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The New Zealand Screen Production Grant (NZSPG) - New Zealand aims to develop the New Zealand film industry and tell more New Zealand stories.  

The New Zealand Screen Production Grant (NZSPG) came into effect on 1 April 2014 and applies to all productions that started principal photography (or key animation) after 1 April 2014.

This grant replaces the Large Budget Screen Production Grant (LBSPG) and Screen Production Incentive Fund (SPIF). The Film Commission administers the NZSPG on behalf of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

The current NZSPG Criteria are dated 1 July 2017, and will replace the 1 August 2015 criteria. The Effective Date and Transitional Provisions are summarised below.

NZSPG - New Zealand Productions

New Zealand Productions that start Principal Photography before 1 July 2017 will be assessed under the NZSPG Criteria for New Zealand Productions dated 1 August 2015.

New Zealand Productions that start Principal Photography on or after 1 July 2017 will be assessed under the 1 July 2017 criteria.

You will find information about the NZSPG for international productions and Post, Digital and Special Effects here.

Provisional Certificate

New Zealand Productions that have applied to the Film Commission for a Provisional Certificate and have received an acknowledgement letter confirming that the application is complete, on or before 30 June 2017, and that application for a Provisional Certificate is subsequently approved, the application will be considered under the NZSPG Criteria for New Zealand Productions dated 1 August 2015. There will be no extensions to a Provisional Certificate granted under this clause of the criteria.

If a Provisional Certificate is granted under this clause and the applicant has started Principal Photography before the Provisional Certificate has expired, the final application in respect of that production will also be assessed under the NZSPG Criteria for New Zealand Productions dated 1 August 2015.

Principal Photography as defined in the criteria: Appendix 1 - Definitions and Interpretations.

Overview - 1 July 2017 criteria

(For an overview of the 1 August 2015 criteria, click here.)

New Zealand Productions are eligible for a cash grant of 40% of QNZPE. New Zealand Productions must have significant New Zealand content or be official co-productions.  

QNZPE is generally production expenditure spent by the applicant on:

  • services provided in New Zealand
  • the use of land located in New Zealand
  • goods purchased, hired or leased in New Zealand, provided they are sourced from within New Zealand
  • goods sourced from overseas, provided those goods are not otherwise available in New Zealand, are located in New Zealand during the making of the production and are purchased, hired or leased from a New Zealand Resident who typically supplies that type of good.

QNZPE includes fees and expenses of non-New Zealanders who work on the production in New Zealand, provided (in the case of non-cast members) they work on the production for at least 14 days in total. Further details of inclusions and exclusions to QNZPE are set out in the NZSPG Criteria.  There are differences between the inclusions and exclusions to QNZPE for International Productions and New Zealand Productions. 

For further details and eligibility criteria for each of the grants see the relevant pages. 

If you have any questions about Incentives, please contact nzspg@nzfilm.co.nz or call the Incentives Executive on +64 4 382 7680.

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A visual overview of the NZSPG New Zealand July 2017

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A visual overview of the NZSPG New Zealand August 2015

  • NZSPG - New Zealand 1 July 2017

    The New Zealand Screen Production Grant is focused on industry development outcomes, underpinned by cultural criteria.

  • NZSPG Criteria New Zealand 1 July 2017

    1 July 2017 This document sets out the eligibility criteria for the New Zealand Screen Production Grant for New Zealand Productions and outlines the application process.

  • NZSPG New Zealand 1 August 2015

    The New Zealand Grant is focused on industry development outcomes, underpinned by cultural criteria.

  • NZSPG Criteria New Zealand 1 August 2015

    1 August 2015 This document sets out the eligibility criteria for the New Zealand Screen Production Grant for New Zealand Productions and outlines the application process.

Last updated: 
Wednesday, 22 November 2017

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