We will invest around $40m in the 2017/18 year in scripted content. This includes audio/visual drama, comedy, animation or any other content that requires a planned creative approach.
Our aim is: Great New Zealand content is valued and enjoyed by many New Zealand audiences.
One of our core functions under the Broadcasting Act 1989 is to reflect and develop New Zealand identity and culture. With a clear strategy and single platform-neutral fund (the NZ Media Fund) we do this by investing in quality, diverse and discoverable content.
We balance different audiences and content types so that New Zealanders can find locally made content made for them on the platforms they use.
And we fund content for a variety of platforms. A qualifying commissioning platform is defined in our strategy for the NZ Media Fund as one that:
To apply for funding you must first register as an applicant using our online applications system, Eric. Registered applicants can manage applications through their personal dashboard, nominate supporting platforms, and update business information. Applications not submitted through Eric will not be considered.
Register and apply here.
We have five funding rounds a year. All deadlines are now 4pm on the date stated.
Please be aware that all your applications are covered by the Official Information Act - read more here.
The March round was a small round due to constrained funds available. The details are all here.
When funding is approved for a project there are a number of steps content producers need to take.
Deliciously twisted black comedy, a psychological thriller, murder mysteries, and a story starring a transgender lead are all in the pipeline for New Zealand television and online audiences.
A total revamp of the funding model was a major achievement for NZ On Air in 2016/17 as reported in the NZ On Air Annual Report, just tabled in Parliament.