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New Zealand and Israel have signed a co-production treaty which will allow film makers to access funding and incentives in both countries.

The treaty was signed in Wellington, New Zealand by New Zealand’s Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Hon. Maggie Barry and Israeli Ambassador, H.E. Yosef Livne. It covers film, TV animation and digital productions and is New Zealand’s 16th bilateral treaty in the sector.

“(The treaty will) see the opening of a new door, through which the world-renowned talent and successful film industry of New Zealand and the effervescent film industry in Israel will begin a joint march,” said Livne.

The treaty signing follows on from the Israel-Germany-New Zealand official co-production “Atomic Falafel,” which was written and directed by Israel’s Dror Shaul. Matthew Metcalfe served as New Zealand producer, leading a New Zealand team in key production and post-production roles.

The film pre-empted the new treaty and used existing Israel-Germany and Germany-New Zealand co-production agreements. As a qualifying official feature film co-production, it received New Zealand Film Commission production investment and New Zealand Screen Production Grant (NZSPG) support.

“The NZFC works closely with our sister agency, the Israel Film Fund to strengthen ties and foster new collaborations,” said NZFC CEO, Dave Gibson.

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