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The New Zealand Film Commission collaborates with the New Zealand Writers’ Guild (NZWG) for early script development under the name Seed Funding.
Seed grants offer an opportunity for writers to create feature film scripts they believe in. Seed provides unencumbered development funding specifically for writers and helps projects progress to the stage where they may apply to the NZFC’s Early and Advanced Development funds, or continue to be developed independently.
There are now two types of Seed Grant available.
Seed Grants are offered over two rounds with a total of eight grants of $10,000 (+ any applicable GST) for the development of a first draft of a feature film script. Included in each grant is $2,500 (+ any applicable GST) to put toward script consultation.
For full details, conditions and criteria, see the NZWG Seed page.
Seed Advanced Grants are offered over two rounds with a total of four grants of $12,500 (+ any applicable GST) for the development of feature film scripts. Seed Advanced is open to established writers who have more than one hour of scripted broadcast credits. Included in each grant is $2,500 (+ any applicable GST) for further development of the feature film script. This can include (but is not limited to) workshops, table reads, research and multiple script consultants.
Applicants can only apply to one fund per round – either Seed or Seed Advanced. One or more applications may be submitted per round.
For full details, conditions and criteria, see the NZWG Seed Advanced Page.
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