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New Zealand and Israel sign co-production deal

New Zealand and Israel have signed a new co-production deal that will enable eligible shoots to qualify for financial support as national projects in each country.

Officials signed the agreement in Wellington at the offices of the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC). 

The deal is intended to help producers from New Zealand and Israel build on the success of comedy feature Atomic Falafel (pictured), which was made as a co-production between Israel, Germany and New Zealand, and was a big hit in Israel last year. Atomic Falafel was produced by New Zealander Matthew Metcalfe.

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

“We were delighted that Matthew met his Israeli co-producer at a networking event we co-hosted in Cannes in 2013, which led to the production of Atomic Falafel between the three countries. Israeli and New Zealand audiences also share a strong appetite for each other’s stories: Israeli films screen regularly in festivals here.”

New Zealand has 16 co-production deals with countries around the world. The New Zealand Screen Production Grant is the country’s main source of production support, offering a base cash rebate of 20% on qualifying New Zealand expenditure. This can rise to 25% for larger shoots like James Cameron’s Avatar sequels.  

For more on filming in New Zealand see our production guide.

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