Essential information

  • Apply nowDeadline:

    Tuesday, 5 October 2021 - 1:00pm

Supporting resources

The Premium Productions Fund Interim Production Round is the second of three rounds being offered by Te Puna Kairangi Premium Fund. 

Around $8.4 million dollars has been returned to the Fund from Premium Fund Round One as underspend and will now be made available through this interim production funding round for Te Puna Kairangi -The Premium Fund (Interim Round).

Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC), Irirangi Te Motu New Zealand On Air (NZ On Air) and Te Māngai Pāho (TMP) – collectively referred to as The Agencies - intend to distribute money quickly to stimulate the domestic screen industry to recover from COVID-19 and generate employment. 


He aha te kaupapa pūtea -  What we fund

Feature films including but not limited to drama, documentary, children’s and animation being no less than 80 minutes (exclusive of credits), commonly screened as the main attraction in commercial cinemas and recorded, subtitled or dubbed in one of New Zealand’s three official languages – English, Māori and/or English, and/or New Zealand Sign Language. 

A single episode programme (including a telefeature or feature length content that is not primarily intended for exhibition to the public in cinemas) of at least 52 minutes (exclusive of credits) in length, including but not limited to drama, documentary, children’s and animation. 

A series or season of a series including but not limited to drama, documentary, children’s and animation being a programme with a common theme or themes consisting of at least two episodes that are intended for release together in national and international markets.  

Ngā Whāinga Matua - The Key Objectives are:

  • Boost economic growth, through the attraction of international investment in New Zealand’s screen sector and give opportunities to New Zealand creators and IP owners to be competitive in the global market.
  • Increase employment, through providing jobs to New Zealanders in the screen sector.
  • Create cultural benefit, through providing the resources to tell New Zealand screen stories at a scale not previously possible and supporting Māori cultural aspirations. 
  • Respond to COVID-19, by distributing money quickly in the wake of the lockdown period to support the screen sector.
  • Develop the skills and capability of the New Zealand screen sector by increasing international connections and driving long-term growth in the sector. 

Me pēhea te tono - How to apply

  • The application portal opens on 14 September.
  • Application deadline will be 5 October 2021.
  • Applicant, content and production eligibility will be checked by Staff. These requirements must be judged as satisfactory by the NZFC (as administrators of the Premium Fund) in order for the project to progress to the assessment phase. 
  • The project will be assessed against the five key objectives of the Premium Fund in context and on its own merits and in light of the totality of all applications. 
  • The final decisions will be made by the Panel in early / mid November based on the five key objectives, the overall purpose and intended outcomes of the Premium Fund, the number of applications and call on the amount of funding available. 

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He aha ngā mea hei whakauru atu ki te tono - What you need

Please refer to the Premium Fund Interim Production Fund Submission Checklist for detail.

Project stage
New Zealand Filmmakers
Funding type
Equity Investment
Last updated: 
Tuesday, 14 September 2021