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Feature Film Funding

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We invest in feature films for the big screen that entertain audiences and are recognised and celebrated all over the world.  Our investment in film develops careers and attracts international business to help drive our economy.

We invest and administer funding for films at every budget level and seek to support cinematic films for diverse audiences to enjoy.  As well as production funding, we can help with financial and logistical support for developing ideas and scripts, post production, marketing and getting films on to screens here and overseas.

We offer a range of funding opportunities for feature film projects, from first-draft funding right through to grants enabling you to finish your film so it can be exhibited. 

Feature film funding can be broken down into the following areas:

  • Development Funding
    We support the development of scripts and film projects with the aim of getting them to the production stage.

  • Production Funding
    We offer discretionary production financing to projects with significant New Zealand content that meet one or more of our key values.  This financing is by way of an equity investment in the project. 
     
  • Post Production Funding
    We offer post production funding to films that have already been shot but need financial assistance to be finished.  There are a number of options including Post Production Financing and the Feature Film Finishing Grant.  We also administer the Post, Digital and Visual Effects Grant for larger feature projects. 

We also administer the Government's incentive schemes.

Funds in this funding programme

  • Screen Production Recovery Fund

    Co-productions, Production Funding, Post-Production Funding, Feature Film Funding, Short Film Funding, Documentary Funding

    The Screen Production Recovery Fund is managed by the NZFC and will support selected individual screen productions affected by COVID-19 to be completed, delivered and screened, help rebuild the New Zealand screen industry and ensure th

    Drama
    Feature
    Series Drama
    Short
    Documentary
    Production
    Post Production
  • He Ara Development Fund

    Project Development Funding, Feature Film Funding, Te Rautaki Māori

    The He Ara Development Fund supports established filmmakers to tell authentic and exciting Māori and Pacific Island stories on screen. 

    Drama
    Feature
    Documentary
    Early Development
    Advanced Development
    Grant
  • Premium Productions for International Audiences Fund (Te Puna Kairangi Premium Fund)

    Co-productions, Series Development, Project Development Funding, Production Funding, Feature Film Funding, Documentary Funding, Te Rautaki Māori

    The Premium Productions for International Audiences Fund (Te Puna Kairangi Premium Fund) supports the Aotearoa New Zealand production sector recovery from COVID-19 by supporting high-quality productions that tell New Zealand

    Drama
    Feature
    Series Drama
    Documentary
    Advanced Development
    Production
    Equity Investment
  • Feature Film Production Investment

    Co-productions, Production Funding, Feature Film Funding

    Feature Film Production Investment supports the making of diverse New Zealand feature films that are original, exciting and culturally significant.

    Drama
    Feature
    Documentary
    Production
    Equity Investment
  • International Co-Development Fund

    Co-productions, Project Development Funding, Feature Film Funding

    The International Co-Development Fund (ICF) provides a total of up to $275,000 per financial year to support New Zealand producers who are working with an overseas partner on developing feature films and series drama.

    Drama
    Feature
    Documentary
    Early Development
    Advanced Development
    Grant
  • Early Development Fund

    Co-productions, Project Development Funding, Feature Film Funding
    The Early Development Fund supports early draft feature film scripts or treatments that have the potential to be great New Zealand screen stories.
    Drama
    Feature
    Early Development
    Grant
  • Documentary Development Fund

    Co-productions, Project Development Funding, Feature Film Funding, Documentary Funding

    The Documentary Development Fund supports documentary films that have the potential to become compelling cinematic releases.

    Feature
    Documentary
    Early Development
    Advanced Development
    Grant
  • Advanced Development Fund

    Co-productions, Project Development Funding, Feature Film Funding

    The Advanced Development Fund supports film projects that are at an advanced stage and are almost ready for market.

    Drama
    Feature
    Documentary
    Advanced Development
    Grant
  • Feature Film Finishing Fund

    Post-Production Funding, Feature Film Funding

    The Feature Film Finishing Fund helps independent filmmakers over the final hurdle of post production and into cinemas.

    Drama
    Feature
    Documentary
    Post Production
    Grant
  • Post Production Fund

    Co-productions, Post-Production Funding, Feature Film Funding
    The Post Production Fund helps exciting projects to get over the finishing line.
    Drama
    Feature
    Documentary
    Post Production
    Equity Investment
Last updated: 
Friday, 27 November 2020