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The New Zealand Screen Production Grant (NZSPG) offers generous grant-based incentives on qualifying productions across a wide range of formats.

The NZSPG offers a baseline cash grant equivalent to 20% of Qualifying New Zealand Production Expenditure (QNZPE). In addition to the baseline grant, some projects may also be eligible for an additional 5% uplift if they can demonstrate significant economic benefits to New Zealand.

Base Grant

20%

of QNZPE

Read on to understand the features of the grant or for more information talk to us.

Broad eligibility and platforms

Television, film, other non-feature formats, post, digital and visual effects are all covered including:   

Broad Eligible Formats

  • Scripted & unscripted
  • Reality
  • Pilots
  • Factual
  • Animation
  • Children's
  • Comedy
  • Web Series

Many Distribution Platforms

  • Television
  • Cinema
  • IMAX
  • DVD
  • Blu-ray
  • Internet
  • Video-on-demand
  • Other mass distribution platforms

Qualifying New Zealand Production Expenditure

Expenditure includes goods and labour, including above-the-line cast (for whatever period they are in the country) and crew if they are in New Zealand for more than 14 days. Most expenditure items count, including specialist props created for the production and brought to New Zealand, and international travel.

Expenditure thresholds

Format

Minimum QNZPE

Feature film

NZ$15 million

Television and other non-feature film

NZ$4 million

Post, digital and visual effects

NZ$500,000*

Effective as of 1 August, 2015

Value of grant

20%

of QNZPE

Television Production

The NZSPG is tailored to meet the needs of television production and covers:

Specific advantages include:

Post, Digital & VFX

The grant can also be used solely for post, digital and VFX (PDV) production. Qualifying expenditure is that spent directly on or related to PDV activity, including:

5% Uplift

A small number of international productions which qualify for the 20% grant and offer significant economic benefits to New Zealand may apply for a 5% uplift. This is assessed using a points test.

5%

uplift

The test considers:

A verification panel consisting of government representatives and individuals from the commercial sector and screen sector decides whether a production is eligible for the 5% Uplift. 

Successful productions enter into a memorandum of understanding with the New Zealand Film Commission on behalf of the New Zealand Government. For productions which have been approved in principle, 5% uplift summaries can be found below.

The grant is administered by the New Zealand Film Commission and applications are usually processed within three months of receipt.

 

For more information on the grant you can download a factsheet or contact us.

For more information get in touch. 

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