Connecting you to the wider screen industry.
Screen Auckland works with a number of valued partners to connect you to other regional film offices in New Zealand.
Our local and international associations also work to keep the Auckland film industry up to date with global best-practice, trends and services.
- Film Auckland
Film Auckland is an independent organisation that supports and advocates for the Auckland screen industry.
- New Zealand Film Commission
The New Zealand Film Commission is a crown entity working to grow the New Zealand film industry.
- Regional Film Offices New Zealand
RFONZ is a network of film offices across New Zealand that help with locations, film permits and other business support.
- Department of Conservation.
DOC manages permits for filming on New Zealand’s conservation estate
- Screen Industry guilds and associations
- New Zealand Game Developers Association
- New Zealand Screen Association
- Association of Film Commissions International (AFCI)
- Asian Film Commissions Network (AFCNet)
Tertiary institutions with screen or digital-related courses
Auckland’s newest screen production site and complex, Kumeu Film Studios totals 27ha (67 acres) and includes expansive facilities located just 25 minutes from the city centre.
Studio features include:
- stage area: 4036m2 (43,448ft2), 9m-11m (30ft-36ft) in height
- workshop and manufacture space/secondary stage area: 6160m2 (66,305ft2)
- production offices area: 1215m2 (13,084ft2) with fibre connection and Wi-Fi-fit out
- 2 water tanks – Underwater Dive Tank and Ocean Surface Tank – the only tanks of this size in New Zealand
- permanent green screen wall: 70.6m x 13m (231ft x 42ft) with a surface area of 920m2 (9900ft2)
- 2 sound stages: 2336.3m2 (25,000ft2) each
- 12ha (30 acre) forest backlot.
During the 2015/16 year, we helped facilitate many of the numerous productions based in Auckland. These included the second season of hit Australian TV series 800 Words – a co-production with Auckland’s South Pacific Pictures, the country’s largest production company – and the second season of Executive Producer Rob Tapert and Starz Entertainment’s cult TV show Ash vs Evil Dead.
Auckland-based animation company HuHu Studios is working on the 3D movie Beast of Burden, a co-production with China Film Animation.
The BBC filmed a new season of Wanted Down Under around Auckland, with British families considering immigrating being shown what a new life in Auckland could be like.
The filming of Warner Brothers and China’s Gravity Pictures feature film MEG, which finished in late 2016, was a massive boost to Auckland’s screen industry.
Our screen team helped the production come to Auckland, where it was shot at Auckland Film Studios, a specially constructed site in Kumeu, and on location in the Hauraki Gulf out from Gulf Harbour, and the Tamaki Strait at Waitawa Bay on Auckland’s south-east coast.
If you’re of a sensitive disposition, the gruesome horror props dreamed up by Auckland special effects workshop Main Reactor are far too lifelike – or rather, deadlike. But this macabre realism has proved to be the company’s calling card for screen producers, spinning a success yarn of its own.
Husband and wife team Roger Murray and Felicity Letcher and their 20 technicians have provided props, costumes and stage sets to a long list of feature films and television shows – The Shannara Chronicles (MTV and Sonar Entertainment) and Ash vs Evil Dead (Starz Entertainment) among the latest. The company is a key contributor to Auckland’s screen production industry.
We helped Main Reactor achieve its growth ambitions and is connecting the workshop with potential overseas markets for an exciting new venture – using its world-leading prosthetics in the medical industry and emergency training.