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Film & entertainment industry solutions.

Acclime is New Zealand’s pre-eminent film and television production services practice. We are the leading film incentives, taxation and accounting adviser to the New Zealand film and television industry.

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Acclime is the leading film incentives, taxation and accounting adviser to the New Zealand film and television industry.

The firm has assisted nearly 60% of all international productions that have qualified for NZ film incentives since its introduction in 2003. You will immediately connect with unique deep sector knowledge and expertise and realise you are in the best hands to maximise your New Zealand film grant rebate while being guided through all your set-up and tax and production financial accounting issues. This includes dealing with people who have a long relationship with the New Zealand Film Commission.

Entertainment industry solutions

Delivering as your project partner.

Acclime assists both domestic and international productions in New Zealand.

  • Establishment & setup

    When undertaking a film or TV production, critical considerations include determining the ideal onshore/offshore structure, navigating co-production treaties, and understanding New Zealand’s Screen Production Grant criteria. Tax aspects, including income tax, withholding taxes, GST, and individual tax nuances, require careful attention. Financing options, effective project structures, financial reporting implications, and comprehensive documentation ensure a robust foundation, while company assistance services and copyright arrangements safeguard the project’s integrity. Crafting cashflow forecasts tailored for funding bodies and NZSPG lenders adds a strategic dimension, collectively forming a comprehensive approach to successful film and TV production.

  • New Zealand film incentives

    Our film and TV production services cover comprehensive guidance on New Zealand Screen Production Rebates (NZSPR) criteria, including entitlement and budgeted grant quantum insights. We handle all aspects of registrations, waiver applications, and project management processes efficiently. Our expertise extends to completing grant applications, strategically managing projects to maximise incentive claims, and facilitating communication with grant auditors and NZ Film Commission consultants. From initial advice to approval and receipt, we ensure a seamless process for optimising your incentive claim under the NZSPR.

  • Financial accounting

    Our bookkeeping and tax specialists will assist you with:

    • Advice on your financial accounting obligations, based on our accounting standards expertise
    • Processing and payment of payroll and supplier invoices
    • Post-production accounting
    • Financial statements preparation in accordance with the accounting standards appropriate to your project
    • Work with auditors (if applicable) to completion

  • New Zealand and international taxation planning and obligations

    We cover the various crucial tax aspects for production companies and entities. It includes a concise summary of the NZ tax system, addressing local taxes such as income tax, GST, and withholding taxes. The service guides through the approval process, aids in determining production profit margins, and facilitates repatriation and unwinding upon completion. Additionally, it covers international tax issues, tax treaty relief, and manages all aspects of local taxation compliance, including payments, filings, assessments, and reconciliations with the NZ Inland Revenue Department. The service also ensures efficient GST return preparation, reconciliation, filings, and optimal cash flows, providing a comprehensive tax solution.

  • Managing contracts with cast and crew

    We help you comprehensively navigate the various tax issues. This includes addressing individual and loan-out New Zealand tax considerations, determining engagement structures for cast and crew — whether as contractors or employees, and managing production requirements impacting taxation positions. Additionally, distinguishing between foreign and local company engagement for production cast and crew, along with adhering to foreign Guild requirements, is crucial. The utilization of assignment arrangements and split contracts further enhances flexibility. Ultimately, strategic engagement of cast and crew aligns with maximising film incentive entitlements, contributing to a seamless and financially optimized production process.

  • Cast and crew tax issues

    Our comprehensive services cater to the diverse needs of film and TV productions’ crew and cast in New Zealand. From addressing individual, contractor, and company tax issues to navigating the complexities of residency statuses, we offer tailored solutions. Our expertise extends to structuring affairs for tax efficiency, GST compliance, and asset protection. We assist with work-related allowances, per diems, and claimable expenses, ensuring seamless income tax and GST returns. With in-depth knowledge of tax law, we defend disputed positions and manage all interactions with NZ Inland Revenue. Our holistic approach includes optimising cash flow, minimizing penalties, managing bank accounts, and providing visa and immigration support.

Acclime’s filmography highlights.

