New Zealand signs co-production treaty with China
A New Zealand - China television co production agreement had its official signing ceremony on Thursday (20 November), building on the pre-existing agreement between the two countries from 2010.
The official agreement was signed in Wellington, New Zealand, which coincided with the announcement from the New Zealand Film Commission that a new $785,000 film finance pot named the China Co-Production Production Fund had been established, which will aim to provide financing for one or more feature film co-productions with China. From the previous agreement in 2010, no co-productions between the two countries were commissioned.
The co-production status will enable filmmakers to acquire mass amounts of funding and give them access to incentive-laden programmes in each country, and also means in both countries the production in question will be deemed a national project.
With the goal of beginning a healthy track record of co-productions between the two nations, a strong delegation of New Zealand based producers will travel to Guangdong, Shanghai and Beijing at the end of November. Factual producers Natural History New Zealand are one of the companies set to be part of the group.