Essential information

Supporting resources

The Distribution Fund helps distributors of NZFC-funded New Zealand films maximise the domestic theatrical audience.

What we fund

Financial assistance for domestic distributors of  NZFC-funded New Zealand feature films to help maximise the New Zealand domestic theatrical audience.  There are four grants available:

Publicity & Advertising Grant

Up to $50,000 to cover up to 25 percent of publicity and advertising spend for the domestic theatrical release of a New Zealand film.

Audience+ Grant

The Audience+ Grant supports campaigns designed to target audiences who are not regular cinemagoers and/or those who are regular cinemagoers but not for New Zealand films. Up to NZ$15,000 is available to cover up to 50% of the total spend on promotions or advertising to reach these audiences.

Regional Grant

The Regional Grant supports regional/country cinemas releasing NZFC funded films to embrace local marketing aspects of the main release campaign. Up to NZ$10,000 is available to cover up to 70% of the total spend on promotions or advertising in regional areas. 

Premiere Grant

The Premiere Grant offers a flat NZ$5,000 toward the cost of an NZFC-funded film’s New Zealand premiere.

Who can apply

This fund is only open to applications from established distributors attached to films that have received NZFC Production Financing, Post-Production Funding or the Feature Film Finishing Grant.

How to apply

The NZFC's funding portal is not yet open to applications for this fund.  Please send your application to

Ideally your application will be made eight weeks from the intended release date. Please allow two weeks for processing of your application.

What you need

  • Release plan - to be considered a theatrical release, your film needs to be booked into at least five cinemas across two major cities for a minimum of one session per day for seven consecutive days.
  • Proposed budget - the attached template must be used
  • Marketing or publicity strategy - this needs to outline how you propose engaging with your primary and secondary audiences
  • Breakdown of any advertising spend
  • List of cinemas in which the film will screen 
  • Box office expectations
  • Comparative titles and their New Zealand box office figures.


Project type
New Zealand Filmmakers, Screen Business
Funding type
Last updated: 
Tuesday, 13 September 2022