Essential information

  • Apply nowDeadline:

    Wednesday, 19 January 2022 - 1:00pm

  • All datesDecision:

    Early Development/Documentary Development/Hāpaitia I te Kaupapa Kiriata: Māori Feature Film Support and Tuhinga Reo Māori: Te Reo Māori Development Fund (January round) Decision Date is 7 March

Supporting resources

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

What we fund

The development of feature-length cinematic documentaries suitable for a theatrical release.

  • Grant of up to $40,000 per project in two stages
  • Early stage - up to $20,000
  • Advanced stage – up to $20,000

Who can apply

New Zealand producers of a documentary film with significant New Zealand content. The person named as the lead producer in your application cannot be the same person as the writer or director. 

How to apply

Please read Documentary Development Financing Guidelines for Applicants before registering for an account to apply online at The person applying should be your lead producer. 

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You can invite team members who also have an account to collaborate on the application.

What you need

  • Vision – creative materials and statements from producer and director
  • Audience engagement plan
  • Background – history of the project, and other projects you have with the Film Commission
  • Budget and timeline
  • Key personnel – bios for key people
  • Warranty of copyright, access, and clearances.



Project type
New Zealand Filmmakers
Funding type
Last updated: 
Tuesday, 8 December 2020