MN Production Rebate

The MN Production Rebate is an incentive passed by the Minnesota Legislature and signed into law by the Governor to create new film production jobs in Minnesota. The program provides a reimbursement of up to 25% of production and post costs for qualifying Feature Film, Documentary, Music Video, National Television Program or Series, Television Pilot, TV Commercial, Internet and Post Production Only projects. It is funded by Minnesota statute 116U.26 with administrative oversight and control by the commissioner of the Department of Employment and Economic Development. 

Eligibility of reimbursements is based on the language of this statute and is non-negotiable.

Submission and/or certification of an application does not in any way guarantee that a project will be reimbursed or that funds will be available. Applications are received and reviewed by MN Film & TV with final approval and reimbursement payment to follow after economic activity has occurred and all financial obligations in Minnesota have been paid and verified. If MN photography has already begun, the project is NOT eligible to apply.

Download the MN Production Rebate guidelines, application forms and expenditure report below:  

1._Guidelines.8.2019.pdf

2._Application_8.2019.pdf

3._Rebate_Expenditure_Report.8.2019.xls

4._Production_Rebate_Reimbursement_affidavit.pdf

Applications can be sent to MN Film & TV 401 North 3rd Street, Suite 245, Minneapolis, MN 55401, attn: MN Production Rebate or emailed to jill@mnfilmtv.org

Deadlines:

Applications should be received by 5pm CST on the day before scheduled review. Projects that have begun principal photography are not eligible to apply. 

Application Review Thurs. 9/26/19
If budget is under $1M production must begin by 12/25/19 
If budget is over $1M production must begin by 3/26/20 
 
Application Review Thurs. 10/31/19 
If budget is under $1M production must begin by  1/29/20
If budget is over $1M production must begin by 5/1/20
 
Application Review Thurs. 11/21/19
If budget is under $1M production must begin by  2/19/20 
If budget is over $1M production must begin by 5/21/20
 
Application Review Thurs. 12/19/19  
If budget is under $1M production must begin by  3/18/20 
If budget is over $1M production must begin by 6/19/20
 
Application Review Thurs. 1/30/20      
If budget is under $1M production must begin by 4/29/20
If budget is over $1M production must begin by 7/30/20
 
Application Review Thurs. 2/27/20
If budget is under $1M production must begin by  5/27/20 
If budget is over $1M production must begin by 8/27/20
 
Application Review Thurs. 3/26/20    
If budget is under $1M production must begin by 6/24/20 
If budget is over $1M production must begin by 9/26/20
 
Application Review Thurs. 4/30/20
If budget is under $1M production must begin by 7/29/20  
If budget is over $1M production must begin by 10/30/20
 
Application Review Thurs. 5/28/20
If budget is under $1M production must begin by 8/26/20 
If budget is over $1M production must begin by 11/28/20
 
Application Review Thurs. 6/25/20       
If budget is under $1M production must begin by 9/23/20 
If budget is over $1M production must begin by 12/25/20


Please note: MN Production Rebate funds are limited. If applications received for the MN Production Rebate exceed the total amount appropriated by the state for the program, MN Film & TV will maintain a waiting list. Projects that meet eligibility may be provisionally certified in amounts up 25% in the event that funds become available. Submission and/or provisional certification of an application does not in any way guarantee that a project will be reimbursed or that funds will be available

Questions about the program should be directed to MN Film & TV at 612.767.0095 or jill@mnfilmtv.org.