Screen sector

We support the continuing success of New Zealand as a destination for screen activity, including film, television, digital effects and post-production work.

New Zealand is widely regarded as one of the world's premier locations for screen production and post-production work.

Some of the most successful feature films made in recent years were filmed here, such as The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Avatar and Mission Impossible 6. Each year we are seeing growth in international production activity in New Zealand.

New Zealand screen businesses are highly competitive internationally and globally recognised for their innovation and skill.

Our on-screen and off-screen talent, our production facilities, and our unique landscapes continue to make an important contribution to the screen sector and the wider New Zealand economy.

Tom Cruise in action in the South Island of New Zealand for the filming of Mission: Impossible - Fallout. Image courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

Tom Cruise in action in the South Island of New Zealand for the filming of Mission: Impossible - Fallout.

Image courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

Accelerating the contribution of the screen sector to New Zealand

The screen sector is a strong and vibrant part of the New Zealand economy. Successive governments have invested in the sector to help deliver economic and cultural benefits for New Zealanders. In the wake of COVID-19, the government is working to ensure that the sector continues to thrive and deliver high-value jobs for New Zealanders.

The need to invest in infrastructure, and foster talent, was identified by the sector, including under the Aotearoa Screen Sector Strategy 2030. The government is interested in exploring a range of potential options to support an increase in studio space, and to support long-term workforce development programs that will benefit New Zealanders.

The government is currently considering options to continue to support the long-term success of the screen sector. This work will be informed by deep engagement with the New Zealand sector to understand needs and aspirations and plans for future growth. This includes potential opportunities to partner with international studios, and domestic entrepreneurs and investors to create value, deliver sustainable jobs, tell New Zealand stories, and support our economic recovery.

This work is in its initial stages. Officials will continue to engage across the sector, to help ensure that the approach taken by government facilitates growth and helps realise the ambition of the 2030 strategy. 

In this section

The benefits of the New Zealand screen industry

The New Zealand screen industry brings a range of direct and indirect economic benefits to the sector and New Zealand's wider economy.

New Zealand Screen Production Grant

The New Zealand Screen Production Grant is a government initiative to grow the sustainability and economic benefits of our screen sector in a dynamic global environment.

Information about the New Zealand Screen Sector

This page has information resources about the New Zealand screen sector.

Last updated: 22 September 2020