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NZ and Denmark sign co-pro agreement

At a ceremony in Cannes Denmark has become the fifteenth country with which NZ has co-production agreements. The agreement covers film, television, games and transmedia productions.

The Danish Film Institute Chief Executive Henrik Bo Nielsen and the NZFC's Dave Gibson agree

The Danish Film Institute Chief Executive Henrik Bo Nielsen and the NZFC’s Dave Gibson agree

The horse follows a little way behind the cart in the case of this agreement, after Daniel Joseph Borgman’s The Weight of Elephants premiered at last year’s Berlinale. The title was funded by the NZFC, Danish Film Institute and Film i Väst as an unofficial co-production. Leanne Saunders Severe Features produced from the NZ end, Lars von Trier’s Zentropa Entertainments from up north.

As of 1 April this year, the benefits of official co-production with NZ include access to the new NZ Screen Production Grant at the maximum rate, plus simplified processes for importation of equipment and temproary immigration – although the present government also simplified those for other productions.

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