Missoula, Montana

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Introduction to Missoula

Missoula is a premier destination with the scenery of a small mountain town and the amenities of a much larger city. Solitude, wilderness and adventure are only minutes away from gourmet restaurants, funky local shops and a thriving live music scene. Unparalleled natural beauty and cultural vibrancy make a visit to this Montana city unforgettable, and local hospitality makes every visitor feel welcome.

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Film Credits

Mount Rushmore

About Destination Missoula

From hosting the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival to accommodating high-profile television and movie productions, Missoula is an ideal film destination. The area’s natural beauty has served as the jaw-dropping backdrop for iconic films like A River Runs Through It and several nature documentaries. Destination Missoula can assist your production team with location scouting, Montana tax incentives, wildlife area permits, transportation contacts and lodging for your cast and crew.

General Info for Missoula

Weather in Missoula

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high in ºF 30 37 47 58 66 74 83 82 71 57 41 30
Average low in ºF 23 29 36 44 52 60 67 66 56 44 32 23
Av. precipitation in inch 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1

Average Daylight Hours in Missoula

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daylight Hours 9 10 12 13.5 15 16 15.5 14 12.5 11 9 8.5

Permitting Agencies

Montana does not have an overall state permit process, and the type of permit you’ll need depends on where you shoot. You can find general information on obtaining the correct permits throughout Montana at www.montanafilm.com/permits/.

For permits in Missoula, contact Ginny Merriam at 406.552.6001.

First Aid & Medical Services

  • Blue Mountain Clinic
  • Community Medical Center
  • First Care Northgate
  • Missoula Emergency Service
  • Now Care Downtown
  • Now Care Southgate Mall
  • St. Patrick Hospital

Film Affiliations

A Few Filming Locations in Missoula

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Downtown Missoula

Missoula Midtown

River & Mountain Trails

University of Montana

Badlands National Park

Downtown Missoula

Downtown Missoula is alive with trendy shops, restaurants, bars, breweries, live music, historic buildings and more—all surrounded by mountains in the near distance. The district’s main streets feature Romanesque Revival storefronts and Art Modern hotels that lend period accuracy to your film.

Missoula Midtown

Missoula’s midtown district offers a variety of opportunities as new shops, restaurants and breweries continue to pop up, in addition to the historic fairgrounds and Fort Missoula. The Missoula County Fairgrounds was designated a historic district, with its Craftsman-style buildings and agricultural roots. Fort Missoula was established as a military post in 1877, and the grounds now serve as a 32-acre Historic Park with over 20 preserved buildings.

Custer State Park

River & Mountain Trails

Missoula is surrounded by seven wilderness areas and sits at the confluence of three rivers, offering endless outdoor scenery. Popular spots include the Riverfront Trail (which passes by sights like the Clark Fork River and Washington Grizzly Stadium), the “M” Trail to the top of Mt. Sentinel and the valley views in the Blue Mountain Recreation Area.

University of Montana

The University of Montana was voted one of the most beautiful public college campuses in the U.S., with its historic brick buildings and sprawling green lawns at the base of Mt. Sentinel. Surrounding the campus, you’ll find the University Area Historic District full of tree-lined streets and Craftsman-style homes.

Missouri River

Incentives & Rebates

On top of our unbeatable scenery and top-notch amenities, filmmakers in Missoula can also take advantage of Montana film tax credits, grants and bonus incentives. Montana offers a 20% transferable income tax credit on production expenditures in the state with additional amounts that can increase the credit up to 35% of the production company’s base investment in the tax year. These per-production additional incentives include 25% of compensation for Montana resident crew members, 15% of compensation for out-of-state crew and 20% of above-the-line compensation (actor, director, producer, writer). The Big Sky Film Grant funds on qualified expenditures can be awarded if the project’s in-state spend exceeds $300,000 and shoots at least 50% of principal photography in-state.

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Film Credits for Missoula

Film Credits

  • A River Runs Through It
  • Yellowstone
  • Love Like Gold
  • Bella Vista
  • Wisconsin Project X
  • Pretty Ugly People
  • Under Siege 2

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