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Norway and the Netherlands sign coproduction agreement for documentaries
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- The Norwegian Film Institute and the Netherlands Film Fund have signed a coproduction agreement to further a broader co-operation between the two countries in general and documentaries in particular. Negotiated during the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), the contract includes three minority Norwegian and three minority Dutch projects between 2014-2016.
“The agreement is a logical step in the ongoing collaboration with our Scandinavian counterparts. We want to stimulate filmmakers from both countries to seek theatrical release of their films, to reach a maximum audiences theatrically, on TV and beyond,” said CEO Doreen Boonekamp, of the Netherlands Film Fund.
“The Dutch documentary industry is regarded as a market leader both in terms of producing and launching films, so we are confident that this partnership will be beneficial for documentary filmmaking in both countries,” added Bjørn Arne Odden, production advisor for documentaries at the Norwegian Film Institute.
According to the agreement, the six coproductions – films of 60 minutes+ - can receive up to €50,000 in additional funding, if they have already been financed by their home country.
At this year’s IDFA - the world’s largest showcase for documentaries, with more than 300 entries, which ended yesterday (December 1) – two Norwegian films were among the prize-winners: Mona Friis Bertheussen’s Twin Sisters received the Audience Award, and Susann Østigaard and Beate Hofseth’sLight Fly, Fly High the Oxfam Global Justice Award.