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Encyclopedia > New Zealand Film Commission

The New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) or in the Maori language Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga is a New Zealand government commission formed to assist with creating and promoting New Zealand films. It was established under the New Zealand Film Commission Act 1978 (as amended in 1981, 1985, 1988, 1994 and 1999) with the assistance of film director, producer and writer Roger Donaldson. Image File history File links New Zealand Film Commission logo. ... Te Puni, Māori Chief Māori is the name of the indigenous people of New Zealand, and their language. ... Film may refer to: photographic film a motion picture in academics, the study of motion pictures as an art form a thin skin or membrane, or any covering or coating, whether transparent or opaque a thin layer of liquid, either on a solid or liquid surface or free-standing Film... 1978 was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... 1981 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1985 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1988 is a leap year starting on a Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1994 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Roger Donaldson (born November 15, 1945) is an Australian-born film producer, director and writer who has made numerous successful movies. ...


Functions and responsibilities

The functions of the Commission are to encourage and participate in the making, promotion, distribution, and exhibition of films and generally to encourage the development of the New Zealand film industry. A special direction to the Commission is that it shall not make financial assistance available for any film project unless the Commission is satisfied that the film has or is to have significant New Zealand content. The Commission handles worldwide sales of a range of New Zealand feature and short films.


The Commission is appointed by the Minister of Culture and Heritage and comprises a Chairman and seven other board members. It meets formally every two months. Day to day activities are carried out by a staff of 14 from a Wellington office. Wellington (Te Whanganui-a-Tara or Poneke) is the capital city of New Zealand and the countrys second-largest urban area. ...


The main classes of records held include:

  • Applications for financial assistance for development, production, distribution and promotion of New Zealand films;
  • Contracts in respect of investments made by the Commission; and
  • Contracts in respect of sales of a New Zealand film represented by the Commission.

Film financing

The NZFC provides financial assistance for New Zealand feature film projects and New Zealand filmmakers, by way of loan or equity financing. They commit up to 8% of their annual budget to feature film development financing, and up to 60% to feature film production financing. Development decisions are made by either the senior staff group (up to $15,000 per project) or the Development Committee (up to $75,000 cumulative per projects). The Film Commission Board makes decisions involving financing beyond $75,000 for either advanced project development or for production financing. [1]

Films funded by the Commission

The page List of New Zealand Feature Films shows which were funded by the commission. List is presently of major movies only. ...

Contact details

The address of the New Zealand Film Commission is currently, as of 2004: 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

The Chief Executive
New Zealand Film Commission
PO Box 11 546
The Film Centre, 119 Jervois Quay

The contact numbers are currently, as of 2004: 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Phone: +64 4 382 7680
Fax: +64 4 384 9719
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External links

  • Information about the New Zealand Film Commission from the New Zealand Ministry of Justice (note: information from this website has been directly incorporated into this article, fair use copyright applies).
  • The New Zealand Film Commission official website
  • NZFC film industry financing
  • NZFC feature film financing
  • NZFC short film financing
  • NZFC film makers & organisational support
  • NZFC finance structure



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