Special NZOA scripted round to open end of June

Posted Monday 08 May 2023

Special NZOA scripted round to open end of June

New Zealand On Air has announced a Special Scripted round due to open 29 June, with a deadline of 4.00pm 20 July and decisions notified 22 September.

The timing of this round has been deliberate to take into account an expected decision from government about eligibility of domestic productions to apply for the NZ Screen Production Grant alongside NZ On Air funding.

Meanwhile NZ On Air’s first funding round of the new financial year, Round Tahi, has just closed with a huge number of applications and combined total funding ask. This round is for Targeted and General audiences, and the annual (closed) funding round for Platforms.

In Round Tahi there was a total of 165 applications seeking over $82 million, NZOA said. Last year at this time there were 156 applications seeking $66m.

Of those 165 applications in Round Tahi, 89 are for Non-Fiction, seeking over $36m and 39 are for Scripted, seeking $22.5m. In this round we have earmarked $13m for Non-Fiction projects, $7m for Scripted projects.

NZOA also received 25 Platform funding applications and 12 Industry Development Fund applications.

Funding decisions will be notified as below:

Children's round - 1 June. Round Tahi - 7 July.