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Montana

Eligible Production Types

  • Feature Films
  • Scripted Television
  • Reality Television
  • Documentaries
  • Animation
  • Video Games
  • Webisodes
  • Talk Shows
  • Game Shows
  • Live Events
  • Commercials

Location Production Needs

  • Rural
  • Suburban
  • Snow
  • Tropical
  • Beaches/Ocean
  • Mountains
  • Lakes/Rivers
  • Deserts
  • Forests
  • City

Legislation

MEDIA Act - HB 293

Montana Film Office

Allison Whitmer, Film Commissioner

301 South Park Avenue

Helena, MT 59620

406.841.2876

allison.whitmer@mt.gov

www.montanafilm.com

Incentive

20-35% Transferable Tax Credit

Project Criteria

15-20%

25%

15-20%

15%

$350K

Qualified Spend

20% of qualified expenditures. Qualified expenditures include preproduction and production expenditures incurred in Montana that are directly used for a qualified production.

Additional components can increase the credit to a maximum of 35%. Those add-on incentives can include:

  • 25% of compensation for Montana resident crews
  • 15% of compensation for non-Montana resident crews
  • 30% of compensation paid to students
  • 20% of ATL compensation per production or TV series season
  • 15% of compensation paid to actors
  • 10% of payments to Montana colleges and universities
  • 10% of all in-studio facility and equipment rental expenditures
  • 5% of expenditures in high poverty counties
  • 25% of post-production wages (not effective until 2021)
  • 5% for Montana screen credit
Program Guidelines

$10M

Yes

Yes

Additional Considerations
  • A credit may be transferred only once each year
  • The transfer may involve one or more transferees
  • A transferee must acquire the credit for a minimum of 85% of its value
  • The notification of the transfer of a tax credit must be accompanied by a fee equal to 2% of the value of the transferred credit