NZFC wants to Boost your project

Posted Monday 20 Feb 2017

Are you an established producer, or an established and successful screen business? The NZ Film Commission wants to hear from you - they're now calling for applications for their Boost programme.

Boost aims to accelerate the slates of active producers and enable successful screen businesses to build a feature film slate and move quickly into production.

The NZFC has made finance available until the end of the current financial year (30 June 2017) for successful Boost applicants. Up to $100,000 per successful application is available.

"We want to help businesses grow by producing films that are culturally significant, amazing, original and exciting. If you have plans that could benefit from a funding boost, then we may be able to help," says the NZFC.

For more information about Boost, including guidelines and application form, check out the NZFC website.

Applications are due at 9am on Monday 20 March 2017. You know what to do, people...

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Important tax matters and a picture of a puppy

Posted Monday 20 Feb 2017

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Tax! Yes, we realise we lost some of you right there. But even if your heart whimpers like a bedraggled puppy (see above) at the thought of getting your head around changes in tax rules, hang in there.

The IRD is changing how it administers schedular payments (that's freelancer/contractor tax) from April 1 2017, and staying on top of these changes will help you in the long run.

The full details are here. There are three main changes, affecting the forms to be fllled in, a new ability to choose your own tax rate (sorry, that isn't as exciting as it sounds), and how labour-hire payments are made.

Go on, check it out. It's going to be useful.

Photo: Thomas Hawke, CC BY-NC 2.0 license via Flickr