NOT accepting pre-pitches or applications to the FY2022 cycle at this time. When we are able to open the cycle to applicants, we will update this website to reflect that.

If you are considering applying to the Big Sky Film Grant program in the future – and when we open the next cycle – please know, you will have to submit a pre-pitch to our office first. If your pre-pitch is viable, we will invite you to formally apply to one of the grant categories above by sending you a link to our application on the Submittable platform.

To receive more information about the Big Sky Film Grant Program, contact:

Stacey Zyliak, Incentives Coordinator