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Take a look at the numbers!

There are 4 features, 10 post projects, 6 TV commercials, 1 TV program, and 2 TV series that are Snowbate-certified as of April 2014. The total proposed Minnesota spend? $5,568,307.19 That's the Minnesota film incentive in action!





MSPIFF April 3-19

This is your chance to see an incredible line up of films from all over the world and from our very own backyard. The MN Made Program features Snowbate-certified films like "Stay Then Go" and "Death To Prom" and legacy-funded "The Jingle Dress." Click here for info, tickets and showtimes


Your day. Your city. Your future.


On April 26th, 2014 hundreds of filmmakers, non-profit organizations, and inspired citizens will document stories that most affect the future of the Twin Cities as part of a community-wide, participatory media-creation event.  The resulting media will be showcased in an interactive, geo-tagged archive, and a TV series for public television on the future of the American city.  In addition, local media partners will exhibit the most powerful and inspiring videos created during the one-day filmmaking event.

Watch the trailer here

Go here for more info, to sign up, and to find out how to submit your film/video shot on April 26.


Dear White People Picked Up By Lionsgate: A Snowbate Success Story

The "darling" of this year's Sundance Film Festival has been acquired by Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions. DWP now joins ranks of such indie films as All Is Lost, In A World..., Biutiful, and Winter's Bone on Roadside's impressive distribution roster. The winner of the Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent at Sundance was the first feature certified under Minnesota's newly invigorated production incentive, Snowbate. Congratulations to director Justin Simien, producer Effie Brown and the entire cast and crew!

The application deadline has now passed of Minnesota Filmmakers Legacy Reimbursement Cycle 3.

Minnesota Filmmakers Legacy Reimbursement Funds Available

Minnesota Film and TV is currently accepting proposals from Minnesota-based Filmmakers with narrative features or long-form documentary works in progress (active pre-production or production--post has not commenced) that align with Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund priorities.

$155,150 is available in reimbursement funds. Filmmakers may request up to 50% of their total budget, but must have 50% of the request available in verified funds at the time of application. Full request for proposals and more info here

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    Our office is pleased to announce that with the help of many we have received $10M in rebate funds. Thanks to all involved and click here to read more.


Celebrating 30 years of promoting and supporting the state's media industries. 

What We Do:

  • Attract production to Minnesota through the Snowbate incentive program, a 20 to 25% rebate on eligible Minnesota expenditures. 
  • Market Minnesota's talent, crew and production infrastructure in the online Minnesota Production Guide.
  • Facilitate production with location and scouting services and crew, equipment and permitting referrals.
  • Maintain an extensive statewide digital location photo database.
  • Develop and sustain relationships with independent producers and location decision-makers at major studios and networks nationwide.
  • Support the creation of film and television projects that illuminate Minnesota's cultural history with funds provided by Minnesota's Clean Water and Legacy amendment. 

Explore our site and see why you should make it in Minnesota.


There have been many movies filmed entirely, or in part, in the state of Minnesota. We've hosted studio films like Grumpy Old Men (1993) and A Prairie Home Companion (2005) as well as many independent productions, often produced and directed by members of our vibrant film community. Visit our Filmography to see a timeline of movies made in our state throughout the years.

Television production in Minnesota continues to thrive. Our state is home to production companies making top-rated shows for cable networks about everything from home renovation to bizarre foods to great out-of-the-way places to dine throughout the U.S. View our TV-ography to see a list of shows currently in production and those from past decades.