19 screen projects have been offered a total of $1.5 million of development funding in the first round of Ara ki Te Puna Kairangi – The Premium Development Fund.
The successful projects represent a broad array of ideas with the potential to engage both local and international audiences, and include two feature films, 11 drama series, two documentary, and four animation projects.
The overall purpose of the Premium Fund, (which includes development and production funding), is ‘to support high quality productions that tell New Zealand stories for global audiences’ and that is underpinned by five key objectives that speak to economic benefit, employment, cultural benefit, speed to market and developing skills and capability.
Decisions for development investment were made by the Chief Executives of Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga New Zealand Film Commission, Te Māngai Pāho and Irirangi Te Motu NZ on Air, as delegated by the Te Puna Kairangi panel.
There was a total of $2million available across two rounds and the first round received 65 eligible applications seeking nearly $7million of development funding.
“The high number of quality proposals made a compelling case to invest $1.5 million in this round,” explained Larry Parr, CEO of Te Māngai Pāho. “We’re delighted that this includes support for several strong Māori creative teams.”
“This is an exciting opportunity to fund a diverse range of screen sector creatives to develop their ideas to take to the international market with the aim of submitting proposals to the second round of Premium Production Funding,” said Mladen Ivancic, acting CEO of the New Zealand Film Commission.
Cameron Harland, CEO of NZ On Air added, “The projects represent a huge variety of bold and ambitious ideas illustrating how vibrant, talented and passionate our screen sector is.”
A further $500,000 is available in the second round of Ara ki Te Puna Kairangi – Premium Development fund, which will open on 23 August with an application deadline of 14 September 2021. Development round 2 guidelines are available here.
The following projects have been offered development funding:
Alibi (Season 2) Plus6Four Entertainment Limited
Creamerie (Season 2) Creamerie Ltd
Georgina – First Lady Filthy Productions Ltd
Gone Deep He Waka Eke Noa Pictures Ltd
Home Soil - Ūkaipō Wheke Group
Jupiter Park Piki Films Limited
Rūrangi (Season 2) Autonomouse Limited
The Ark POP Film Ltd
The Panthers (Season 2) Tavake Ltd
Wall Southern Light Films
Year of The Fox Awa Films Ltd
The Uncle’s Story Propaganda Ltd
Upham Warrior Films Ltd
ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Kiri and Lou Movie Filmwork Ltd
Badjelly The Witch Mukpuddy Ltd
Feel Brave Feel Brave Productions
What Will I Be Today? POW Studios Limited
Poison The Gibson Group Ltd
Mau Tikilounge Productions / Bsag Productions / Sweetshop & Green / Sunpix Ltd