Issue date: 
Friday, 19 March 2021

Join New Zealand Film Commission CEO Annabelle Sheehan along with the Joint Heads of Te Puna Kairangi- Premium Fund and Ara ki Te Puna Kairangi -  Premium Development Fund, Kay Ellmers and Polly Fryer.

Molly Littlejohn will once again moderate the live webinar starting at 5pm on Thursday 25 March, with Head of Marketing Jasmin McSweeney in conversation with Catherine Fitzgerald, a producer of Punch and Coming Home in the Dark. 

25 March marks the one-year anniversary of New Zealand’s shift to Alert Level 4. Annabelle will reflect on the past 12 months, the industry’s achievements during this time,  and how the NZFC continues to support filmmakers.

Thirty-three applications for Premium Funding have been received. Kay and Polly will discuss the process and timeline of the Premium Fund and answer questions about the Premium Development Fund.

Producer Catherine Fitzgerald has successfully overcome many of the challenges of COVID, including the international premiere and market launch of Coming Home in the Dark at a virtual Sundance,  production of Punch starring UK actor Tim Roth, and some necessary pivoting on co-production opportunities.

If you have any questions, specifically regarding the Te Puna Kairangi - Premium Fund and the Ara ki Te Puna Kairangi - The Premium Development Fund Guidelines, you can email these in advance to (by noon on Thursday 25 March) or you can post your question at any time during the session. We will endeavour to answer all questions asked during the live event, but we highly recommend sending in your questions beforehand if possible.

How to join the Q & A

Join the event here at 5pm on Thursday 25 March.

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Last updated: 
Friday, 19 March 2021