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.

In this section

Review of Government investment in the screen sector

Public consultation has opened on proposals for change to the New Zealand Screen Production Grant as part of the review of government investment in the screen sector.

Summary document: Increasing value from government investment in the New Zealand Screen Production Grant

This document summarises key information from the public consultation document ‘Increasing value from government investment in the New Zealand Screen Production Grant’, published by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage (MCH).

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.

Economic trends in the screen sector

Comprehensive economic data on the screen sector builds and strengthens our understanding of the economic contribution of the sector to New Zealand, and plays a valuable role informing policymakers and the sector.

Information about the New Zealand Screen Sector

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

Last updated: 20 December 2021