WIFTers who received Premium Development Funding

Posted Tuesday 06 Jul 2021

WIFTers who received Premium Development Funding

We were thrilled to see that screen projects lead by WIFT NZ members were among those who received development funding in the first round of Ara ki Te Puna Kairangi – The Premium Development Fund.

These successful projects are helmed by WIFT NZ members:

Series drama

Creamerie (Season 2) - Creamerie Ltd 

Georgina – First Lady  - Filthy Productions Ltd

Home Soil - Ūkaipō  - Wheke Group

Jupiter Park - Piki Films Limited

Rūrangi (Season 2) - Autonomouse Limited 

The Ark - POP Film Ltd

Year of The Fox - Awa Films Ltd

Feature film

Upham - Warrior Films Ltd

Animated series

What Will I Be Today? - POW Studios Limited

Documentary feature

Poison - The Gibson Group Ltd

Documentary series

Mau - Tikilounge Productions / Bsag Productions / Sweetshop & Green / Sunpix Ltd    

The 19 successful projects have been offered a total of $1.5 million of development funding and include two feature films, 11 drama series, two documentary, and four animation projects. 

The overall purpose of the Premium Fund, (which includes development and production funding), is ‘to support high quality productions that tell New Zealand stories for global audiences’ and that is underpinned by five key objectives that speak to economic benefit, employment, cultural benefit, speed to market and developing skills and capability.

Decisions for development investment were made by the Chief Executives of Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga New Zealand Film Commission, Te Māngai Pāho and Irirangi Te Motu NZ on Air, as delegated by the Te Puna Kairangi panel. 

A further $500,000 is available in the second round of Ara ki Te Puna Kairangi – Premium Development fund, which will open on 23 August  with an application deadline of 14 September 2021.  Development round 2 guidelines are available on the NZFC website here.