New Zealand is a member of the AFCI.
Wednesday 12th March
The New Zealand Government offers a Screen Production Incentive Fund Grant (SPIF Grant) for film, television and other format projects that meet specific cultural criteria and are commercially distributed in New Zealand.
The grant provides:
The fund applies to feature films, single episode programmes, documentaries, series of programmes and short form animation, with a requirement for feature film productions to find at least 10% and other formats at least 25% of their funding from non-New-Zealand-government sources.
Feature films must have a confirmed and commercially robust cinematic distribution agreement in New Zealand, and other formats must have a similar distribution agreement on an appropriate and accessible platform in New Zealand.
Other Government funding
Feature films and animated productions that have received production funding through a New Zealand government agency will remain eligible to receive a SPIF grant. This does not apply to television and other formats.
Productions with QNZPE over NZ$15 million
Productions are not eligible to receive both the SPIF Grant and the LBSP or Post, Digital and Visual Effects Grant (PDV Grant).
Significant New Zealand content
The SPIF grant is available to all productions which have significant New Zealand content as determined by a points test. The test considers:
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.
Official co-productions are deemed to have Significant New Zealand content for the purposes of the SPIF and do not need to meet the points test.
QNZPE threshold (max NZ$15 Million)
Minimum % of budget from sources other than NZ Government
Feature film minimum duration 75 mins (or IMAX minimum duration 45 mins)
40% of QNZPE
Single episode programme(excluding documentary) minimum duration 1 commercial hour
NZ$1 million total & no less than NZ$800,000 per hour
20% of QNZPE
Single episode documentary programme minimum duration ½ commercial hour
20% of QNZPE
Series of programmes(excluding documentary) at least 2 episodes, minimum duration ½ commercial hour per episode (excluding animation)
NZ$1 million total No less than $500,000 per hour
Series of documentary programmes at least 2 episodes, minimum duration ½ commercial hour
No less than NZ$250,000 per hour
Short form animation minimum total duration ¼ commercial hour
NZ$250,000 total & no less than NZ$400,000 per hour
Grant administration and application process
The grant is administered by the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC).
The application for a Final Certificate must be submitted to the NZFC no later than 6 months after completion of the screen production. Payments are usually made within 3 months of application.
For income tax purposes, the grant will be given standard grant treatment: the cost base of the screen production will be reduced by the amount of the grant.
Only one entity per screen production can apply for the grant.
Applicants should provide an on-screen end credit to the New Zealand Government and promotional materials to the New Zealand Film Commission or Film New Zealand in line with the Promotional Materials Schedule.
For more information:
· Download the SPIF grant factsheet and criteria
· Visit the New Zealand Film Commission website
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