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 supports 14,000 jobs and contributes around $3.5 billion to GDP.

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

  • Forty-four screen productions have received funding.

Premium Productions for International Audiences Fund

$50 million is available for the New Zealand screen sector to tell our stories to international audiences through bigger, bolder and more ambitious projects. 

This initiative will stimulate the domestic screen industry 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 the New Zealand Film Commission and NZ On Air, and developed in partnership with Te Māngai Pāho and Manatū Taonga. There are two rounds of funding.

Latest update

  • Applications for the first round of funding are now closed. Successful applicants are expected to be confirmed in April 2021. 
  • See the New Zealand Film Commission for more information. Read the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Hon Carmel Sepuloni's announcement of the fund from December 2020.

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Updated on 24th February 2021