Funding, funding, so much funding!

Posted Thursday 23 Mar 2023

Funding, funding, so much funding!

A round of applause to all those whose recent funding applications to the NZFC were successful. We've listed you and your projects below:

Feature Film Finishing Grant:

Tom Sainsbury is the NZ writer for Loop Track, a drama about a hiker on the verge of a nervous breakdown who becomes convinced someone, or something, is stalking him deep in the New Zealand bush.

Early Development and Documentary Development Funding

Seven applications were approved for funding, totalling over $143,600.
The funded dramas with WIFT NZ members attached are:
Sea Hags Key Creative Team: Jackie van Beek, Carthew Neal, Maddie Dai, Madeleine Sami
Memory / Longing Key Creative Team: Alex Lee, Kim Webby, Lynda Chanwai Earle

The funded documentaries with WIFT NZ members attached are:
Grace Key Creative Team: Dame Gaylene Preston, Susana Lei’ataua
On Dry Land Key Creative Team: Orlando Stewart, Kathleen Mantel

International Co-Development Funding
WIFT members are involved in all three funded projects.

The Televangelist (feature film)
NZ Producer: Matt Noonan | Production Company: Curious Film
Logline: When a bombastic televangelist is convinced a rival is behind his dwindling followers, Hendrick Powell goes to extreme lengths to reclaim his place as number one televangelist in town.

Therapy for Adults & Aunties (feature film)
NZ Producer: Georgina Conder | Production Company: Miss Conception Films
Logline: When her nine-year old niece delivers game-changing advice, an ambitious career woman reinvents herself as her niece as therapist.

Mere Moko (series drama)
NZ Producer: Sharlene George | Production Company: Sweetshop & Green
Logline: Inspired by true events, Mere Moko is a six-part drama series about a young Irish woman on the run and the Māori chieftainess who risked all to save her.

He Pounamu Te Reo Māori Feature Film Initiative

An annual fund for the production of dramatic feature films in te reo Māori. This fund aims to increase the number of films produced in te reo Māori and create a culturally appropriate production financing pathway for these films. This year funding goes to Producers Desray Armstrong, Verity Mackintosh and Julian Arahanga for KŌKĀ.
Logline: While on a road trip, Māori elder Hamo and delinquent teen Jo, forge an unlikely friendship that bridges, generations, culture and mortality.

Click here to see the full funding announcement