New Zealand is a member of the AFCI.
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On 1 July 2008, the New Zealand Government created the Screen Production Incentive Fund (the Fund). The Fund provides a grant (SPIF grant or the Grant) to eligible New Zealand feature film, television and other format screen productions deemed to have significant New Zealand content.
The purpose of the Fund is to:
The Fund provides:
The Fund applies to screen productions in the following formats: feature film; single episode programme; documentary; series of programmes and short form animation.
Maximum Grant payable per production is NZ$6 million for film and $3 million for television.
For more information on the LBSP &/or PDV Grant, please visit the LBSPG page.
The Fund will be available only to productions which have been certified by the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) under Section 18 of the New Zealand Film Commission Act 1978 as New Zealand films (or other productions) having significant New Zealand content.
Guidance notes are available to help producers assess the significant New Zealand content in their screen production to ascertain if it may be eligible for a SPIF grant.
Projects seeking to access the Fund should contain identifiable New Zealand on screen elements (story, locations, character and culture), have strong New Zealand creative input (writer, director, producer) and high levels of New Zealand cast, crew and facilities.
To assist you with assessing the significant NZ content of your project, please read the Guidance Notes which are available in the Related Downloads.
Official Co-productions: Any film (including television and other format screen productions) certified by the New Zealand Film Commission as an 'official co-production' pursuant to one of New Zealand's bilateral film co-production agreements will be automatically considered as having 'significant New Zealand content' for the purposes of eligibility for the Fund.
For a list of co-production treaties, see the New Zealand Film Commission Website.
The Grant is administered by the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC). Further information is available on the SPIF page of their website.
An applicant may apply for provisional certification of eligibility for the Grant at any time prior to or during production. Provisional Certification can be for assessment of significant New Zealand content only, or significant New Zealand content and QNZPE certification (which include distribution requirements). Provisional Certification does not guarantee payment of the Grant and applicants must apply for Final Certification once the production is completed.
Should any elements of the production change after Provisional Certification has been issued (e.g. creative personnel, cast and locations), an applicant should contact the NZFC immediately to ascertain whether the production's ongoing eligibility for the Grant is affected.
The application for a Final Certificate must be submitted to the NZFC no later than 6 months after completion of the screen production.
Applicants must be either:
Only one entity per screen production can be eligible for the Grant.
New Zealand television broadcasters may also be eligible to apply for the Grant, if the broadcaster is also the production company responsible for all activities involved in making the production in New Zealand.
Payment of the Grant will be dependent on the Inland Revenue Department verifying the tax information provided to the NZFC and the NZFC's Final Certification of the production. Provided that the application is complete and verified the NZFC will endeavour to provide payment within 3 months of application.
Application forms are available from:
Manager, Screen Production Incentive FundNew Zealand Film CommissionPO Box 11 546Wellington 6142New Zealand Ph +64 4 382 7680 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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