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Do you have a great story you wish to tell? We are committed to developing New Zealand screen stories and the voices of the people who create them.  

The Film Commission supports filmmakers to develop a diverse range of projects from the early draft of a screenplay right through to a finished film. We fund innovative ideas that will connect with both local and international audiences and attract critical acclaim. We want to further the success of filmmakers and the production companies behind them.

Early development

If you have the spark of an idea for a script, you may like to apply to the New Zealand Writers' Guild for a Seed Grant. Writer/producer teams looking to develop the early draft of a screenplay can seek funding from our Early Development Fund

Advanced development

If your script has been through several drafts and is approaching market readiness, your producer may want to apply for funding for Advanced Development.

 

Funds in this funding programme

  • 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
  • Interactive Development Fund

    Project Development Funding, Funding the future - Interactive and Virtual Reality, Talent Development

    The Interactive Development Fund enables the development of interactive content that is focussed on strong and original New Zealand stories. 

    Early Development
    Grant
    Loan
  • Seed Grants

    Project Development Funding

    New Zealand Writers Guild (NZWG) Seed grants offer an opportunity for writers to develop feature film scripts without a producer attached.

    Early Development
    Grant
  • 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
Last updated: 
Friday, 23 October 2015

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