Kiwi documentary-makers have received a $2.5 million dollar funding boost.

NZ On Air and the New Zealand Film Commission have set up the fund to aid New Zealand filmmakers looking to shoot feature-length documentaries.

Filmmakers will be able to register for funding next month, with a view to giving successful projects the go-ahead in October.

Film Commission chief executive Graeme Mason said his agency was committed to growing locally-made documentaries.

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He said the intent was to maintain the funding and grow that part of the screen sector.