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COVID-19 Response

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The New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) will keep this page updated with our response to COVID-19. Please click on the headline to read the full information on each release.

Extended Screen Production Recovery Fund  

The NZFC is pleased to announce that the Extended Screen Production Recovery Fund is open now. The fund supports selected NZFC funded and NZSPG-New Zealand productions impacted by the current lockdown and changes in NZ COVID-19 alert level status, up until 30 June 2022 . 

Funding offered to a production will be capped at 4.2% of the original production budget. 

As the industry has adjusted to filming within the revised protocols and practices associated with mounting a production in a COVID-19 environment, applicants can now only apply for additional costs that are explicitly attributable to a change in the recent New Zealand COVID-19 alert level status during pre-production and production.  

More information and how to apply are here:  Extended Screen Production Recovery Fund

Te Puna Kairangi - Premium Fund Interim Production Funding Round

An extra opportunity for funding for the screen industry, supported by the guilds has been announced by funding agencies Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC), Te Māngai Pāho and Irirangi te Motu (NZ On Air). 

You can find out more here.

Screen Production Emergency Relief Fund 

This is  a fund of last resort to support NZFC-funded and NZSPG-New Zealand productions impacted by COVID-19 alert level restrictions, once all other funding sources have been exhausted. 

You can find out more here.

Useful Sites for Further Information

Information about the New Zealand Government’s response to COVID-19

Information on COVID-19 from the Ministry of Health

Information about accessing the wage subsidy for businesses or contractors

Information about the Screen Industry COVID-19 Action Group

Information about undertaking production safely and for the ScreenSafe COVID-19 Health and Safety Production ToolKit  


COVID-19 Policy

In response to COVID-19, the NZFC made some adjustments to its Terms of Trade.  You will find these in the COVID-19 Policy


NZFC Advisories

The NZFC issues regular advisories to provide updated and clear information to the industry about what the NZFC is putting in place to support people and productions until the pandemic situation is resolved.

COVID Advisory #5 - Screen Recovery Package Update

Advisory # 4 Introduced by NZFC Chair, Dame Kerry Prendergast and the Board of the NZFC

 Advisory #3 NZFC Extends Business Support Funding To $1 Million (Plus Confirms Development Funding of $750k+ From Ongoing Programmes) 

Advisory #2 COVID-19 Pandemic as it Affects Production 

Advisory #1 Regarding the COVID-19 Situation 


NZFC Live Q & A Sessions

NZFC Live Q & A 28 April

NZFC Live Q & A 12 May

Live Webinar on Screen Sector Recovery Package

Q&A on Screen Production Recovery and Capability Funding 20 August

28 October Live Webinar with NZFC, NZ On Air and Te Māngai Pāho

Live Webinar 16 December 2020



SPADA Co-Presidents interview CEOs of NZOA and NZFC on the impacts of COVID-19 - 4 April 2020

Second SPADA Co-Presidents Q&A with CEOs of NZFC and NZOA - 9 April 2020

Third SPADA, NZFC and NZOA Screen Industry Discussion - 17 April 2020

Annabelle Sheehan: My Covid-19 experience RNZ - 26 April 2020

Could the film industry revive Queenstown Lakes Covid-19 crippled economy?
 -  6 May 2020

International Film Industry Looks to New Zealand for Recovery - Newstalk ZB breakfast 14 May 2020





Last updated: 
Thursday, 14 October 2021