Issue date: 
Monday, 4 September 2023

Recent Production Funding Decisions 

Feature Film Production Investment  

At the August 2023 Board Meeting, the NZFC Board approved conditional offers of funding to one new feature film and additional equity to one feature film.   

Lomu (Documentary) 

Logline: Experience the unstoppable force of Jonah Lomu, the greatest rugby player to walk the planet, whose indomitable spirit reshaped the game forever. 

Producers: Emma Slade, Victoria Dabbs, Victoria Barrell, Simon Lazenby   

Executive Producers: Leela Menon, Desray Armstrong, Fraser Brown 

Director: Vea Mafile’o, Gavin Fitzgerald 

Writers: Vea Mafile’o, Gavin Fitzgerald 


Additional equity investment

Moss & Freud (Feature Drama) 

Logline: Over a period of nine months, supermodel Kate Moss sits for a portrait by acclaimed artist, Lucian Freud, who are both transformed by the challenging experience of discovery. 

Producer: Matthew Metcalfe  

Co-producers: Tom Blackwell, Lesley Hansen 

Executive Producer: Kate Moss 

Director: James Lucas 

Writer: James Lucas 


Extended Screen Production Recovery Fund 

The NZFC approved grant funding to four new applications: 

Blessing| $4,286 

(Short Film) 

Producers: Sarah Cook, Jimena Murray 

Director: Jane Shearer 

Lead Writer: Jane Shearer, Steve Ayson 

Womb | $10,000 

(Short Film) 

Producer: Amanda Jane Robinson 

Writer/Director: Kyrah Hetaraka 

Creamerie Season 2 | $29,333 

(Series Drama) 

Producers: Bronwynn Bakker, JJ Fong, Perlina Lau, Ally Xue, Roseanne Liang 

Director: Roseanne Liang 

Writers: Roseanne Liang, Dan Musgrove 

Bookworm | $85,986 

(Feature Film) 

Producers: Emma Slade, Roxi Bull, Victoria Dabbs 

Director: Ant Timpson 

Writer: Toby Harvard 


Premium Contingency Fund 

The NZFC Board approved conditional equity to one application: 

Far North (Series Drama) 

Producers: Kelly Martin, Sally Campbell 

Director: David White 

Writers: David White, Mingjian Cui, Suli Moa 


Recent Development Funding Decisions 

Early Development & Documentary Development Funding 

Childish (Drama) | $25,000 

When a wealthy doctor suffers a serious stroke, the perfect lives of his wife and entitled adult children are turned upside down. But when they discover he has a secret family, all hell breaks loose. 

Producer: Rachel Jean 

Writer: Jesse Griffin 

Director: Jesse Griffin 

New Zealand Ninja (Drama) | $25,000 

This is the wild, unbelievable, hilariously true story of a lonely self-styled teenage Ninja who recruited his only friends to form a terrorist organisation that committed burglaries, robbed banks, and attempted to assassinate the Queen. 

Producer: Orlando Stewart 

Writer: Brian Challis 

Where the River Runs (Drama) | $25,000 

Charleston, Otago. 1884. Two desperate worlds collide when a grieving widow and a young pregnant girl are flung together in their fight to stay alive. 

Producer: Morgan Leigh Stewart 

Writer: Jodie Hillock  

Tandem (Drama) | $25,000 

Struggling to accept the disability that detonated her Olympic dream, an ambitious low-vision cyclist finds a tandem pilot to steer her to victory, but their co-dependent relationship soon veers violently off-course. 

Producer: Alex Reed 

Writer: Pennie Hunt 

Director: Pennie Hunt 

Grace (Documentary) | $20,000  

The fine art of female creative collaboration in a time of global crisis. From across the hungry seas, a group of artists revolutionise ancient traditions to make a place to stand against the rising tide. 

Producer: Dame Gaylene Preston, Susana Lei'ataua, Catherine Madigan 

Director: Dame Gaylene Preston 

Project Baby (Documentary) | $20,000  

A transgender woman donates sperm frozen a decade earlier to a lesbian couple.  As the trio navigates their high-stakes IVF journey they contemplate sexuality, gender, friendship, love and the transformative power of chosen family. 

Producer: Kay Ellmers, Polly Fryer 

Director: Parehuia MacKay 


Hāpaitia Te Kaupapa Kiriata - Māori Development Funding 

Don Te Haute (Drama) | $25,000 

Deported from the only country he's ever known, an ex-con and his hapless friend are sent to their birthplace, a foreign land they've never called home. With wit, determination and the Police hot on their trail, they set out to meet Jacinda Ardern and change their fate. 

Producer: Kirk Torrance 

Writer: Kirk Torrance 

The Tohunga : Origin (Drama) | $25,000 



Production and Development Deadlines 2024 


Feature Film Production Investment and Feature Film Post Production Investment 

1pm Monday 9 October 2023

Board Meeting 12 December 2023


1pm Monday 27 November 2023 

Board Meeting 14/15 February 2024 


1pm Monday 5 February 2024 

Board Meeting 9/10 April 2024  


1pm Tuesday 2 April 2024 

Board Meeting 12/13 June 2024 


1pm Tuesday 4 June 2024 

Board Meeting 13/14 August 2024 


1pm Monday 5 August 2024 

Board Meeting 16/17 October 2024 


1pm Monday 7 October 2024 

Board Meeting 9/10 December 2024 


Early Development Fund and Documentary Development Fund 

1pm Monday 16 October 2023

Producer Notification Monday 11 December 2023 


1pm Monday 15 January 2024 

Producer Notification 11 March 2024 


1pm Monday 18 March 2024 

Producer Notification 13 May 2024 


1pm Monday 20 May 2024 

Producer Notification 15 July 2024 


1pm Monday 22 July 2024 

Producer Notification 16 September 2024 


1pm Monday 23 September 2024 

Producer Notification 18 November 2024 


Extended Screen Production Recovery Fund 

The Extended Screen Production Recovery Fund closed to new applications on 31 July 2023. 


Premium Contingency Fund  

The Premium Contingency Fund closed to new applications on 31 July 2023. 

The current round of Early Development and Documentary Development Funding will be announced on 2 October.  

Last updated: 
Thursday, 7 September 2023