Feature Film Funding Between National and International Priorities: How Does New Zealand Bridge the Gap?

  • Natàlia Ferrer-Roca
Part of the Media Business and Innovation book series (MEDIA)


This chapter explores the current public subsidy schemes available for both domestic and international feature films in New Zealand (NZ). It applies an institutional political economy perspective to explain the priorities, rationales and motives of relevant ministries and agencies in New Zealand to support certain parts of the public funding scheme for feature film-making. I analyse the public funding schemes for domestic feature films offered by the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) and the ministerial funding schemes. I evaluate the economic argumentation used by the NZ government and some ministries to support public funding schemes for international productions. Research findings indicate that New Zealand’s film industry and institutions are affected by the particular priorities of changing governments. Importantly, I discuss how public spending and priorities shape the financial fitness of the New Zealand feature film industry and the kinds of benefits and unfavourable consequences that international productions can bring for such a small host country.


Feature film industry Funding structures and processes Subsidy effects Public governance theory Institutional political economy New Zealand Film subsidies Feature film-making 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Victoria University of WellingtonWellingtonNew Zealand

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