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Find production companies, locations services, film equipment and camera rental companies, post production companies, film crew, and many more production services for your commercial, TV or film production in Montana, USA, including Helena.

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Tax Incentives - Useful tax information for filming in Montana, USA

Type of Incentive
20% Cash Grant
Maximum Benefit

Big Sky Film Grant

Compensation and Project Caps/ Funding Per Year

Programs are administered on a first-come, first-served basis.


Annual Cap: $1M

What Qualifies

'Qualified production costs' are costs for tangible property or services used or performed within MT directly and predominantly in the production (including post-production) of a qualified film. Qualified production costs generally include most below-the-line items including costs of technical and crew production, expenditures for facilities, props, makeup, wardrobe, set construction, background talent, etc., and generally exclude costs of stories and scripts, and wages for writers, directors, and producers.

Application Considerations

Production company registration is required. Contact the Montana Secretary of State Business Service Division. Register the production with the Montana Secretary of State. Submit the Big Sky on the Big Screen Act Pre-Certification Application with script copy or synopsis and the intended distribution plan.

Submit five-part application. YouTube applicants must first submit a 'Preliminary Pitch' and receive pitch approval before applying for the grant. After grant approval, a letter of commitment is required.

Application Considerations

CPA audit/review.

Loan-Out Company Considerations

Registration: Yes.

Withholding: None.

Crew Base Considerations

Full service grip and electric rental house. In addition, MT has 300 freelance crew members in most physical production categories.

Is Mappable
No
Has Incentive Program
No
You Should Know

Employees must fill out a residency declaration for the state of Montana.

Project Criteria

Cash Grant (no minimum spend):

  • Feature Film And TV Grant: Up to 20% of all qualifying expenditures if >= 50% of principal photography in MT (when combined with the tax incentive).

  • Resident Filmmaker Grant: Up to $50K grant allocation if filmmaker is an MT resident with a validated credit as a producer, director, or primary director of photography.

  • Development Grant: Up to $50K grant allocation if MT based production creates MT centric content screened exclusively on grant funded YouTube Channel

Commissioner

Montana Film Office | www.montanafilm.com

Deny Staggs, Film Commissioner
Phone: 800.553.4563 | [email protected]


Additional Benefit

Name
Hotel Tax Exemption
Stipulations
"7% Bed Tax > 30 Days"

Cap

Annual
1000000

Features

Soundstages
No
Post Facilities
No
Water Tank
No
Beach
No
Bridges
No
Big City
No
Desert
No
Mountains
Yes
Historical Architecture
No
Southern
No
Tropical
No

Expenditure

In-State Vendors
NA
Out-of-State Vendors
NA
Fringes Paid
NA
Taxes Paid
NA

Qualified Compensation Expenditures

Animation
Yes
Award Shows
No
Broadway
No
Commercials
Yes
Documentaries
Yes
Feature Films
Yes
Game Shows
Yes
Industrials
Yes
Infomercials
Yes
Interactive Media and Video Games
Yes
Music Videos
Yes
News
No
Post-Production
Yes
Reality Shows
Yes
Scripted Shows
Yes
Soundtrack
Yes
Sporting Events
No
Talk Shows
Yes
Trailers
Yes
Visual Effects
Yes
Webisodes
Yes

Proposed Legislation

Identifier
15-31-901, MCA to 15-31-911, MCA

These materials have been prepared by Entertainment Partners for informational purposes only and should not be construed as tax advice or relied on for specific projects. Though every effort has been made to remain current, laws and incentives change and, therefore, this information may have been revised. Please contact EP Financial Solutions or your legal or tax advisors to confirm any laws or the effect of incentives on your project.

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