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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) for all productions and for PDV a baseline cash grant of 20% for the first $25 million of QNZPE, and thereafter at 18% of QNZPE. In addition to the baseline grant, some projects may also be invited to apply for an additional 5% Uplift if it is anticipated that they will provide significant additional economic benefits to New Zealand.

Base Grant



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 (up to 20% of total QNZPE) and all crew if they are in New Zealand for more than 14 working days in total. Many expenditure items count, including good sourced in New Zealand and the use of land in New Zealand. In most cases, the cost of each direct incoming flight to New Zealand is QNZPE.

Expenditure thresholds


Minimum QNZPE

Feature film

NZ$15 million

Television and other non-feature film

NZ$4 million

Post, digital and visual effects


Effective as of 1 August, 2015

Baseline Grant



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

International productions which qualify for the 20% baseline grant and that offer significant additional economic benefits to New Zealand may be invited to apply for a 5% Uplift. 

In addition to being invited to apply, to be eligible for the 5% Uplift applicants must:

  • meet the QNZPE thresholds ($100 million QNZPE in the previous five years, $30 million QNZPE on the current production);
  • pass the Significant Economic Benefits Test; and
  • provide value to new Zealand that meets or exceeds the size of the 5% Uplift applied for.

The Significant Economic Benefits Test is set out in Appendix 3 of the NZSPG criteria for International Productions.



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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