Essential information

Epic Games, VicScreen, Screen NSW, Screen Canberra, Screen Tasmania, South Australian Film Corporation, Screenwest, Screen Queensland and Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) have partnered on an Australia – New Zealand initiative to provide funding towards the production of animated short films that utilise Unreal Engine 5 software. 

What we fund

New Zealand content creators can apply to the NZFC for up to $50,000 production funding to create an animated short film of up to five minutes using Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 5 software.

Unreal Engine is a state-of-the-art real-time engine and editor that features photorealistic rendering, virtual production and much more, allowing filmmakers to conceive and execute visual storytelling without leaving their homes. 

The NZFC anticipates funding two New Zealand projects. 

Who can apply

You must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident or a individual or New Zealand company - the company must be incorporated and carrying out business in New Zealand, and its central management and control must be held by New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.

Applicants and all key creatives must be based in New Zealand.

How to apply

Read the Guidelines Document before registering for an account to apply online at

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

This fund is now closed to applications.

What you need

  • Genre 
  • Logline 
  • Synopsis 
  • Script 
  • Video pitch – up to 3 minutes, introducing the team and the project  
  • Director’s summary including vision for the short film with five inspirational images 
  • Link to Director’s best work 
  • Details of the project as a proof of concept, including a summary of the larger project 
  • Budget and timeline 
  • Short bio and cv for each team member 
  • Te Rautaki Māori considerations (if applicable) 
  • Diversity and Inclusion considerations

To find out more about the Challenge and to register for Unreal Engine training, go here

Project type
New filmmakers, Emerging filmmakers, Mid-career filmmakers
Funding type
Last updated: 
Monday, 9 May 2022