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 that New Zealand stories continue to reach audiences.

What we fund

The Fund is available for applications from long form and short film productions that require additional funding to cover expenses whether incurred or reasonably anticipated resulting from the interruption to production caused by COVID-19. It will seek to assist selected productions to return to their respective stages of production, COVID-19 restrictions permitting.

Funding is available for additional COVID-19 related costs incurred or reasonably anticipated in respect of pre-production, production, post-production, delivery and release.

To be eligible to apply, productions must fall within the following three categories:

  • Contracted Productions - Productions that have incurred additional costs due to COVID-19 restrictions.

  • Committed Productions - Productions that need to re-budget due to anticipated additional costs as a result of COVID-19.

  • New Productions - Projects commencing production post March-June lockdown that may have additional costs as a result of COVID-19.

Who can apply

  • For NZFC-funded contracted productions: The applicant must be the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) established solely to make the production in New Zealand.
  • For NZFC-funded committed productions: The applicant must be the SPV or the relevant party to the conditional offer for NZFC funding.
  • For NZFC-funded new productions: The applicant must be the SPV, relevant party to the conditional offer for NZFC funding or the same person who has applied for NZFC discretionary funding.
  • For short films: The applicant must be the same person who has applied for NZFC discretionary funding.
  • For NZSPG - New Zealand productions: The applicant must be the NZSPG applicant.

For productions that have received or been offered NZFC funding and have been issued with a NZSPG- New Zealand provisional certificate, the applicant must be the same person who has applied for NZFC discretionary funding.

How to apply

The applicant must apply using the online application portal at https://funding.nzfilm.co.nz/. Search for ‘Screen Production Recovery Fund’ and click ‘New Application’. The form will take you step by step through the application process and prompt you to provide all the information required.

Apply now

There is no set deadline for applications, and you may apply at any time. The NZFC advise that you apply as soon as possible given that Funding is limited. Incomplete or ineligible applications will not be considered.

What you need

Contracted productions

  • A cost report detailing all costs incurred as at the date of your application
  • A current balance sheet (not required for short films)
  • A revised production budget detailing all proposed variations to the original budget
  • A written explanation (1-2 pages) of the impacts to your budget lines and how you have calculated your COVID-19 related costs
  • An updated cashflow and drawdown schedule incorporating proposed COVID-19 cashflow
  • Details around cashflowing of COVID-19 related costs to date including loans and deferments. This is to include a proposed finance plan and written agreements around any additional investment
  • All other sources of funding sought, including insurance and government support (e.g. wage subsidies) and their status
  • For NZFC-funded productions, a proposed production schedule that includes all NZFC requirements to full delivery (as per the NZFC Terms of Trade)
  • Evidence to support any cast or crew border exemptions required to complete your film (if applicable)
  • A warranty that the production will comply with relevant COVID-19 requirements as per Ministry of Health and Government directives. Refer to the ScreenSafe COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols
  • Evidence that any delay of delivery date has been agreed to by all market partners, financiers and bond (if applicable)
  • Evidence that the production has continued its insurance cover
  • Evidence that the production will be completed

Committed productions

  • Details regarding the funding you have been offered (e.g. Conditional Offer Letter, NZSPG – New Zealand provisional certificate)
  • A cost report detailing all costs incurred as at the date of your application
  • A current balance sheet (not required for short films)
  • A revised production budget that includes COVID-19 contingency (that is, a budget for additional costs as a result of COVID-19 preparedness)
  • An updated cashflow and drawdown schedule incorporating proposed COVID-19 cashflow
  • Details around cash-flowing of COVID-19 related costs to date including loans and deferments
  • A written explanation (1-2 pages) of the impacts to your budget lines and how you have calculated your COVID-19 contingency
  • A revised production schedule to include all NZFC requirements to full delivery
  • Evidence to support any cast or crew border exemptions required to complete your film (if applicable)
  • A warranty that the production will comply with relevant COVID-19 requirements as per Ministry of Health and Government directives. Refer to the ScreenSafe COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocol
  • Evidence that the production will be completed

New productions

  • Details regarding the funding you have applied for and date of application
  • A production budget that includes COVID-19 contingency (that is, a budget for additional costs as a result of COVID-19 preparedness)
  • Your current cashflow and drawdown schedule incorporating proposed COVID-19 cashflow
  • A written explanation (1-2 pages) of the anticipated impacts to the production and how you have calculated your COVID-19 contingency
  • A revised production schedule (if required) to include all NZFC requirements to full delivery
  • Evidence to support any cast or crew border exemptions required to complete your film (if applicable)
  • A warranty that the production will comply with COVID-19 requirements as per Ministry of Health and Government directives. Refer to the ScreenSafe COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols
  • Evidence that the production will be completed
Last updated: 
Monday, 17 August 2020