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We invest in feature films for the big screen that entertain audiences and are recognised and celebrated all over the world.  Our investment in film develops careers and attracts international business to help drive our economy.

We invest and administer funding for films at every budget level and seek to support cinematic films for diverse audiences to enjoy.  As well as production funding, we can help with financial and logistical support for developing ideas and scripts, post production, marketing and getting films on to screens here and overseas.

We offer a range of funding opportunities for feature film projects, from first-draft funding right through to grants enabling you to finish your film so it can be exhibited. 

Feature film funding can be broken down into the following areas:

  • Development Funding
    We support the development of scripts and film projects with the aim of getting them to the production stage.

  • Production Funding
    We offer discretionary production financing to projects with significant New Zealand content that meet one or more of our key values.  This financing is by way of an equity investment in the project. 
     
  • Post Production Funding
    We offer post production funding to films that have already been shot but need financial assistance to be finished.  There are a number of options including Post Production Financing and the Feature Film Finishing Grant.  We also administer the Post, Digital and Visual Effects Grant for larger feature projects. 

We also administer the Government's incentive schemes.

Funds in this funding programme

  • Feature Film Finishing Fund

    Post-Production Funding, Feature Film Funding

    The Feature Film Finishing Fund helps independent filmmakers over the final hurdle of post production and into cinemas.

    Post Production
    Grant
  • He Ara Development Fund

    Project Development Funding, Feature Film Funding, Māori and Pasifika pathways

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

    Early Development
    Advanced Development
    Grant
  • Feature Film Pathway Fund

    Project Development Funding, Feature Film Funding

    The Feature Film Pathway Fund (Premiere Pathways) allows filmmaking teams to create supporting material that will help get a feature film made.

    Early Development
    Advanced Development
    Grant
  • Post Production Fund

    Post-Production Funding, Feature Film Funding
    The Post Production Fund helps exciting projects to get over the finishing line.
    Post Production
    Equity Investment
  • Early Development Fund

    Project Development Funding, Feature Film Funding
    The Early Development Fund supports early draft feature film scripts or treatments that have the potential to be great New Zealand screen stories.
    Early Development
    Loan
  • Advanced Development Fund

    Project Development Funding, Feature Film Funding

    The Advanced Development Fund supports film projects that are at an advanced stage and are almost ready for market.

    Advanced Development
    Loan
  • Documentary Development Fund

    Project Development Funding, Feature Film Funding, Documentary Funding

    The Documentary Development Fund supports documentary films that have the potential to become compelling cinematic releases.

    Early Development
    Advanced Development
    Loan
  • Co-Production Development Fund

    Project Development Funding, Feature Film Funding, Co-productions

    The Co-Production Development Fund encourages New Zealand filmmakers to form partnerships with filmmakers overseas.

    Early Development
    Advanced Development
    Grant
  • Feature Film Production Investment

    Production Funding, Feature Film Funding

    Feature Film Production Investment supports the making of diverse New Zealand feature films that are original, exciting and culturally significant.

    Production
    Equity Investment
  • Lower Budget Feature Films

    Production Funding, Feature Film Funding

    The Lower Budget Feature Film Initiative is aimed at lower-budget projects that want to break boundaries.

    Production
    Equity Investment
Last updated: 
Wednesday, 1 June 2016

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