Incentives

Thanks for considering Minnesota for your next production.

Minnesota has two state incentive programs which can be combined with incentives offered by regional/local communities.

Snowbate

A reimbursement of 20% to 25% of Minnesota production expenditures.  The incentive is available to qualified feature films, documentaries, TV pilots, programs or series, TV commercials, music videos, internet and post production only.  Click here for more information about the Snowbate Production Incentive. PLEASE NOTE: if MN photography has already begun, the project is NOT eligible to apply.

Other free production resources:

  • HOTLINE:  Take advantage of this highly-visited part of our site to publicize your next casting call, crew position openings and other production related opportunities.

  • PRODUCTION DIRECTORY:  Search the directory to find MN production personnel and organizations or post your own listing.

Snowbate Operations Committee

This group of industry professionals are responsible for developing and updating the Snowbate guidelines and terms and conditions in accordance with Minnesota statute 116U.26 Film Production Jobs Program.

The committee is comprised of volunteer representatives from the Minnesota production community.

 

Jill Johansen -- Incentives Specialist, Minnesota Film and Television

Heidi Schuster, Chair -- Splice

Ace Allgood -- Channel Z

Carrie Bush -- Freelance production personnel

Melissa Butts -- Melrae Pictures

Michelle Caron -- Caron Consulting, LLC

Jane Durkee -- Tremendous! Entertainment

Julie Hartley -- Freelance producer, UpM

Laura Ivey -- Freelance producer

Emily Stevens -- tpt

Mark Steele -- Werc Werk Works

Andrew Peterson -- IFP Minnesota

Brian Simpson -- IATSE 490

(Updated July 2014)

 

Tax Exemptions

Commercial Sales Tax Exemptions

Minnesota expenditures for TV commercial production and post-production are exempt from Minnesota sales tax.

For more details click here: TV_Commerical_Sales_Tax_Exemptions.pdf

Hotel/Lodging Tax Exemption

All production personnel who stay in a hotel or other lodging under a lease agreement for 30 days of longer are exempt from state lodging tax.

For more details click here: Hotel_and_Lodging_Sales_Tax_Exemption.pdf