The agreement covers film, television, animation and digital productions and provides official Israel-New Zealand co-productions with access to distribution rights and screen finance in both countries.
(Embassy of Israel, Wellington)
Israeli Ambassador Yosef Livne and New Zealand Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister, Maggie Barry, signed the a Co-Production Agreement at a ceremony in Wellington on March 2, 2016. The agreement covers film, television, animation and digital productions. It provides official Israel-New Zealand co-productions with access to distribution rights and screen finance in both countries.
Ambassador Livne said the agreement will “see the opening of a new door, through which the world-renowned talent and successful film industry of New Zealand and the effervescent film industry in Israel will begin a joint march.”
Minister Barry said that “the New Zealand Film Commission has developed a close working relationship with its counterpart agency in Israel, and both Israeli and New Zealand films are known for their dry sense of humour… This agreement will bring revenue to both our countries and foster stronger relationships between our screen sectors, as we share our creative expertise and technical resources. I’m sure it will spur producers and directors to work together and break new cinematic ground.”
Israel has previously signed 17 co-production agreements, with Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.