Written by Joe Jackson on Dec 16, 2021. Posted in Incentive News

Grants of USD400,000 to support Nebraska feature films

Filmmakers can now apply for state-funded grants worth up to USD400,000 for projects based in Nebraska. The new Nebraska Film Office Grant is available to resident or non-resident production companies who have budgeted at least USD1 million to shoot on-location for a feature film primarily showcasing characters and locales connected to the midwestern state. This generous new scheme is administered by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED).


“Film is a powerful tool for showcasing the state to a new audience,” says Laurie Richards, Nebraska Film Office Director. “It’s also a great resource for economic development. Not only do films promote local tourism, but, their production tends to create jobs and utilize the services of local businesses. Encouraging filmmakers to showcase our unique landscape and culture is a great way to tell our story to the world.”



Production teams can apply for grants as early as 120 days prior to scheduled filming but no later than 30. These grants are available for feature films whose story and production elements meet certain criteria outlined in detail in the application guidelines. The guidelines generally stipulate that the script and resulting feature film must feature ‘a Nebraska story’ based on events that took place in Nebraska, a fictional story set in Nebraska, a story featuring characters who live(d) in Nebraska, or a story that depicts identifiable Nebraska locations.


A majority percentage of principal photography must also take place in Nebraska, and at least 50% of cumulative production workdays must utilise the services of Nebraska residents (five crew members who each work 10 days equals 50 cumulative workdays, for example).


The new scheme was authorised by the State Legislature in 2021 in order to promote the the state and in turn spur economic development through marketing. Applications for the Nebraska Film Office Grant will remain open on an ongoing cycle until all funds are depleted. A total of $1 million is available, and the DED have sole discretion of the awarding process.


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