Copyright © 2019 NZWG (New Zealand Writers Guild)

2019 Dates

Round One - CLOSED

Opens Friday 8 February 2019

Closes Friday 5 April 2019 (midday)

Seed/Seed Advanced recipients announced Friday 31 May 2019 (5pm)

Round Two - CLOSED

Opens Friday 12 July 2019

Closes Friday 6 September 2019 (midday)

Seed/Seed Advanced recipients announced Friday 8 November 2019 (5pm)

Guidelines & How to Apply 

Seed Guide*

Seed Advanced Guide*

 

* click to download guide

  • Check which grant you are eligible for in the Guide(s) – Seed OR Seed Advanced.

  • Remove your name(s) & identifying details from the Assessment Materials.

  • Ensure the Script Sample is for the same project as in the application.

  • The writer is the rights holder. Whether the work is original, an adaptation, or based on other source material the writer must hold and maintain the rights in the work when entering and while they are a current recipient of a grant.

  • You can only apply to one fund per round – either Seed or Seed Advanced.

  • You can apply with more than one application per round.

  • You can apply a maximum of three times with the same project.

Seed & Seed Advanced Application Materials

Seed (remove all writers identifying details)

  • Logline, Synopsis, Potential Audience

  • 5 Page Treatment in PDF format

  • 10 Page Script in PDF format (from the same feature as in the application) - or 11 pages if a cover sheet (with identifying details removed) is included.

Seed Advanced (remove all writers identifying details)

  • Logline, Synopsis, Potential Audience

  • 5-10 Page Treatment in PDF format

  • 10 Page Script in PDF format (from the same feature as in the application) - or 11 pages if a cover sheet (with identifying details removed) is included.

About Seed & Seed Advanced

To give the New Zealand screen industry its best chance of success we need strong and new ideas. We need stories that resonate. NZWG believes that our primary storytellers need to be unleashed and offered diverse pathways for developing these stories. Allowing writers space to find their voices will see new and fresh perspectives emerge to enrich the industry and the country.

The goal of these New Zealand Film Commission funded grants is to create an opportunity for writers to create the feature film scripts they believe in. Seed and Seed Advanced provides unencumbered development funding specifically for writers only. 

​Seed Advanced acknowledges experienced writers by offering a higher grant level and flexibility around development costs.

 

The NZWG Seed grants allow writers to be innovative, brilliant, and to create something they own, just as they see it. A producer is not required to access the grant. The writer must be the rights holder in the work. Whether the work is original or an adaptation, the writer must hold and maintain the rights in the work when entering and while they are a current recipient of a grant

Seed

NZWG Seed Grants are offered over two rounds with a total of eight grants of $10,000 (+ any applicable GST) per year for the development of a first draft of a feature film script. Seed is open to emerging writers who haven’t yet written and had produced a feature film. Included in each grant is $2,500 (+ any applicable GST) to put toward script consultation.

Seed Advanced

NZWG Seed Advanced Grants are offered over two rounds with a total of four grants of $12,500 (+ any applicable GST) per year for the development of feature film scripts. Seed Advanced is open to established writers who have more than 90 minutes of scripted broadcast credits. Included in each grant is $2,500 (+ any applicable GST) for further development of the feature film script. This can include (but is not limited to) workshops, table reads, research and multiple script consultants.

 

Applicants can only apply to one fund per round – either Seed or Seed Advanced. One or more applications may be submitted per round. Further information on eligibility and how to apply can be found in the GUIDELINES.

With thanks to the

New Zealand Film Commission

for their support. 

Previous Recipients of
NZWG Seed Grant Funding

2019 ROUND 1

Martha Hardy-Ward - Roaring Meg

Hweiling Ow & Mia Maramara - Grated 

Gavin McGibbon - Old Hand

Pennie Hunt - Riding Blind

2018 ROUND 2

Madeleine Sheahan - Seven Stars

Sima Urale - Solo

Jeremiah Tauamiti - Garden City Nights

Mika Haka - Carmen

2018 ROUND 1
Josephine Stewart - Ace
Rachel O'Neill - Underground Fires
Diane Young - Mr Wellington
Steve Barr & Daryl Belbin - The Geometry of Souls
 

2017 ROUND 2
Peter Force - Introduced Species
Alex Sutherland - Jump
David Hay - South West
Tanya Moir - Star-Crossed

 

2017 ROUND 1
Rochelle Bright - The Owl and the Bellbird
René Le Bas - Kindred Spirit
Stephanie Matuku - How Tui and Kae Found their Mother
Danny Mulheron & Nua Finau - Dox

 

2016 ROUND 3
Will Agnew - Abraxas
Steven Baker - The Graveyard Shift
Ciarin Smith & David Butler - Tama
Tim Van Dammen - One Man's Peace

 

2016 ROUND 2
Nathalie Boltt - Holy Days
Dean Hewison & Richard Faulkner - Tough Crowd
Paul Simei-Barton - Til My Heart Stops

 

2016 ROUND 1
Shoshana Sachidhanandam - The Black Dog
Fiona Jackson & Daniel Fleming - Rememberance
Stephen Kang - Luna

 

2015 ROUND 3
Joe Lonie - Flagfall
Anna Francino & Siobhan Marshall - Bara

 

2015 ROUND 2
Jonothan Cullinane - I See Red
Ross Hastings - Harrodsville
Jason Lei Howden - Deathgasm 2

 

2015 ROUND 1
Steve Barr & Casey Whelan - Passage
Daryl Belbin - The Watchmaker
Charlie Bleakley - Untitled Sci-Fi Comedy
Cushla Dillon - The Great Destroyer

2014 ROUND 3 

Max Currie - Life In Subtitles

Warren Friend - Apartment

Jeremy Wadzinski - The Last Surrender

 

2014 ROUND 2 

Juliet Burgh - Hannah's Birthday

Arthur Meek - Junk

Aidee Walker - Postie

Miriam Smith - I Put a Spell On You

2014 ROUND 1

Andrew James - From Te Anu to the Moon

Dianne Taylor - Tender Age

Jackie van Beek and Madeleine Sami - The Breaker Upperers

Previous Recipients of
NZWG Seed Advanced Grant Funding

2019 ROUND 1

Sophie Henderson - Murder Club

Thomas Augustine - Arsonist

2018 ROUND 2

Christopher Dudman - We Will Not Cease
Justin Harwood - The Letter

2018 ROUND 1

Steven Page - Rack
Kathryn Burnett - Bad Aunty

2017 ROUND 2
Fiona Samuel - A Handful of Days
Patrick Gillies - Mad Cows

2017 ROUND 1
Stuart Hoar - Beatrice
Dane Giraud - Unnatural