SEED & SEED ADVANCED Round One, 2018 is open and you’ve got until midday Friday 6 April to get your applications in! Writers, get your drafts ready!

NZWG is accepting online applications only for Seed and Seed Advanced.

Go to for further infodownloadable Guides for both Seed andSeed Advanced and to apply online via the big blue buttons at the top of the Seed Grants page on the NZWG website.

2018 DATES
Round One

Opens Friday 02 Feb 2018
Closes Friday 06 April 2018 (midday)​

Round Two
Opens Friday 06 July 2018
Closes Friday 07 September 2018 (midday)


To give the New Zealand screen industry its best chance of success we need strong and new ideas. We need stories that resonate. NZWG believes that our primary storytellers need to be unleashed and offered diverse pathways for developing these stories. Allowing writers space to find their voices will see new and fresh perspectives emerge to enrich the industry and the country.

The goal of these New Zealand Film Commission funded grants is to create an opportunity for writers to create the feature film scripts they believe in. Seed and Seed Advanced provides unencumbered development funding specifically for writers only.

​Introduction of Seed Advanced is aimed at reducing competition in the Seed pathway between emerging writers and more experienced writers. Seed Advanced acknowledges experienced writers by offering a higher grant level and flexibility around development costs.

The NZWG Seed grants allow writers to be innovative, brilliant, and to create something they own, just as they see it. A producer is not required to access the grant. The writer must be the rights holder in the work. Whether the work is original or an adaptation, the writer must hold and maintain the rights in the work when entering and while they are a current recipient of a grant.

NZWG Seed Grants are offered over two rounds with a total of eight grants of $10,000 (+ any applicable GST) per year for the development of a first draft of a feature film script. Seed is open to emerging writers who haven’t yet written and had produced a feature film. Included in each grant is $2,500 (+ any applicable GST) to put toward script consultation.

NZWG Seed Advanced Grants are offered over two rounds with a total of four grants of $12,500 (+ any applicable GST) per year for the development of feature film scripts. Seed Advanced is open to established writers who have more than 90 minutes of scripted broadcast credits. Included in each grant is $2,500 (+ any applicable GST) for further development of the feature film script. This can include (but is not limited to) workshops, table reads, research and multiple script consultants.

  • Applicants can only apply to one fund per round – either Seed or Seed Advanced.
  • One or more applications may be submitted per round.
  • Further information on eligibility and how to apply can be found at