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Mission & Services

Dearborn River near Augusta , MT

Established in 1974, the Montana Film Office markets Montana as a business destination for production companies and provides technical assistance to productions that choose Montana. It is the responsibility of the MFO to ensure the state is film friendly. We work with producers to find locations that fit their script and serve as their liaison through every phase of their production.

Producers have come to depend on the MFO to help navigate permitting, understand regulation processes, and assist in location nuances. In the film industry, time really is money. A state’s willingness and ability to facilitate film productions often becomes a factor in choosing their location.

We strive to enhance Montana’s economy by:

  • expanding film production in the state
  • advertising Montana as open for business
  • increasing job opportunities
  • promoting the growth of small businesses
  • promoting tourism

When we say we’ll help you get your picture made, we mean it! We’ll work to save time and money before you shoot your first scene. We assist with:


We manage a database containing more than 100,000 images. We’ll provide you with customized location photography. We also assist with boots-on-the-ground scouting services to find and secure your ideal location.


We are your government experts. We can assist in the permitting process for federal, state, city, county, and tribal agencies. We also have excellent contacts in the private sector and a robust film ambassador community.

Production Assistance

Our production database houses an expansive collection of production crew, services, and talent. Find our database under the Production tab in the menu above. Our custom apps give you on-the-go support to search locations, find crew, equipment, transportation, catering, and more. Click the appropriate icon to download.

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