Big Sky Film Grant
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.
BSFG-eligible productions include: Feature Films | Short films | Documentaries | Television
Certain categories of productions are excluded from the program, including, but not limited to, broadcast news or current affairs programs, interview or talk shows, instructional videos, sport shows or events, adult content, and daytime soap operas.
Feature Film & TV
Awarded to a feature-length film or TV series that shoots at least 50% of principal photography in Montana and has a Montana spend of $350K (or more). Possible award amount is not capped.
Awarded to a feature-length project that is produced by a Montana resident filmmaker that has a validated credit as a Producer, Director, or primary Director of Photography. Must shoot at least 50% of principal photography in Montana. Possible award amount is $1,000 to $100K per project.
Awarded to filmmakers who create short-form content. Examples include short narrative, pilots, documentary, animation, webisodes, and Montana-centric stories. Must be produced, created, and/or filmed at least 50% in Montana. Possible award amount is $1,000 to $50K per project.
When to Apply — What to Expect
The Fiscal Year 2022 grant cycle opens September 1, 2021 at 8 am and closes November 1, 2021 at 11:59 pm, MST.
BEFORE APPLYING: Read the Instructions & Guidelines HERE – to determine if you are right for the program, what to expect in the application, and program rules and requirements.
TO APPLY: Apply through the appropriate category button below. The Montana Film Office uses Submittable (cloud-based application manager) for applying to the program; you will have to create a username and password. Do NOT apply with multiple projects. Only one project per applicant/production company can be awarded in one of the three categories per grant cycle.
AFTER APPLYING: Once you apply, your application is checked for completeness, viability, and financials. If your application package is missing items, isn’t complete, or is not feasible – you will be contacted right away to either amend your application or withdraw from the round.
WHEN GRANT ROUND CLOSES: Once the grant round closes on November 1, 2021 at 11:59 pm, MST – successful applications are collected and disbursed to the BSFG Review Committee. The Committee will meet in January to award the FY22 grant round. If you have a complete application, it is guaranteed to be reviewed by the grant committee and scored for value and special considerations.