Written by on Sep 8, 2011. Posted in On Location

Montana Film Office competition attracting filmmakers to shoot on location

A new competition could help long-term plans to raise Montana's profile as a production centre in the US. The Montana Film Office is offering production equipment and services worth USD20,000 to a filmmaker who can give the best reason why their project should be filmed in Montana.

Dubbed ‘Pitch the 406’, the competition is targeting new filmmakers working with low budgets. All they need to do is submit a three-minute film explaining why their project is ideally suited for Montana. This could be in the form of a straightforward pitch-to-camera or a more adventurous trailer or sample scene from their project, which can be in any genre or style.

This is an exciting opportunity for filmmakers who have the inspiration they need to shoot a movie in Montana. The contest also offers young and aspiring filmmakers great exposure to some of Hollywood’s very talented veterans.

Sten Iversen, Montana Film Commissioner

Sten Iversen, Montana Film Commissioner, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for filmmakers who have the inspiration they need to shoot a movie in Montana. The contest also offers young and aspiring filmmakers great exposure to some of Hollywood’s very talented veterans, who are sitting on our judging panel.”

The judging panel will include Marty Katz, former Executive Vice President in charge of Motion Pictures and Television for Walt Disney Studios. There will also be Mike Fantasia, who first scouted Montana in the 1980s for Steven Spielberg’s Always and has worked with the director many times since.

The submission deadline for the competition is 30th November 2011 and the winner will be announced in the first week of January 2012.

Images courtesy of the Montana Film Office.

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