About the New Zealand Film Heritage Trust
Te Puna Ataata
New Zealand has a rich and wonderful history in filmmaking, but the rights situation with some of our older films is not always robust. This is the case for various reasons; some pioneers of our film industry are no longer with us, rights have become diluted through inheritance, rights holders have moved overseas, paper trails have been lost, and production companies have closed. Industry members and the New Zealand Film Commission have also noted the increasing difficulty in locating the right people to make decisions on behalf of a number of New Zealand films.
The New Zealand Film Heritage Trust was officially launched in November 2017 (following the repurposing of the New Zealand Film Production Fund Trust), filling the need for an industry-focussed entity that filmmakers can appoint to be the guardian for their films, to preserve their legacy and ensure their films are available to be seen and studied into the future.