Still time to apply for Seed and Seed Advanced Funding Round 2

Posted Wednesday 01 Sep 2021

Still time to apply for Seed and Seed Advanced Funding Round 2
Ding ding! Funding Round 2 of Seed & Seed Advanced 2021 is now open. Our friends at the New Zealand Writers Guild have let us know that there are two additional Seed grants to administer in this round - thanks to the NZFC!
The NZWG also says that women are applying to the Seed grants in equal numbers as men, which is fabulous, although there has been a decrease in females applying to the Seed Advanced grants.
"A shining light is that we have seen an increase in gender diverse folk applying. WHOOP! Again, this round we will have a leading international, experienced and gender diverse script assessor as one of the judges."

New Zealand Writers Guild - Puni Taatuhi o Aotearoa (NZWG) and NZ Film Commission (NZFC) are excited to announce the continuation of the Seed and Seed Advanced grants pathways in 2021, with Round 2 now open.
And, we are even more excited to announce that an additional two grants have been added to Round 2 of the Seed Grant fund. Seed now has six funds available, previous rounds of Seed only had four grants available.

That's two additional opportunities for screenwriters to receive a grant in this coveted screenwriter-only fund. There are still two Seed Advanced grants available.

The NZWG Seed grants allow writers to be innovative, brilliant, and to create something they own. The writer is the rights holder, and not working with a producer in early development.

The Seed Advanced pathway is aimed at reducing competition in the Seed pathway, by separating emerging writers from more experienced writers. The Seed Advanced grants also acknowledge experienced writers by offering a higher grant level and flexibility around development costs.

All grant applications are assessed through a blind-read process and marked on the following criteria:
  • Idea – is it compelling/engaging? Does it have an audience?
  • Craft – is the writer able to execute the screenplay on a high enough level to deliver on the promise of the idea?
  • Voice – is the writer’s voice original and clear?
All applications require the following material:
  • Logline
  • Short synopsis
  • Potential audience
  • Treatment - 5 pages
  • Screenplay sample - 10 pages
  • Seed: 6 Grants of $10,000 - includes $2,500 for script consultation
  • Seed Advanced: 2 Grants of $12,500 - includes $2,500 for script development
OPEN for ENTRIES: 1 September 2021
DEADLINE: 15 October 2021 – 12 noon

Click on the link below to apply, read the terms and conditions and eligibility criteria.