Digital media content reaching audiences wherever they are

Digital technologies provide new opportunities for viewing and sharing content. We support diverse projects and fund platforms to support content discovery.


Our digital media funding focuses on projects that target special interest audiences: children and youth, ethnic and other minorities in the community, arts and Māori.

We make sure the content we fund can be accessed in many different ways. That means making the content available on multiple channels and making it easier to find. Links to previously funded projects that have been published can be found here.

In 2016/17 we will invest $3.8 million in a diverse range of projects.

In 2017 we are transitioning to a new single strategy and platform neutral fund, the NZ Media Fund. The below content categories relate to our existing funding processes until 30 June 2017.


The December 2016 funding round supported projects under Interactive Media and Webseries.

View latest funding decisions


We consider applications for each funding stream in separate rounds.

Dates for 2016/17 for each funding round are outlined below. Application details and documents will be posted closer to the time along with the opening dates and criteria for each round.

Interactive Fund - Call for Interactive Documentary proposals is open now closed. Closing date 21 October.
Webseries Fund - Call for proposals is now closed. Closing date 7 October.
SkipAhead - Call for applications is now closed. Closing date 30 August.
Digital Innovation Fund - This fund will not be run in 2017.
Canada-NZ Digital Media Fund - Call for proposals is now closed. Closing 20 September.

In 2017 we are in a transition year - read the application deadlines here.


Digital Strategy

The Digital Strategy was published in 2012. It has three core goals:

  • Multiple channels for funded content
  • Funded digital media for targeted audiences
  • Enhanced options for content discovery

This strategy is replaced with the new single funding strategy and platform neutral NZ Media Fund from 1 July 2017.