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You will be able to apply for funding from the New Zealand Film Commission if you are a New Zealand citizen, permanent resident or a business registered in New Zealand.

Read before applying

For most funds, you apply online via the NZFC's funding portal  https://funding.nzfilm.co.nz/. You should read application guidelines before starting your application. For some funds we request that you contact us for guidance before you apply. Online applications are available for most funds and we hope to have them all online by the end of 2019.

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

If you are using the online application portal for the first time, be aware there can be up to a 24 hour wait while we approve your account. However, in most cases the wait will be much shorter than this.

Limited funds

Some funds are distributed in rounds, whereas others can be applied for at any time. It is worth keeping in mind that funds have limited pools to draw from, so it is best to apply sooner rather than later. 

After you've applied

Applications are considered by staff from the relevant department, and at board meetings. Sometimes external assessors are called upon to assist in considering applications. We will contact you as soon as we can after we have reached a decision on your application. For some funds we will provide feedback on the reasons for our decision.

Last updated: 
Tuesday, 5 February 2019

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