Incentives

Thanks for considering Minnesota for your next production.

As of May 2018, all Snowbate funds have been allocated.

We are not accepting applications at this time.

Please call our office for details.

Minnesota has a state incentive program that 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.

2019 Advocacy

We are advocating for two separate bills on production incentives in the 2019 legislative session:

  1. A bill to fund the current rebate incentive at $10 million. 
    This bill will go through the JOBS COMMITTEES of the House and Senate.
  2. A bill to establish a transferable tax credit incentive. 
    This bill will go through the TAX COMMITTEES of the House and Senate.

We've prepared some information you'll find helpful in building support and advocating for our industry. The TALKING POINTS PDF contains suggestions on talking to your elected representatives in a downloadable format.

MNFilmTVTalkingPoints.pdf

We've also prepared a PRODUCTION INCENTIVES 101 sheet that explains how the two types of production incentives, REBATES and TAX CREDITS differ from each other and how they work. 

Incentives101.pdf

Who Represents Me? Plug in your address here to find out who your senator and representatives are: http://www.gis.leg.mn/OpenLayers/districts/

Below is a list of the members of the JOBS and TAX committees. If this list includes your Representative or Senator be sure to mention the bill relevant to his/her committee. You'll find downloadable sheets with contact information for these committee members below.

Members of the HOUSE JOBS COMMITTEE

Jeff Backer (R)
Anne Claflin (DFL)
Jim Davnie (DFL)
Rob Ecklund (DFL)
Bob Gunther (R)
Barb Haley (R)
Hodan Hassan (DFL)
Erin Koegel (DFL)
Jon Koznick (R)
Tim Mahoney (DFL)
Shane Mekeland (R)
Rena Moran (DFL)
Mohamud Noor (DFL)
Jason Rarick (R)
Kristin Robbins (R)
Zack Stephenson (DFL)
Mike Sundin (DFL)
Jay Xiong (DFL)

Members of the SENATE JOBS COMMITTEE

Bobby Joe Champion (DFL)
Rich Draheim (R)
Justin Eichorn (R)
Mike Goggin (R)
Karin Housley (R)
Jason Issacson (DFL)
Matt Little (DFL)
Eric Pratt (R)
Erik Simonson (DFL)
Paul Utke (R)

 

Members of the HOUSE TAX COMMITTEE

Jamie Becker-Finn (DFL)
Jeff Brand (DFL)
Lyndon Carlson Sr. (DFL)
Greg Davids (R)
Sondra Erickson (R)
Dan Fabian (R)
Aisha Gomez (DFL)
John Lesch (DFL)
Ben Lien (DFL)
Dave Lislegard (DFL)
Diane Loeffler (DFL)
Paul Marquart (DFL)
Joe McDonald (R)
Marion O'Neill (R)
John Petersburg (R)
Joe Schomacker (R)
Jennifer Schultz (DFL)
Chris Swedzinski (R)
Tou Xiong (DFL)
Cheryl Youakim (DFL)

 

Members of the SENATE TAX COMMITTEE

Paul Anderson (R)
Tom Bakk (DFL)
Roger Chamberlain (R)
Kari Dziedzic (DFL)
Melisa Franzen (DFL)
Paul Gazelka (R)
Jeff Howe (R)
Jeremy Miller (R)
Ann Rest (DFL)
David Senjem (R)

SenateCommContacts2019_full.xlsx

HouseCommContacts2019_full.xls

 

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

Mike Tabor, Chair -- AICP, Producer

Michelle Caron -- Caron Consulting, LLC

Jane Durkee -- Tremendous! Entertainment

Julie Hartley -- Freelance producer, UpM

Charles Lach -- VOLT Studios

Dave Malver -- Production Finance Consultant

Andrew Peterson -- IFP Minnesota

Brian Simpson -- IATSE 490

Mark Steele -- Werc Werk Works

Emily Stevens -- tpt

(updated 11/2017)

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Snowbate Highlights

 

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January 2017

 

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February 2017

 

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March 2017