Film Post-Production Investment Policy
The following guidelines cover NZFC funding for post production for films that have
been made independently of the NZFC, in particular low/no-budget digital feature
films that have been funded by the filmmakers themselves or by the Independent
Filmmaker Fund or Screen Innovation Production Fund.
2. Post-production funding
The NZFC considers feature film post-production financing applications from New
Zealand producers in the following categories:
Digital feature films requiring post-production for either a film or a digital finish
Documentary features requiring post-production financing
Feature films shot on film requiring post-production financing and/or transfer to
3. Decision-making process
Applications for post-production funding of up to $25,000 that meet the criteria are
considered by the staff of the Film Commission who make a recommendation to the
CEO. Applications for more than $25,000 must be directed to the NZFC Board.
Decisions from NZFC meetings are usually informally available within a day of the
meeting and written advice within a week of the meeting.
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4. What can be applied for
Film makers may apply for funds for all aspects of post-production. They may also
apply for funds for publicity materials and, if their film has been selected for a
qualifying international festival, for funds to travel to that festival.
With increasing numbers of international film festivals accepting films finished digitally
an application for a funding for a film finish would be considered exceptional.
6. Application assessment criteria
Listed below are the criteria by which post-production applications are assessed by
the Film Commission:
Completeness of information provided.
subject matter in relation to the ‘significant New Zealand content’ of
Section 18, Film Commission Act 1978
assessment of material, especially in terms of story, visual quality and
(iii) Production team
track record and film experience of producer/director/writer/key creative
future plans of the team particularly with regard to feature films in
development. In extending post-production support to enable the
completion of a particular project, the NZFC will be looking for specific
outcomes in terms of how the completion of this project is going to help
the team with the development of their next feature film.
size of post-production budget in relation to: experience of production
team, potential market, potential recoupment
where necessary the budget will be discussed with the producer by a
person experienced in post-production to ensure that it is realistic.
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(v) Festival selection/market interest
Applications will be considered for films that have been selected either for
the New Zealand International Film Festival or for one of the following
Sundance, Rotterdam, Pusan, Edinburgh, Melbourne, London,
Toronto, Berlin, Telluride, Cannes, Venice, Valladolid, San
Sebastian, New York, HotDocs and IDFA.
Note: Producers will not be able to apply for finance for 35mm prints if the
festival is willing to screen the film in digital format.
In addition to, but not instead of, festival selection the NZFC will also
consider demonstration of market interest:
e.g. Domestic: commitment from a recognised domestic theatrical
e.g. Foreign: commitment from recognised sales agent or theatrical
distributor with advance
If a film is not selected for one of the festivals listed above staff may
consider an application for post-production funding if they agree that it
has potential for theatrical exhibition and the producers have submitted a
credible plan to reach audiences in cinemas.
7. Methods of financing
Funding of up to $25,000 will be extended in the form of a grant. Funding beyond this
level is likely to be considered equity investment. The NZFC will also consider
providing loans against pre-sales, sales advances or distribution guarantees. In
certain circumstances it may also provide underwriting.
In light of the speed with which digital technology is changing the way films are made
and distributed the Feature Film Post-Production investment policy outlined above is
subject to regular review. Staff welcome the opportunity to discuss proposals with
filmmakers before they submit a final application.
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Applications should include the following:
Please email (in a single document if possible) the following information to the Development
Coordinator, Faith Dennis (firstname.lastname@example.org) and send copies of the film on DVD (check
with us how many copies we need).
a Cover Sheet for Feature Film Post-Production Financing Applications
a clear statement detailing the financing level required from the Film Commission
a one-sentence statement on the subject of the film
a one-page synopsis of the story
evidence of ownership of rights including, where appropriate, copies of any signed
written confirmation evidence of festival selection
a clear statement about the target audience for the film and the proposed means of
reaching that audience
a full post-production budget
details about key personnel attached to the project, including one-page CVs
a post-production schedule.
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COVER SHEET FOR FEATURE FILM
POST-PRODUCTION FINANCING APPLICATIONS
Title of film project:
One sentence synopsis:
Name and address of producer and production company:
Production budget to date:
Proposed financial structure:
1. Financing Requested from NZFC $
2. Sales Agent/Distributor Contribution $
3. Other Financing Source/s $
Total post-production budget: $
Festivals film has been selected for:
International sales agent:
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