Screen

Manatū Taonga is supporting New Zealand’s screen sector following unexpected costs, delays and restraints in production, and a loss of employment during COVID-19 restrictions.

Our screen industry employs about 16,200 people and contributes around $3.3 billion to GDP a year.

These funds are designed to get the screen sector back up and running, to keep New Zealanders in work in the film industry, and to create new employment opportunities.


Screen Production Recovery Fund

This fund has $23.4 million to cover unexpected costs faced by screen productions due to COVID-19. It is available to productions already invested in by the New Zealand Film Commission or NZ On Air that are shut down, delayed or constrained due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Applications for funding are open with the New Zealand Film Commission and NZ On Air

Latest update

  • Eighty screen productions have received funding.

Te Puna Kairangi Premium Productions for International Audiences Fund

$50 million is available for the New Zealand screen sector to tell our stories to international audiences. It will help the sector to take a step-change in production size and ambition previously not possible.  

This initiative is designed to support high-quality productions and allow our screen producers to bring stories of unprecedented scope and quality to the global stage. It capitalises on New Zealand's golden opportunity to operate productions safely during the global pandemic and meet the strong worldwide demand for content.

Funding is being delivered by Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga New Zealand Film Commission, Irirangi Te Motu NZ On Air and Te Māngai Pāho. It was developed in partnership with Manatū Taonga. There are two rounds of funding.

Ara ki Te Puna Kairangi Premium Development Fund is part of this fund and makes $2 million available over two separate funding rounds. It is designed to help producers get their production to a standard that would be suitable to apply for the Premium Productions for International Audiences Fund. More information is on the New Zealand Film Commission website.

Latest update

  • The second round of funding for Te Puna Kairangi Premium Productions for International Audiences is expected to be available before June 2022.
  • Five successful recipients have received $21 million in the first round of funding. See the New Zealand Film Commission website for details.  
  • Information about the fund is on the New Zealand Film Commission website.
  • Read the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Hon Carmel Sepuloni's announcement of the fund from December 2020.
  • Nineteen successful recipients have received $1.5 million of funding through the first round of Ara ki Te Puna Kairangi Premium Development Fund.

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Updated on 6th July 2021