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COVID-19 Response

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The New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) will keep this page updated with our response to COVID-19. Please click on the headline to read the full information on each release.

Extended Screen Production Recovery Fund  

The Extended Screen Production Recovery Fund is open until 30 June 2023. The fund supports selected NZFC funded and NZSPG-New Zealand productions impacted by a COVID-19 event (as defined in the Fund guidelines) affecting production after 13 September 2022.

Visit Extended Screen Production Recovery Fund to see if you are eligible for this fund.


Useful Sites for Further Information

Information about the New Zealand Government’s response to COVID-19

Information on COVID-19 from the Ministry of Health

Information about accessing the wage subsidy for businesses or contractors

Information about the Screen Industry COVID-19 Action Group

Information about undertaking production safely and for the ScreenSafe COVID-19 Health and Safety Production Tool Kit  


COVID-19 Policy

The NZFC COVID-19 Policy was originally put in place in May 2020 in response to the disruptions caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic. The policy varies aspects of NZFC funding guidelines and Terms of Trade, with the intention of giving productions the best chance to be financed, completed and released.

While COVID-19 remains present in Aotearoa New Zealand, the NZFC has updated and extended the COVID-19 Policy to 31 July 2023.

NZFC Advisories

The NZFC issues regular advisories to provide updated and clear information to the industry about what the NZFC is putting in place to support people and productions until the pandemic situation is resolved.

Support Package for Arts Sector

COVID Advisory #5 - Screen Recovery Package Update

Advisory # 4 Introduced by NZFC Chair, Dame Kerry Prendergast and the Board of the NZFC

 Advisory #3 NZFC Extends Business Support Funding To $1 Million (Plus Confirms Development Funding of $750k+ From Ongoing Programmes) 

Advisory #2 COVID-19 Pandemic as it Affects Production 

Advisory #1 Regarding the COVID-19 Situation 


NZFC Live Q & A Sessions

NZFC Live Q & A 28 April

NZFC Live Q & A 12 May

Live Webinar on Screen Sector Recovery Package

Q&A on Screen Production Recovery and Capability Funding 20 August

28 October Live Webinar with NZFC, NZ On Air and Te Māngai Pāho

Live Webinar 16 December 2020



SPADA Co-Presidents interview CEOs of NZOA and NZFC on the impacts of COVID-19 - 4 April 2020

Second SPADA Co-Presidents Q&A with CEOs of NZFC and NZOA - 9 April 2020

Third SPADA, NZFC and NZOA Screen Industry Discussion - 17 April 2020

Annabelle Sheehan: My Covid-19 experience RNZ - 26 April 2020

Could the film industry revive Queenstown Lakes Covid-19 crippled economy?
 -  6 May 2020

International Film Industry Looks to New Zealand for Recovery - Newstalk ZB breakfast 14 May 2020

Last updated: 
Friday, 24 March 2023