A River of Cash Runs Through It

While some states are debating whether they should have film tax incentives at all, others are starting to offer cold, hard cash to attract Hollywood production. Montana just joined the ranks of those offering cash benefits to filmmakers.
The state of Montana is now awarding the Big Sky Film Grant, which will provide up to $1 million in cash per fiscal year to Montana-based film and TV productions. In order to qualify, the feature film or TV show will have to shoot at least 50% of its principal photography in the state. Projects that qualify will receive funds 30 to 60 days after shooting concludes, which is a much faster time window than most state film rebates and tax credit programs.

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