Million-dollar regional screen production grant

by Press Release: Christchurch NZ

Million-dollar regional screen production grant the first of its kind

The Screen CanterburyNZ Production Grant is set to kick Canterbury’s screen sector into high gear as global demand for screen content is at an all-time high.

The grant is the first of its kind in New Zealand, and will provide just under $1.5 million over the next three years to eligible productions that choose to film in the region.

Screen CanterburyNZ is part of ChristchurchNZ, the city’s economic development agency. Screen CanterburyNZ’s Manager Bree Loverich is confident the grant will prove successful at increasing the frequency of production in the region and in creating and sustaining screen jobs.

The initiative is a key priority of the industry led Waitaha Canterbury Screen Sector Action Plan, co-created with local and international industry stakeholders.

“Global screen production is at an all-time high and forecast to continue. It makes sense to launch this grant now to encourage production here in Waitaha Canterbury, which also supports the growth of our national industry,” Loverich said.

The screen industry is an economic powerhouse with a high level of benefit across various local industries. Nearly 60% of a feature film budget typically goes back into services such as building, transportation and accommodation.

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