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New Zealand Screen Production Rebate for International Productions

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The New Zealand Screen Production Rebate, originally named the New Zealand Screen Production Grant, is a Government-backed screen incentives scheme, first introduced on 1 April 2014. Eligible productions can access a 20% cash rebate on Qualifying New Zealand Production Expenditure. A Post, Digital and Visual Effects (PDV) Rebate is also available.

Recently announced changes:

For PDV Productions commencing PDV Activity on or after 31 August 2023:

  • the QNZPE threshold is reduced to NZ$250,000
  • the "sliding scale" rebate rate is removed, meaning all PDV Productions can access a rebate at 20% of QNZPE

Key changes to the 5% Uplift, effective from 1 November 2023:

  • applications will no longer be by invitation only
  • the 5% Uplift points test will be revised 
  • 5% Uplift applications will be considered by the Rebate Panel (rather than a separate verification panel.)

Note: PDV Productions will continue to be ineligible for the 5% UpliftMore detail on the 5% Uplift changes is available here.


The PDV Rebate changes are effective from 31 August 2023, ahead of being formally incorporated into the new rebate Criteria. This Criteria, including the changes to the 5% Uplift, will be published in October 2023.

Applicants should continue to refer to the current NZSPG Criteria for International Productions dated 1 July 2017 (Updated 2019) in the meantime, which can be downloaded here. FAQs are also available here.

The New Zealand Film Commission administers the NZSPR for International Productions on behalf of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

The purpose of the NZSPR for International Productions is to incentivise the production of foreign and domestic large budget films, television and other format productions in New Zealand in order to provide economic and industry development benefits to New Zealand.

The purpose of the PDV Rebate is to specifically foster capacity and new business development for large budget PDV Productions in New Zealand.

A domestic rebate is also available to New Zealand productions and Official Co-productions. Click here for more information.

Eligible Formats

Feature films, television and other non-feature film formats are eligible. Productions applying for the Post, Digital and Visual Effects Rebate are also required to be an eligible format. 

See Clauses 8 and 9 of the Criteria for full details on formats, including ineligible formats.

Expenditure Thresholds 

Format Minimum QNZPE
Feature film (theatrical release) NZ$15 million
Television and other non-feature NZ$4 million

Post, Digital and Visual Effects Rebate

NZ$500,000; or

NZ$250,000 (from 31 August 2023)

General Eligibility Requirements

Special Purpose Vehicle

Applicants must be a special purpose vehicle set up solely to make the production in New Zealand, unless they fall within one of the exceptions set out in clause 12.2 of the Criteria.

Residency Status

The applicant must be a New Zealand resident company or partnership, or a foreign corporation with a fixed establishment in New Zealand for tax purposes.

Responsible Entity

The applicant for the Rebate must be the entity responsible for all activities in making the production in New Zealand.

Other Rebates and New Zealand Incentives

A production cannot receive an International Rebate and a New Zealand Rebate, or any other New Zealand Government film finance or tax incentive in relation to the production. 

Qualifying New Zealand Production Expenditure (QNZPE)

QNZPE is eligible spend incurred by the applicant on the production in New Zealand. In general, this means:

  • services provided in New Zealand;
  • the use of land located in New Zealand;
  • goods purchased, hired or leased in New Zealand, provided they are sourced from within New Zealand;
  • goods sourced from overseas, provided those goods are not otherwise available in New Zealand, are located in New Zealand during the making of the production and are purchased, hired or leased from a New Zealand Resident who typically supplies that type of good.

QNZPE also includes the fees and expenses of non-New Zealand residents who work on the production in New Zealand, provided (in the case of non-cast members) they work on the production for at least 14 days in total.

Further details, including exclusions to QNZPE, are set out in section 3 of the Criteria.

Post, Digital and Visual Effects (PDV) Rebate

QNZPE necessarily related to PDV Activity includes but is not limited to:

  • the fees and expenses of personnel working on PDV Activity
  • the hire of studio and office space for PDV Activity
  • the purchase and hire of equipment used for PDV Activity
  • the depreciation of assets used for PDV Activity.

For a detailed list of PDV Activity please see Appendix 2 of the Criteria.

Application Process


To be eligible for the Rebate, all applicants must register with the Film Commission within the relevant timeframe:

  • For Live Action productions: before commencing Principal Photography in New Zealand.
  • For PDV Productions: within 20 working days of a “qualifying bid”* being accepted by the applicant; or
  • If a PDV Production does not initially meet the NZ$250,000 QNZPE threshold, it can be registered after PDV activity has commenced if registration takes place within 20 working days of a “qualifying bid” taking the QNZPE above the minimum expenditure threshold, being accepted by the applicant.

See Clause 26 of the Criteria for full details on registration.

Registration forms are available here.

International Productions that do not register within the relevant timeframe will not be eligible for the NZSPR.

* a “qualifying bid” is a bid by a supplier to carry out PDV Activity that would result in the aggregate QNZPE for the production exceeding the NZ$250,000 threshold.

Provisional Certification

Once a production is registered, the production may apply for a Provisional Certificate, but this is not mandatory. A Provisional Certificate is not a guarantee that the production will receive Final certification, but it does indicate whether the production is likely to meet the eligibility criteria. Provisional application forms are available here and the assessment process takes 6-8 weeks. Once issued, a Provisional Certificate will lapse after six months unless the production commences Principal Photography within that time.

Final Certification

Final applications can be made once all QNZPE on the production is paid, or each time the QNZPE reaches NZ$50 million or more (this is an Interim application). Final application forms are available here.

Final applications must be made within six months from Completion of the production.

Final applications must include an independent auditor’s report from one of the following approved auditors:

  • Ernst & Young
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Grant Thornton
  • KPMG

If you wish to use a different auditor, please email for approval.

Final applications are sent to the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) for review against the applicant’s tax records and to an Independent Consultant for assessment of QNZPE. The application is then presented to the Rebate Panel for approval.

The Final application process takes up to three months. Once approved, payment is generally made within 10 business days once an invoice is submitted to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

An application fee may be payable for making an application for the International Rebate.

All applications should be submitted to

On-screen Credit, Logo and Promotional Materials

The completed production must include an on-screen end credit and New Zealand Film Commission logo. Unless otherwise agreed, the required credit text is:

The filmmakers acknowledge the assistance of the New Zealand Government’s Screen Production Rebate.

Please email to obtain the current Film Commission logo. Please note, unless otherwise agreed with the NZFC, the logo should only be used in conjunction with the end credit text.

Please see the Promotional Materials Schedule for information on required deliverables to be provided with your Final application.

Further information

If you have any further queries, please contact or call the Incentives Team on +64 4 896 6201.

Images: M3GAN (courtesy of Blumhouse), Black Adam (courtesy of Warner Bros.)

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Last updated: 
Monday, 11 September 2023

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