This is quite old news, but I'll repeat it in case someone missed it.
For a long time Creative NZ have funded moving image work though a
special pool, known lately as the Independent Filmmakers Fund. The
strange thing about this fund is that some of the money has always come
from the Film Commission, who have twisted its terms toward dull and
expensive narrative films.
Now the Film Commission think they have better ways of engendering
drivel, and they have pulled out. So the fund is smaller. But CNZ have
gone through the terms and crossed out every word that the Film
Commission ever made them put in. So it is better. You *have* to make
experimental work. *All* the money is for people like you.
It won't last, though: next year they'll roll it into the general Arts
Board fund (I'm reading between lines here), and moving image will be
demoted, in their terms, from "artform" to just another medium. That is
probably due anyway.
Below is their version.
February 2, 2010
News about changes to the Independent Filmmakers Fund
Creative New Zealand and the New Zealand Film Commission are writing to
you with news concerning the future of the Independent Filmmakers Fund
The New Zealand Film Commission has informed Creative New Zealand that
they are withdrawing as a partner in the Independent Filmmakers Fund.
This decision comes as a result of economic pressure and their need to
focus their investment in long and short form narrative films, including
the recently announced low budget initiatives.
Creative New Zealand will continue to offer IFF in 2010, independent of
the New Zealand Film Commission, but with a reduced investment and
revised criteria. The main changes relate to eligible genre, which have
been tailored to reflect the change in partnership. Narrative short film
and feature film projects will no longer be eligible for the IFF as
these will be supported separately by the New Zealand Film Commission.
Please find a link below to 2010 application criteria and guidelines.
The New Zealand Film Commission has greatly valued its long relationship
with Creative New Zealand, and the filmmakers that both organisations
have collectively been able to support. The partnership began in 1984
and continued for 25 years. It was initially set up as the Creative Film
and Video Fund and in 1996 became known as the Screen Innovation
Production Fund and more recently the Independent Filmmakers Fund.
Creative New Zealand entered into the partnership to support artists in
creating excellent, innovative and distinctive work and will develop
alternative options for supporting this artform post 2010.
The closing date for the 2010 IFF round is *5pm Friday 4 June*. For more
information about the changes to the fund or the 2010 application
guidelines please go to the Independent Filmmakers Fund webpage on the
Creative New Zealand website here
To contact the Creative New Zealand Programme Adviser for this fund,
Emma Ward, please email her
<mailto:email@example.com?subject=Changes%20to%20IFF> or call
her on 09 365 1416.