Essential information

New Zealand Writers Guild (NZWG) Seed grants offer an opportunity for writers to develop feature film scripts without a producer attached.

NZWG Seed funds supported by New Zealand Film Commission:

Assistance for writers with the development of early scripts for feature films.


  • Grant of $10,000 for the development of a first draft of a feature film script
  • Includes $2,500 for script consultation
  • Eight grants in total, over two rounds per annum

Seed Advanced

  • Grant of $12,500 for established writers to develop feature film scripts
  • Includes $2,500 for further development of the feature film script (such as workshops, script consultants, and table reads)
  • Four grants in total, over two rounds per annum

Who can apply

Writers can apply – a producer is not required for this grant.

Seed Advanced is for a documentary or narrative writer who has created not less than a total of 90 minutes broadcast/theatrical material which has been produced by a recognised production company, platform or authority. 

How to apply

The New Zealand Writers Guild administers the grants – visit their website to apply.


Project type
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New Zealand Filmmakers, Screenwriter
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Last updated: 
Tuesday, 31 October 2023