Feature Film Production Investment
At the March 2023 Board Meeting the NZFC Board approved conditional offers of funding totalling over $2.8M to two new feature films.
Moss & Freud (Feature Drama)
Logline: Over a period of nine months, supermodel Kate Moss sits for a portrait by acclaimed artist, Lucian Freud, who are both transformed by the challenging experience of discovery.
Producer: Matthew Metcalfe
Co-producer: Tom Blackwell
Associate Producer: Lesley Hansen
Executive Producers: Kate Moss, Mark Gooder, and Alison Thompson
Writer/Director: James Lucas
Tinā (Feature Drama)
Logline: In the wake of the Christchurch earthquake, sassy Samoan mother Mareta mentors her newly formed children's choir to The Big Sing final.
Producers: Daniel Higgins, Mario Gaoa and Miki Magasiva
Executive Producer: Jamie Hilton
Writer/Director: Miki Magasiva
Extended Screen Production Recovery Fund
The NZFC has approved four applications to the Fund totalling $30,399:
Producers: Orlando Stewart and Johnny Lyon
Writer/Director: Lucy Suess
Producers: Joseph McAlpine
Director: Nick Mayow and Prisca Bouchet
Writer: Nick Mayow
The Rat King
Producer: Amanda Jane Robinson
Writer/Director: Hash Perambalam
Producer: Alex Lovell and Eldon Booth
Writer/Director: Marina Alofagia McCartney
Premium Contingency Fund
The COVID-19 Subcommittee approved conditional equity to one application:
Creamerie Season 2 (Series Drama)
Producer: Bronwynn Bakker
Executive Producers: Tony Ayres, Matt Vitins, Helen Panckhurst
Director: Roseanne Liang
Lead Writers: Roseanne Liang, Dan Musgrove
Feature Film Finishing Grant
Two applications to the Feature Film Finishing Grant have been approved:
Logline: On the verge of a nervous breakdown, a hiker becomes convinced someone, or something, is stalking him deep in the New Zealand bush.
NZ Producer: Jonathan Potton
NZ Writer: Tom Sainsbury
Frances Hodgkins: Anything but a Still Life
Logline: Frances Hodgkins defies conventions, leaves New Zealand, and embraces modernity in early 20th century Europe, showcasing her indomitable spirit through her unique art, making her a role model for women of all times.
Producer/Director/Writer: Blandine Massiet du Biest
Early Development & Documentary Development Funding
Early Development and Documentary Development Funding decisions were made in March 2023. Seven applications were approved funding, totalling over $143,600.
Key Creative Team: Amanda Jane Robinson, Tom Augustine
Key Creative Team: Carthew Neal, Maddie Dai, Jackie van Beek, Madeleine Sami
Ajax (Ajax The Kea Dog)
Key Creative Team: Fergus Grady, Nick Ward
Memory / Longing
Key Creative Team: Alex Lee, Kim Webby, Lynda Chanwai Earle
Key Creative Team: Dame Gaylene Preston, Susana Lei’ataua
Iggy In Love
Key Creative Team: Alex Lee, Mark Johnson, Amanda Handy, Thomas Burstyn
On Dry Land
Key Creative Team: Orlando Stewart, Kathleen Mantel
International Co-Development Fund
Three applications to the International Co-Development Fund have been approved:
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.
NZ Producer: Matt Noonan | Production Company: Curious Film
Therapy for Adults & Aunties
Logline: When her nine - year old niece delivers game-changing advice, an ambitious career woman reinvents herself as her niece as therapist.
NZ Producer: Georgina Conder | Production Company: Miss Conception Films
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.
NZ Producer: Sharlene George | Production Company: Sweetshop & Green
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.
Logline: While on a road trip, Māori elder Hamo and delinquent teen Jo, forge an unlikely friendship that bridges, generations, culture and mortality.
Producer/s: Julian Arahanga, Verity Mackintosh, Desray Armstrong
Writer/Director: Kath Akuhata-Brown