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Production Incentives Database

Incentive Type Credit/Rebate Combo
Spend 20-25%
Above the Line Residents 20-25%
Above the Line Nonresidents 20-25%
Below the Line Residents 20-25%
Below the Line Nonresidents N/A
Project Criteria Feature Film/Documentary/Music Video:
20% - Qualified minimum Minnesota spend of at least $100,000 and 50% of the budget available in verified funds at the time of application.

25% - Qualified minimum Minnesota spend of at least $1 million or shoot a minimum of 60% of days outside the metro area with qualified minimum Minnesota spend of $100,000; 50% of the budget available in verified funds at the time of application.

National Television Program or Series
(New or relocation only) Production, development or syndication contract from commissioning network or streaming service is required.
20% - Qualified minimum Minnesota spend of at least... +Read More
Loanout Registration Required Yes
Loanout Withholding No
Annual Funding Caps $4,950,000
Project Caps None
Minimum Spend $100,000- $1,000,000
Sunset Date 06/30/2023
Audit Requirements
Projects with $1 million or more of Minnesota expenditures require a CPA review; CPA and cost are paid for by Minnesota Film and TV.
Getting Started
Submit completed Snowbate application no earlier than 90 days prior to the start of Minnesota principal photography or post production (standalone post production projects); all certified projects must schedule a Snowbate processing procedures meeting with the Incentives Specialist prior to beginning production; a bank letter stating 60% of budget is available in verified funds is required.

The Snowbate incentive is first-come, first-served basis; submission of an application does not guarantee reimbursement; projects that begin principal photography in Minnesota prior to submitting an application are ineligible.
Screen Credit Required
Company Registration
Sales Use Tax Relief
Hotel Occupancy Tax Relief
Local Vendors Qualify
Outside Vendors Qualify
Claiming Incentive
Submit Snowbate Expenditure Report (SER) no more than 90 days from the end of production (90 days from the end of post production for standalone post production projects).
Additional Information
***NEW TRANSFERABLE CREDIT*** There is now a Transferrable Credit option available with $4,950,000 in annual funding. Credits are first come first serve, must spend $1M in MN spending and MN labor receive up to 25% of MN spend. Audit is required for the credit. Sunset Jan 2025. Guidelines pending

Compensation Cap: Nonresident ATL principal acting talent/ Director/Producer salary and fringe rebate amount is capped at 3% of MN total expenditures

Any one person or loan out being paid for two ATL positions, are only eligible for one position.

Expenses incurred prior to project certification are ineligible for the rebate.

Feature Films spending $5 million or more may apply up to 6 months prior to beginning production.

Sales and Use Tax Exemptions apply to commercials only.

All production spend must occur within 12 months of certification date.

'Metropolitan area' or 'area' means the area over which the Metropolitan Council has jurisdiction, including only the counties of Anoka; Carver; Dakota excluding the city of Northfield; Hennepin excluding the cities of Hanover and Rockford; Ramsey; Scott excluding the city of New Prague; and Washington.

Last updated: 08/01/2021

Production Incentive Disclaimer
The encapsulated production incentive information on this page is provided for general purposes only and should not be construed as tax advice. While we do our utmost to keep all information up to date, production incentives change often. The best source for incentive details is the film office itself. For more explanation or detail about the production incentive described here, please contact our resident production incentives expert at [email protected].