Issue date: 
Thursday, 23 July 2020

Temporary provisions have been added to the NZSPG Criteria for New Zealand Productions to assist applicants whose productions have been significantly affected by the COVID-19 lockdown.

These provisions recognise that domestic productions have been disrupted by COVID-19 in a way that significantly affects their relationship to the NZSPG. 

These provisions include NZFC and NZSPG Panel discretion around:

  • Application deadlines
  • Expenditure thresholds
  • QNZPE definitions
  • Flexibility around market attachment and non-government funding
  • Flexibility around distribution and
  • The possibility of interim applications

Eligible productions will fall into one of the below categories:

Covid-19 Lockdown Production - meaning a New Zealand Production that had started Principal Photography on or before 21 March 2020, provided the NZPSG Panel is satisfied that Principal Photography was disrupted to a material extent as a direct result of the Covid-19 Lockdown.

Post-Covid-19 Lockdown Production - meaning a New Zealand Production that starts Principal Photography between 14 May 2020 and 31 December 2020.

For full details, you can download a PDF copy of the updated criteria here.

If you are unsure whether these provisions apply to your production, or you have any other queries, please contact

Also please let us know if it would be helpful to hold a NZFC Webinar to talk through the changes and answer questions, please email us

Last updated: 
Thursday, 23 July 2020