Project type: 
New Zealand Filmmakers
Funding type: 

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

What we fund

Māori and Pasifika filmmakers to create a range of quality New Zealand feature films shaped through their chosen development framework.

  • Grant of around $50,000 per application.
  • Up to $100,000 for a truly compelling application.
  • Projects should be feature film narrative or documentary projects suitable for cinema release (although we are open to considering creative approaches to distribution).

Who can apply

New Zealand teams or companies with at least:

  • Three projects to be supported (narrative or documentary)
  • One established New Zealand writer, producer or director
  • Two-thirds of the people concerned being Māori or Pasifika writers, producers or directors.

Or teams that feature Māori or Pasifika collaborators with significant experience in a related area of screen production or the wider arts sector.

How to apply

Please read He Ara Guidelines then send your application and supporting material to Contact us if you have any questions.

What you need

  • Proposal – history and vision for your practice and projects
  • Budget
  • Slate – details about the proposed projects
  • Key personnel – bios of key people
  • Rights – intellectual property rights for your projects
  • Information about any other projects you have with the Film Commission

He Ara Plus

He Ara Plus supports teams that have already received He Ara funding, so they can continue to develop their projects.

We will select up to three existing projects for an additional grant (up to $20,000 per project) to move their script to an advanced development stage with the aim of making the projects ready for the market .

How to apply

The He Ara fund is currently under review.  It will re-open in March 2019.

What you need

  • Creative material – draft script or treatment
  • Team vision
  • Background
  • Budget and timeline
  • Key personnel
  • Rights
Last updated: 
Friday, 23 December 2016