Cannes: New Zealand, Denmark Sign New Co-Production Treaty

12:26 AM PST 05/20/2014 by Pip Bulbeck

The new pact marks the 15th bilateral film co-production agreement for New Zealand.

New Zealand and Denmark have inked a new co-production pact.

New Zealand Film Commission chief executive Dave Gibson and Danish Film Institute chief executive Henrik Bo Nielsen signed the co-production agreement Monday at the Cannes Film Festival. 

The agreement with Denmark follows the debut of New Zealand director Daniel Joseph Borgman's drama The Weight of Elephants in Berlin in 2013. Shot in Southland, New Zealand, The Weight of Elephants was a co-venture between the New Zealand Film Commission and the Danish Film Institute and Film i Vast.

"This agreement will provide incentives for more co-productions between New Zealand and Denmark, but now with the benefits that come from having official co-production status," NZ Arts minister Christopher Finlayson said.

That includes access to funding and incentives in line with those available for "national" programs in each country. They give New Zealand filmmakers more opportunity to secure overseas finance, as well as assisting with temporary immigration and importation of equipment. 

Co-productions are administered by the New Zealand Film Commission.

The new pact marks the 15th bilateral film co-production agreement or arrangements for New Zealand that includes treaties with Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. The most recent agreement to be signed was with Chinese Taipei in July 2013.

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