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The New Zealand Government offers generous incentives to New Zealand productions and official co-productions.

The New Zealand Screen Production Grant (NZSPG) came into effect on 1 April 2014 (replacing the Screen Production Incentive Fund) and updated as of 1 July, 2017.

For New Zealand productions and official co-productions, the NZSPG offers a cash grant equivalent to 40% of Qualifying New Zealand Production Expenditure (QNZPE). This grant is capped at NZ$6 million per production unless the production qualifies for an Additional Grant.




The New Zealand Film Commission administers the NZSPG and would welcome a conversation with you if you think your production may qualify as a New Zealand production or an official co-production.


The grant applies to New Zealand screen productions in the following formats:

Expenditure Thresholds


Minimum QNZPE

Feature Film

NZ$2.5 million total

Single episode – scripted

NZ$1 million total

No less than NZ$800,000 per hour

Single episode – unscripted

NZ$250,000 total

Series – scripted

NZ$1 million total

No less than NZ$500,000 per hour

Series – unscripted

No less than NZ$250,000 per hour

Short form animation (single or series)

NZ$250,000 total

No less than NZ$400,000 per hour

Significant New Zealand Content

To qualify for a grant, productions must have significant New Zealand content as determined by a points test. Official co-productions are deemed to have significant New Zealand content for the purposes of the grant for QNZPE up to $15 million and do not need to meet the points test.

The test considers:

Additional Grant

Productions with QNZPE of above NZ$15 million that meet additional criteria (including providing cultural benefit to New Zealand that is commensurate with the value of the Additional Grant applied for) may be eligible for an additional grant of 40% of QNZPE above NZ$15 million (Additional Grant). The additional grant is capped at NZ$14 million.

The New Zealand Film Commission will take a share of net income and profit from the production relating to the additional grant.

The New Zealand Film Commission administers the NZSPG. To find out more please visit the New Zealand Film Commission website


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