Israel, New Zealand Sign Film Co-production Agreement

Treaty follows the success of 'Atomic Falafel,' a 2015 co-production between Israel, New Zealand and Germany.

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Mali Levi Gershon (left) and Shai Avivi in 'Atomic Falafel.'
Mali Levi Gershon (left) and Shai Avivi in 'Atomic Falafel.'Credit: Merav Maroody

Film makers from Israel and New Zealand will have increased access to funding and incentives in both countries, following the signing of a co-production treaty this week, the Variety website reported.

Signed in Wellington, New Zealand by the local Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Maggie Barry and Israeli Ambassador Yosef Livne, the film covers film, TV animation and digital productions.

The treaty represents "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,” Livne said.

The signing was preceded by 2015's “Atomic Falafel, a highly successful Israeli-German-New Zealand official co-production. The film, which was written and directed by Israel’s Dror Shaul, was produced by New Zealand's Matthew Metcalfe and had New Zealanders in key production and post-production roles.

By qualifying as an official feature film co-production, even though it relied on existing Israel-Germany and Germany-New Zealand co-production agreements, "Atomic Falafel" received New Zealand Film Commission production investment and New Zealand Screen Production Grant (NZSPG) support.

"The NZFC works closely with our sister agency, the Israel Film Fund to strengthen ties and foster new collaborations,” said NZFC CEO Dave Gibson.

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