New funding opportunity for Pacific and Asian filmmakers

Posted Wednesday 21 Nov 2018

Pacific and Asian filmmakers, listen up! Here's an exciting new opportunity to develop stories that reflect your diverse communities and voices on screen. A new funding initiative from the New Zealand Film Commission, NZ On Air and TVNZ is focused on developing a compelling one-off feature-length Pasifika or Asian New Zealand story to screen in prime time on TVNZ. It is anticipated that the successful project will be of award-winning quality and will secure festival invitations and international sales. Up to $90,000 in development funding is available for up to three projects where Pacific or Asian New Zealand filmmakers are in two of the three key creative roles (writer, producer, director), and with strong Asian or Pacific cast representation. Designed with TVNZ's successful Sunday Theatre slot in mind, the fund seeks feature-length scripted proposals that tell compelling real-life stories to highlight the cultural diversity of New Zealand's population. The duration of the content will be between 90 and 110 minutes and the intention is that at least one of the three projects to receive development funding will be supported into production in the 2019/20 financial year.

Applications will close on 14 December, and the three projects chosen for development funding will be announced on 16 January.



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Armstrong wins SPADA Independent Producer gong

Posted Wednesday 21 Nov 2018

We're cheering for producer Desray Armstrong who took out this year's SPADA Independent Producer of the Year Award. This Award recognises outstanding contribution towards the growth and development of the NZ independent screen industry in 2018. As well as producing Mike Minogue's comedy web series The Watercooler (released on NZME's platform Watch Me) and Michelle Saville's short film Bats, Desray also produced her debut feature film Stray. She and Stray director Dustin Feneley discuss the film's fundraising at an upcoming DEGNZ event - see our Noticeboard item for details.