September round information

This information is for producers intending to make a children’s funding application to the Scripted, Factual or Content Development streams of the NZ Media Fund for the July – September 2022 round.

How to Apply

The key difference this year, is that projects with multiple platforms attached (and ideally multiple local platforms) will be prioritised. This will ideally be on a non-exclusive basis.

Producers will be required to secure a local free-to-air (FTA) partner for their project with an expectation that this partner will provide oversight of the project (including commissioning and Health & Safety requirements).

YouTube Kids is an acceptable additional platform, and we encourage producers to think deeply about how content might live at all stages of the viewing journey and be presented and marketed in age-appropriate ways, more widely across YouTube, or Reels for Insta and TikTok to encourage greater discoverability of funded content.

We are currently talking to YouTube Kids about the best overall process for how producers might approach YouTube Kids so please contact Amie Mills to discuss this if you are interested.

Production companies may submit up to a maximum number of three proposals (across Scripted, Factual, Games and Content Development) to manage demands on the fund. We want your best ideas.

Please click here to view the September 2022 Children's Round Guidelines.


23 Jun 2022, 4pm Round open for applications.

All applications must be made through NZ On Air’s online application system. Applications not submitted through this system will not be accepted.

21 July 2022, 4pm Application deadline. Round closes.

Late applications will not be considered. In very exceptional circumstances, for time-sensitive projects agreed prior by the Head of Funding, we may consider an out of time application.

21 September 2022 Decisions confirmed, applicants notified the following day. This date may be extended at NZ On Air’s sole discretion.

Finalised Children's Content Funding Framework

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on our recently updated Children’s Content Funding Framework. This strategy document has now been finalised and is available to read on our website here.

We highly recommend any children's content producers planning on applying for funding in the 2022-2023 financial year read the Framework document and consider the impact of the updated strategy on your mahi.

If you have any pātai please contact Head Of Funding Amie Mills,

Waiata Reo Māori music showcase


The Waiata Reo Māori music showcase kicked off last week, celebrating some of Aotearoa’s top waiata reo Māori songwriters and performers.

With special performances by Kings, Mohi Allen, Rei, Anna Coddington, Louis Baker, Hāni Dread, Chad Chambers, Georgia Lines, Hina and Huia, the showcase was an awesome opportunity to highlight the huge influx of bilingual music releases making their mark nationwide and sparking interest overseas.

Read more about some of the recent successes of Reo Māori music in Aotearoa and watch the recorded live stream of the showcase in our Waiata Reo Māori music showcase feature.

2022 WIFT NZ Awards


From women to watch to unsung heroines, the biennial WIFT NZ Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of women and the gender diverse in all aspects of the New Zealand screen industry.

From a welcome drink, to the uplifting awards presentation, followed by a spirited party, the WIFT Awards are a significant event in the local screen industry calendar.

Make sure you get in early and book your ticket here!

Doc Edge Forum

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Doc Edge Forum is an annual industry event that brings together the local and international screen industry. It offers incredible seminars, panels, masterclasses and networking opportunities.

The 2022 Doc Edge Forum will be a hybrid programme of live and online events, and will feature a keynote address from NZ On Air Chief Executive Cameron Harland and NZ On Air Head Of Funding Amie Mills.

This year's Doc Edge Forum will be held in Auckland June 18 - 19 at the Media Design School and June 22 at the EMA Conference Centre.

For more information about the speakers, panels and sessions, check out the full programme here. Registrations are now open here.