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Filming in Montana

The Montana Big Sky Film Grant programme is a USD1 million fund available on an annual rolling basis to qualified productions. Approved projects can get up to 20% of their local expenditures back in cash within as little as 30 days after principal photography wraps.

The programme offers funding to filmmakers looking to shoot in-state, resident filmmakers, in-state production companies and filmmakers taking Montana-made films to internationally juried film festivals.

Administered through the Montana Department of Commerce, the grant provides funding for feature film, television, and Montana-centric content that shows the state in an indelible light and can be used for promoting Montana as a travel and filmmaking destination.


Montana has a distinct four-season climate cycle which makes for a great diversity in the state’s weather.

The west side of the state tends to have a milder climate than the east, with warmer winters, cooler summers, lighter winds and rainfall that is more evenly distributed throughout the year.

The state has a generally low humidity, and average daytime temperatures vary from -2 degrees C in January to 29 degrees C in July.

Average snowfall in Montana reaches up to 7.5 meters in the Rocky Mountains, with a range of 30-50 inches in Montana cities. The heaviest snowfall occurs between November and March, but heavy snowstorms can occur as early as mid-September or as late as May in the higher elevations of the state.

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