You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

New Zealand, Home to Multiple Big Franchises, Sweetens the Deal With 25% Cash Grant

New Zealand’s huge footprint in the international film business is way out of proportion to the small size of the island nation, which has served both as a location and effects resource for such gigantic franchises as “Lord of the Rings,” “The Hobbit,” “Planet of the Apes” and “Avatar.” Spectacular scenery and vfx expertise are bolstered by a 25% cash grant program.

Wellington, New Zealand’s capital, is home to master film impresario Peter Jackson, who has powered multiple box office powerhouses to fruition. It’s also the adopted home of James Cameron, who’s now prepping the next three installments of the “Avatar” franchise.

Specifically, New Zealand offers a 20% cash grant on qualified spend for international productions. A 5% uplift is available to projects offering significant economic benefits to New Zealand.

For feature films, the minimum spend required to qualify is 15 million New Zealand dollars, or $10.5 million in U.S. currency.  For TV projects, the minimum spend required to qualify is 4 million New Zealand dollars, or about $2.8 million in U.S. currency.

New Zealand also provides a 20% cash grant on qualified spend for post, digital, and visual effects.

Recent productions shot in New Zealand include:  “M:I 6 – Mission Impossible: (2018), “Murder on the Orient Express” (2017), “Alien: Covenant” (2017), “The Shannara Chronicles” (TV Series 2016 – ), “Pete’s Dragon” (2016), “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny” (2016), “Krampus” (2015) and “The Hobbit (2012-14).

Information courtesy of EP Financial Solutions, a production incentive consulting and financial services company.

Incenitves
20% Cash grant on qualified spend for international productions
$10.5m Minimum spend for film
$2.8m Minimum spend for television
Information courtesy of EP Financial Solutions, a production incentive consulting and financial services company.

More Artisans

  • Lady Dynamite

    In Minnesota, Unique Landscapes and High Incentives Lure Production

    New Zealand’s huge footprint in the international film business is way out of proportion to the small size of the island nation, which has served both as a location and effects resource for such gigantic franchises as “Lord of the Rings,” “The Hobbit,” “Planet of the Apes” and “Avatar.” Spectacular scenery and vfx expertise are […]

  • Costume Designer on 'SuperFly' Remake's Fashions

    'SuperFly' Costume Designer Antoinette Messam Balances Fantasy, Reality

    New Zealand’s huge footprint in the international film business is way out of proportion to the small size of the island nation, which has served both as a location and effects resource for such gigantic franchises as “Lord of the Rings,” “The Hobbit,” “Planet of the Apes” and “Avatar.” Spectacular scenery and vfx expertise are […]

  • Composer Michael Giacchino and Director Brad

    Michael Giacchino Scores With Summer Blockbusters 'Incredibles 2,' 'Jurassic World' Sequel

    New Zealand’s huge footprint in the international film business is way out of proportion to the small size of the island nation, which has served both as a location and effects resource for such gigantic franchises as “Lord of the Rings,” “The Hobbit,” “Planet of the Apes” and “Avatar.” Spectacular scenery and vfx expertise are […]

  • Big Brother

    Reality Show Casting Joins Social-Media Age but Human Judgment's Still Key

    New Zealand’s huge footprint in the international film business is way out of proportion to the small size of the island nation, which has served both as a location and effects resource for such gigantic franchises as “Lord of the Rings,” “The Hobbit,” “Planet of the Apes” and “Avatar.” Spectacular scenery and vfx expertise are […]

  • Kees Van Oostrum American Society of

    Kees van Oostrum Re-Elected President of American Society of Cinematographers

    New Zealand’s huge footprint in the international film business is way out of proportion to the small size of the island nation, which has served both as a location and effects resource for such gigantic franchises as “Lord of the Rings,” “The Hobbit,” “Planet of the Apes” and “Avatar.” Spectacular scenery and vfx expertise are […]

  • murder on the Orient Express

    Cash Rebate Turns Island Nation of Malta Into Major Filming Destination

    New Zealand’s huge footprint in the international film business is way out of proportion to the small size of the island nation, which has served both as a location and effects resource for such gigantic franchises as “Lord of the Rings,” “The Hobbit,” “Planet of the Apes” and “Avatar.” Spectacular scenery and vfx expertise are […]

  • Oceans 8 Fashion

    How 'Ocean's 8's' Costume Designer Crafted Unique Looks for Each Character

    New Zealand’s huge footprint in the international film business is way out of proportion to the small size of the island nation, which has served both as a location and effects resource for such gigantic franchises as “Lord of the Rings,” “The Hobbit,” “Planet of the Apes” and “Avatar.” Spectacular scenery and vfx expertise are […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content