Screen CanterburyNZ and ChristchurchNZ would like to extend congratulations to three recipients of the Screen CanterburyNZ Production Grant.
From the numerous enquiries received, six applications were short-listed for assessment by an independent panel of industry and mana whenua representatives.
Petrina D’Rozario, Screen CanterburyNZ manager, said it was “a very competitive round of high-quality projects competing for limited funding”.
Petrina D’Rozario - Screen CanterburyNZ Manager
We would like to thank the panel on the outstanding due diligence done for every project to ensure criteria was met and working with us to distribute the grant across the three projects,”
“We would like to thank the panel on the outstanding due diligence done for every project to ensure criteria was met and working with us to distribute the grant across the three projects,” D’Rozario said.
The selected projects will provide significant economic impact and support growth of the screen industry in Ōtautahi Christchurch, Waitaha Canterbury, and Tai Poutini West Coast. The measurable economic benefits arising from the three productions include an estimated 129 crew jobs, 168 shoot days and significant local spend on related services. The productions will also provide upskilling opportunities for local crew and increased use of local screen facilities.
The productions awarded funding will contribute towards a number of ChristchurchNZ’s goals, including job creation, increased GDP impact and improving perceptions of Christchurch among key audiences.
Grant funding is awarded based on productions meeting specified criteria, including that other funding sources have been secured and funding arrangements have been agreed with ChristchurchNZ.
List of the projects awarded in this grant round:
Dark City – The Cleaner – Drama Series
Producers John Barnett and Chloe Smith are thrilled to acknowledge the support of Screen CanterburyNZ in the production of their upcoming TV series shooting in Christchurch later in the year. Dark City -The Cleaner is a 6x1 hour series based on Christchurch writer Paul Cleave’s work.
Te Motu - Feature Film
Produced by Morgan Waru and Carthew Neal of Piki Films, directed by Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu, written by Maddie Dai and Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu.
After sudden relocation to a tiny Island, three misbehaving friends in a 1950’s Christian reform school for girls rail against the institution to avoid assimilation into an increasingly sinister system.
Mt Hutt – Documentary Series
Mt Hutt Rescue is an 8 x 60-minute returnable precinct-based series. Fredbird Entertainment is thrilled to receive the support of Screen CanterburyNZ to bring the stories of the Canterbury ski fields and the men and women of the mountain patrol teams to life. The program will be produced by Brad Cone, Craig Graham and Amanda Jenkins. Unprecedented access to Mt Hutt Ski Resort and its staff will ensure viewers are in for an exciting ride.
Find out more about the Screen CanterburyNZ Production Grant.