Production Incentives

St. Louis County Production Incentive Program:

The St Louis County, MN Production Incentive Program offers financial assistance in the form of a production rebate to certified applicants to encourage the creation of film, television and digital media content in St Louis County and to foster the local organic growth of the production industry talent and workforce. The program provides a reimbursement of up to 25% of production and post costs for film, television, episodic and commercial content projects that are spent in St. Louis County. It is funded by St. Louis County and the Upper Midwest Film Office (UMFO) is the administrator for the program. 

Eligibility of reimbursements is based on the language of the approved guidelines 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 UMFO with final approval and reimbursement payment to follow after economic activity has occurred and all financial obligations in St Louis County have been paid and verified. If principal photography has already begun, the project is NOT eligible to apply. 

Applications will be submitted by email to Only completed applications will be considered.

St. Louis County Rebate funds are limited (up to $1,000,000). If applications received for the St. Louis County Film Production Rebate exceed the total amount appropriated by the county for the program, Upper Midwest Film Office 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. 

Use of St. Louis County Film Production Incentive Program funds is allowed to be combined with other incentive programs but must adhere to each respective program requirements. 

Questions about the program should be directed to UMFO at

State of MN Incentives

The state of MN offers other state-wide incentives that are combinable with the St Louis County production rebate. In addition, there are regional incentives that can be combined. More information is available here, or contact UMFO and we’d be happy to talk about the programs available!