NZSPG - New Zealand 1 August 2015

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The New Zealand Grant is focused on industry development outcomes, underpinned by cultural criteria. 

The purpose of the New Zealand Grant is twofold:

  • To build the sustainability, scale and  critical mass of the domestic industry, and support the development of New Zealand creatives.
  • To provide cultural benefits to New Zealand by supporting the creation of New Zealand content and stories.

New Zealand productions may access a cash grant of 40% of QNZPE on up to $15 million QNZPE (New Zealand Grant).  The New Zealand Grant is capped at $6 million per production unless the production qualifies for an Additional Grant.  

Productions that meet additional criteria may access a cash grant of 40% of QNZPE between $15 million and $50 million (Additional Grant).  The Additional Grant is capped at $14 million.  In return for an Additional Grant, applicants must provide the NZFC with a share of net receipts (including profit) from the production equivalent to 50% of the equity share in the production attributable to the value of the Additional Grant.    

The total maximum New Zealand Grant is $20 million.    

We administer the New Zealand Grant on behalf of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. This grant replaces the Screen Production Incentive Fund (SPIF).  

If you have any questions about specific projects or the previous SPIF scheme please contact [email protected] or call the Incentives Executive on +64 4 382 7680.   

For full details please read the NZSPG Criteria for New Zealand Productions available at the bottom of this page or click here to read online with FAQs.  A summary of eligibility is set out below.    

Specific Eligibility Criteria 

Formats and Expenditure Thresholds

Format Minimum QNZPE (or TPE for official co-productions)
Feature film $2.5 million
Single episode programme, scripted $1 million total &
No less than $800,000 per hour
Single episode programme, unscripted $250,000
Series of programmes, scripted $1 million total &
No less than $500,000 per hour
Series of programmes, unscripted No less than $250,000 per hour
Short form animation (single episode or series) $250,000 total &
No less than $400,000 per hour

Please see Section 2A of the criteria for more detail on eligible formats.

New Zealand Distribution

Feature films must have confirmed commercial cinematic distribution in New Zealand, including being released as a main attraction in cinemas where an admission fee is charged.

Other formats must have a similar commercial agreement for distribution on an appropriate platform in New Zealand. 

Significant New Zealand Content

Productions must have significant New Zealand content as determined by a points test - see the guidelines in Annexure 3 of the criteria.  Productions certified as official co-productions are deemed to have significant New Zealand content for the purposes of this grant and do not need to meet the points test.

Non-New Zealand Government Funding Threshold and Market Attachments

Feature films must have at least 10% of their budget funded by non-New Zealand government sources of funding.  The proportion of non-New Zealand government production funding for a television or other non-feature film production must be 25% of the production budget or higher.  A television or other non-feature film must have market attachments that comprise 10% or more of the production budget. Assessment of this requirement can occur at the provisional stage, but only if satisfactory evidence of funding can be provided.

Other New Zealand Government Funding

Feature films may receive production funding from other New Zealand government agencies as well as a New Zealand Grant.  Other screen formats may not receive production funding from other New Zealand government agencies and a New Zealand Grant unless they are an animated production or a children's drama production.

A production cannot receive a New Zealand Grant and an International Grant.  

General Eligibility Criteria

Special Purpose Vehicle

Applicants must be a special purpose vehicle set up solely to make the production, unless they fall within one of the exceptions set out in the criteria.

Residency Status

Applicants must be a New Zealand resident company or a New Zealand resident partnership.  It is not enough for a company to be incorporated in New Zealand to be considered a New Zealand resident company.  Please read the criteria for more detail.   

Responsible Entity

Applicants for this grant must be the entity responsible for all activities in making the production in New Zealand.  

Recoupment

Income earned by producers from successful productions helps create sustainable New Zealand screen production businesses.  Therefore, the New Zealand government expects that all New Zealand Grant recipients will have an equity share in the production so they may reinvest in the New Zealand screen sector.  See Section 2B of the criteria for more details. 

Additional Grant

Productions with QNZPE of $15 million or more may access the Additional Grant provided they meet the additional criteria in relation to producer experience and market attachment.  In return for the Additional Grant, applicants must provide the NZFC with a share of net receipts (including profit) from the production.  See Section 3 of the criteria for more details.  

QNZPE

QNZPE is generally production expenditure spent by the applicant on:

  • goods and services provided in New Zealand
  • the use of land located in New Zealand
  • the use of a good that is located in New Zealand at the time that the good is used in the making of the production 

QNZPE includes the fees and expenses of non-New Zealanders who work on the production in New Zealand, provided (in the case of non-cast members) they work on the production for at least 14 days.

Further details on exclusions to QNZPE are set out in Section 4 of the criteria.    

Notification

For planning purposes, applicants should provide advance notice by email to [email protected] of their intention to apply for a grant and, if shooting is to occur in New Zealand, the estimated shoot dates. 

Please see the Promotional Materials Schedule document at the bottom of the page regarding materials that should be provided by grant applicants.

Application Process

Provisional

Before the start of production a provisional certificate can be obtained by submitting a provisional application.  A provisional certificate is not a guarantee that the production will receive final certification but it does indicate whether the production meets the relevant specific eligibility criteria or general eligibility criteria. 

The provisional application process usually takes a minimum of eight weeks.  A provisional certificate will lapse after six months unless the production goes into principal photography within that time frame. Applicants may apply to the NZFC for an extension to their provisional certificate in exceptional circumstances, and may in any event submit a new application, however a reapplication fee will be charged of NZ$2000. 

Final

You can submit a final application once the production has been completed. 

You cannot apply later than six months after completion of the production.

Applications must include an independent auditor’s report from an approved auditor and all applications must be made on the final application form.

We send a copy of each application to the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) for verification against the applicant’s tax records and to an independent consultant for assessment.

Once we receive the IRDs and the independent consultant’s report, we submit the application to the NZSPG Panel for approval. 

The application process usually takes three months and payment usually takes 10 business days from approval.

Further information

Please refer to the NZSPG Criteria for New Zealand Productions for detailed information about this grant. 

If you would like to make a provisional application for a production on which principal photography commences after 1 August 2015, please email n[email protected].

If you are making a final application for a production whose principal photography commenced before 1 August 2015, the form is below. Completed application forms and any queries about this process should be sent to n[email protected].