  • Nyad (Netflix film)
  • Invasion Season 2 (Apple TV+ series)
  • The Marvels (Marvel Entertainment feature film)
  • Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 (Marvel Entertainment feature film)
  • Twisted Metal (Sony SVOD series)
  • Choose Love (Netflix film)
  • One Of Us Is Lying Season 2 (NBCUniversal SVOD series)
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Marvel Entertainment feature film)
  • M3GAN (Blumhouse Productions feature film)
  • Evil Dead Rise (New Line Cinema/Renaissance Pictures feature film)
  • Kiri and Lou (Filmwork TV series)
  • Thor: Love And Thunder (Marvel Entertainment feature film)
  • Cowboy Bebop (Netflix series)
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi (Lucasfilm SVOD series)
  • Avatar sequels (Disney feature films)
  • The Lord of the Rings – The Rings of Power (Amazon Studios series)
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (Marvel Entertainment feature film)
  • Moon Knight (Marvel Entertainment SVOD series)
  • Midnight at the Pera Palace (Netflix series)
  • No Exit (20th Century Studios film)
  • Hawkeye (Marvel Entertainment SVOD series)
  • Eternals (Marvel Entertainment feature film)
  • Sweet Tooth (Warner Bros. SVOD series)
  • One Of Us Is Lying (NBCUniveral SVOD series)
  • The Power Of The Dog (See-Saw Films feature film)
  • Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings (Marvel Entertainment feature film)
  • Jungle Cruise (Disney feature film)
  • Falcon and the Winter Soldier (Marvel SVOD series)
  • The Tomorrow War (Skydance Media feature film)
  • The King’s Man (Marv Tailor feature film)
  • The Green Knight (A24 feature film)
  • Black Widow (Marvel Entertainment feature film)
  • We Can Be Heroes (Netflix feature film)
  • The Christmas Chronicles 2 (Netflix feature film)
  • The Wilds Season 1 (ABC Studios television series)
  • Space Force Season 1 (Netflix series)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Maximum Venom (Marvel Animation television series)
  • Lady and the Tramp (Disney feature film)
  • Terminator: Dark Fate (Skydance Media feature film)
  • Gemini Man (Skydance Media feature film)
  • Triangle (ABC Studios television pilot)
  • Looking Up (IE New Zealand Ltd, China feature film)
  • The Wilds (ABC Studios TV Pilot)
  • Falling Inn Love (Netflix Film)
  • Avengers: Endgame (Marvel Entertainment feature film)
  • Breckman Rodeo (FX Productions television pilot)
  • Alita: Battle Angel (20th Century Fox feature film)
  • Once Upon a Deadpool (20th Century Fox feature film)
  • Marvel’s Avengers Black Panther’s Quest (Marvel Animation television series)
  • Avengers: Infinity Wars (Marvel Entertainment feature film)
  • A Wrinkle In Time (Disney feature film)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man Season 2 (Marvel Animation television series)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Season 3 (Marvel Animation television series)
  • Animal World (Ruyi Films, China feature film)
  • Thor: Ragnarok (Marvel Entertainment feature film)
  • Maze Runner: The Death Cure (20th Century Fox feature film)
  • Adrift (STX Entertainment feature film)
  • The Luminaries (NBCU/Working Title television series)
  • Murder On The Orient Express (20th Century Fox feature film)
  • Marvel’s Avengers Assemble Season 4 (Marvel Animation television series)
  • Marvel’s Spider Man Season 1 (Marvel Animation television series)
  • War For The Planet Of The Apes (20th Century Fox feature film)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Season 2 (Marvel Animation television series)
  • Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (EuropaCorp feature film)
  • Alien: Covenant (20th Century Fox feature film)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy – Vol. 2 (Marvel Entertainment feature film)
  • Blade Runner 2049 (Alcon Entertainment feature film)
  • Independence Day: Resurgence (20th Century Fox feature film)
  • Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (20th Century Fox feature film)
  • Marvel’s Avengers Assemble Season 3 (Marvel Animation television series)
  • Guardians Of The Galaxy Season 1 (Marvel Animation television series)
  • Deadpool (20th Century Fox feature film)
  • Ash vs Evil Dead (Starz Media television series)
  • Alvin & The Chipmunks 4 (20th Century Fox feature film)
  • Fantastic Four (20th Century Fox feature film)
  • Lumen (Turner Broadcasting TV pilot)
  • Avatar sequels (20th Century Fox feature films)
  • Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2 (The Weinstein Company feature film)
  • Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (20th Century Fox feature film)
  • The Wolverine (20th Century Fox feature film)
  • Iron Man 3 (Marvel Entertainment feature film)
  • Emperor (independent feature film)
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (20th Century Fox feature film)
  • Prometheus (20th Century Fox feature film)
  • Walking With Dinosaurs 3D (BBC feature film)
  • Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away (Gaston Productions feature film)
  • Evil Dead (Rob Tapert/Sam Raimi feature film)
  • The Avengers (Marvel Entertainment feature film)
  • Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (20th Century Fox feature film)
  • X-Men: First Class (20th Century Fox feature film)
  • Oktobor Animation (NZ animation studio)
  • Gulliver’s Travels (20th Century Fox feature film)
  • Power Rangers (Saban Brands television series)
  • The A-Team (20th Century Fox feature film)
  • Yogi Bear (Warner Brothers feature film)
  • The Hobbit (Warner Brothers feature film)
  • Spartacus (Starz Media television series)
  • The Legend Of The Seeker (ABC Studios/Pacific Renaissance television series)
  • Avatar (20th Century Fox feature film)
  • The Day The Earth Stood Still (20th Century Fox feature film)
  • They Came From Upstairs (20th Century Fox feature film)
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine (20th Century Fox feature film)
  • Castaway (Lion TV reality show)
  • Johnny Kapahala (Disney movie of the week)
  • Wendy Wu (Disney movie of the week)
  • Power Rangers (Disney television series)
  • Castaway (Lion TV reality show)
  • Johnny Kapahala (Disney movie of the week)
  • Wendy Wu (Disney movie of the week)
  • Power Rangers (Disney television series)
  • The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe (Walden Media feature film)
  • Boogeyman (Senator Entertainment/Pacific Renaissance feature film)
  • The Last Samurai (Warner Brothers feature film)
  • Without A Paddle (Paramount feature film)
  • In My Father’s Den (United Kingdom/New Zealand co-production feature film)
  • You Wish! (Disney movie of the week)
  • Eddie’s Million Dollar Bake-Off (Disney movie of the week)
  • Extreme Team (Disney pilot for television series)
  • Superfire (Lions Gate television movie)
  • The Other Side Of Heaven (feature film shot in New Zealand and the Cook Islands)
  • King Kong (Universal Studios)
  • The Water Horse (Waldon Media)
  • The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (New Line Cinema)
  • Hercules and Xena (Pacific Renaissance television series)
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