May 23, 2020

Taking the Pulse of Auckland Sreen Sector (virtual discussion)

Enjoy this highly relevant conversation, moderated by Carol Hirschfeld, with a range of perspectives.

The forum reflects on the tremendous growth spurt Auckland is experiencing and how the sector has responded to the COVID-19 shock so far. It highlights a cohesive, collective awareness on key directions, and brings a focus on what we need to do now for a sustainable and thriving Auckland screen sector.

Annie Dodman, Line Producer
Felicity Letcher, Chair of the Screen COVID-19 Action Group
Jasmine Millet, Manager of Screen Auckland
Kelly Lucas, Executive Officer of the Screen Guild Aotearoa
Malcolm Lawry, Head of Investment, Development ATEED
Ngaire Fuata, Director of SunPix Ltd. 
Sam Ramlu, Managing Director, Method Digital

May 08, 2020

New requirements for film permits under COVID-19

As New Zealand adapts to alert levels in response to COVID 19, Screen Auckland is in advanced planning for the industry’s return to screen production work. 

In conjunction with national authorities including WorkSafe and ScreenSafe, they are focusing on how safety on set can be assured and once that is clear, how we can expedite permits for film shoots in the weeks ahead.

Screen Auckland is working remotely, and will consider and facilitate the approval of permits to film in Auckland Council public places throughout Alert Levels 3, 2, and 1.

But there are some new permit requirements under all alert levels in response to COVID-19.

Click here to read through the details

April 29, 2020

ScreenSafe Health and Safety COVID-19 Standards and Protocols

WorkSafe is liaising with ScreenSafe to develop the base Standards and the full Protocol guide for the Screen Sector. These will be endorsed by WorkSafe and will represent minimum expectations. It is important in order to eliminate Covid19 that all productions or workplaces in the wider screen sector align with these.

Each production is required to have a Covid19 site-specific plan. If you intend to go ahead with production under Alert Level 3, it is advised you submit your Covid19 specific protocols, health and safety plans, and site-specific plan to WorkSafe for auditing. 

Email: Melanie Dale 

Attached is the Standard and Alert Levels awaiting endorsement from WorkSafe and further updates will be provided as we receive them.

COVID-19 Standard for New Zealand Screen Sector Operations

ScreenSafe COVID-19 Protocols

April 02, 2020

Business Finance Guarantee – applications open

Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under the scheme, businesses with annual revenue between $250,000 and $80 million can apply to their banks for loans up to $500,000, for up to three years. The scheme will offer a total of $6.25 billion in loans to New Zealand businesses.

Read the full details here.

March 23, 2020

NZ Screen Industry Announces COVID-19 Pan-Sector Response


In response to the immediate impact of COVID-19 on the New Zealand screen industry, the sector has today announced the formation of the Screen Sector COVID-19 Action Group and a screen-specific online information hub.

While the indeterminate hiatus of a number of large international line productions has already resulted in job losses, many essential New Zealand productions continue to strive to keep cast and crew safe at work, whilst ensuring their productions remain operational.

Now, more than ever, the screen industry needs to work cohesively for the benefit of the sector at large. While progress continues on theScreen Sector Strategy 2030, the Strategy Facilitation Group has acted quickly to establish the Screen Sector COVID-19 Action Group to address the immediate effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the industry. This pan-sector team comprises many key screen industry guilds and organisations, as well as major stakeholders.  

The website will act as a one-stop hub to assist screen producers and industry workers find screen-specific health and safety resources, wage and earning subsidy assistance and information, key updates on COVID-19 as well as relevant news and updates from screen guilds and industry organisations. 

Currently, the key focus for the wider industry is the health and safety of those working on domestic productions and it is vital that all productions in New Zealand adhere to Government advisories and safety measures. Currently, the key focus for the wider industry is the health and safety of those working on domestic productions and it is vital that all productions in New Zealand adhere to Government advisories and safety measures. ScreenSafe, the industry’s health and safety advocacy group, has added two documents on the website, Covid-19 Health & Safety Policy and Covid-19 Contact Declaration Form*.  These documents are intended to give production companies and heads of departments guidance and forms to manage COVID-19 on a working production.

