The New Zealand Film Commission has released its Statement of Intent for 2011- 2013 outlining plans to continue its focus of getting New Zealand films made to be seen and by both local and international audiences.
The priorities for the near future will see the Commission adopt an integrated approach to meeting cultural requirements while helping build the film economy; find more innovative and cost effective ways of delivering within existing and declining funding; encourage private sector funding; and implement recommendations from the David Court and Sir Peter Jackson review of the Film Commission.
The Commission’s projected income for 2011/2012 is down almost 15% on the 2010/2011 year, and based on current projections there will be minimal reserves available to bolster funding by 2013/2014. That could likely lead to a reduction in the number of feature films which the Commission can support and means the need for value for money is more important than ever.
Since its inception, the Film Commission has invested more than $200 million in 148 New Zealand made feature films and has fully funded almost 300 short films.
The Commission has an extensive support programme for film-makers covering everything from low budget short films, script and production development, and sales and marketing services for feature films of all budgets. It also runs the Escalator scheme for first feature film-makers, while administering the Screen Production Investment Fund and Large Budget Screen Production Grant at the other end of the scale. These initiatives allow the Commission to help film makers make their first film, support them for subsequent films and ensure those who are successful continue to make their films right here in New Zealand.
For more information the Statement of Intent can be read at www.nzfilm.co.nz