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Benefits of the screen industry

New Zealand is widely regarded as one of the world's premier locations for screen production. Some of the most successful feature films made in recent years were filmed here, such as Avatar, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

The screen production industry makes an important contribution to the New Zealand economy; growth is credited to increased animation and post-production activities in recent years. Results from Statistics New Zealand’s Screen Industry Survey 2011/12 showed that the screen sector’s revenue increased by 10% to $3.29 billion between 2011-2012.

The increase in international projects has also supported the production of domestic productions with strong New Zealand stories, such as Boy, Whale Rider and the World’s Fastest Indian. The local industry is best seen as an “eco-system” – skilled crew, infrastructure and technology used on international productions flow back into producing more local film and television, and vice versa.

Large film and television productions:

  • create jobs
  • accelerate the growth of talent and skills in our local film industry
  • provide spill-over benefits to the wider economy, including the information and communication technology and tourism sectors.


Find out more

This report describes the size and nature of the New Zealand screen industry and examines its impact on the economy. It incorporates a diverse range of relevant industry data in New Zealand.


Last updated 2 March 2015