The local screen industry eco-system right now is very fragile, and the Screen Sector COVID-19 Action Group recognises the importance of keeping domestic productions operational where possible, or ready to gear back up as quickly as possible should an increase in New Zealand’s COVID-19 Alert level necessitate work stoppages.

The other key priority for the Screen Sector COVID-19 Action Group during this initial phase of the COVID-19 crisis is working closely with key stakeholders, including funding bodies and financiers, to explore the various ways in which the domestic screen production industry can be supported in order to continue working safely during these uncertain times.

Beyond this acute response, the Screen Sector COVID-19 Action Group will also be looking at funding mechanisms and networks to facilitate training and development opportunities for affected businesses as well as individual crew members, performers, writers and directors.  

These unprecedented times call for calm and proactive decision-making in order to protect the local screen sector and to ensure that when recovery happens – and it will – the industry is ready to operate at maximum capacity again for our domestic productions and so that international line productions can return as soon as it is viable.

About the Screen Sector COVID-19 Action Group

Established in mid-March 2020 by the Screen Sector Strategy 2030 Facilitation Group, the Screen Sector COVID-19 Action Group is a pan-sector team, made up of representatives from many key industry guilds and organisations, as well as major stakeholders.

While the work of finalising the Screen Sector Strategy 2030 continues, the Screen Sector Facilitation Group felt it was essential to urgently establish a working group to address the immediate effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Screen Sector and to ensure that when recovery happens – and it will – we are all ready to gear back up and get the screen industry in Aotearoa humming again. 

A key finding of the Screen Sector Strategy 2030 is the desire for a pan-sector unified voice and while that pan sector body is some time away still, it is evident that now, more than ever, our industry needs to work cohesively and it is with that in mind that this working group has been formed.

The group’s members and stakeholders are as follows:


Alice Shearman             New Zealand Writers Guild

Brian Finn                     Weta Group

Felicity Letcher              Main Reactor

Grant Baker                  Auckland Screen Alliance / Film Auckland / Images & Sound

Hineani Melbourne        Ngā Aho Whakaari

Kelly Lucas                   Screen Industry Guild of Aotearoa New Zealand

Matthew Metcalfe          General Film Corporation

Patricia Watson              WIFT NZ (Women in Film and Television)

Peter Clews                  NZ Advertising Producers Group

Richard Fletcher            SPADA / Libertine Pictures

Sally Campbell             South Pacific Pictures

Sandy Gildea                SPADA (Screen Production & Development Association)

Sioux Macdonald           Screen Industry Guild of NZ / Filmcrews

Tui Ruwhiu                    Directors & Editors Guild of NZ


Domestic and international screen producers & productions

Government ministries: 

Screen funding bodies: 

Regional economic development agencies: 

Regional Film Offices of New Zealand

March 19, 2020

Screen Safe COVID-19 Coronavirus

ScreenSafe – COVID-19 UPDATE


The impact of Covid-19 has radically changed the New Zealand Screen Industry and the ability for us to work. Health and Safety is now PARAMOUNT. If you have returned from overseas in the last 14 days, if you have been in contact with someone who has returned in the last 14 days, including having those people self-isolating in your house, you need to self-isolate as well. You should NOT go to work or onto set. The eco-system is VERY fragile. We need to keep all the domestic productions that are still in production working and as safe as possible. This is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT.

As the situation changes daily ScreenSafe has created a page here with a list of links to websites that provide up to date information and advisory notices on the disease. Use them to keep yourself up to date with the current situation so you can make informed choices about how you keep yourself safe and healthy.

ScreenSafe has added two documents on the website, Covid-19 H&S Policy and Covid-19 Contact Declaration Form created with thanks by Health & Safety Officer Robert ‘Gibbo’ Gibson and Producer Rebekah ‘Bex’ Kelly. These documents are intended to give Production Companies and HOD guidance and forms to manage Covid-19 on a working production.

Links here:
- Covid-19 H&S Policy
- Covid-19 Contact Declaration Form

The New Zealand Film Commission encourages you to share any feedback, questions or suggestions regarding support for the screen sector at this time. Please email here 

Kind Regards