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28 new projects supported by the Netherlands Film Production Incentive
by Vitor Pinto
- The Netherlands Film Production Incentive has announced support for 28 new projects (17 fiction features and 11 documentaries), which will receive cash rebates totalling nearly €5,831,000. These figures are the result of the scheme’s second round for 2015.
Among the winning titles of this second round are new projects by several Dutch filmmakers, some of whom are making the transition from short, documentary or TV series formats to fiction-feature directing for the first time. The list also includes a number of foreign directors who are developing projects with a Dutch co-producer, such as Belgian director Nathalie Teirlinck, Belgian duo Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth, and Argentina’s Lucrecia Martel – for the fiction-feature projects – and Czech Republic-born director Petr Lom in the section reserved for documentaries.
Among the winning Dutch filmmakers is Frank Lammers, whose new film As If I’m Crazy [+see also:
film profile] will receive €280,202. Lammers is best known as an actor – he played the lead in the domestic box-office hit Admiral [+see also:
film profile] and will soon be seen in Erik de Bruyn’s road movie J Kessels [+see also:
film profile] (read the news).
Dennis Bots, who has recently released Code M [+see also:
film profile] (read the news), will soon be back with Heart Beat, for which producer Eyeworks Film & TV Drama will be granted €344,230.
Ties Schenk’s Monk, which had already received backing from Eurimages (read the news), is adding €198,490 to its production budget. Another title that was also recently backed by the Council of Europe co-production fund, Marleen Gorris’ Tulips, Honour, Love and a Bike (read the news), can now enjoy additional support of €261,835 from the Netherlands Film Fund.
The fiction-feature debuts by Bram Schouw (Brothers), Albert Jan van Rees (Adiós Amigos), Job Gosschalk (Dreams Are an Illusion), Rudolf van den Berg (A Real Vermeer) and Daan Bakker (Quality Time) also feature on the list of supported projects – and so do the second features by Anne de Clercq (Hello Bungalow), Martijn Heijne (Sneekweek) and Pieter van Rijn (Spy). The fiction-feature list is topped off by Tokyo Trial, a Dutch-Japanese-Canadian co-production to be directed by Pieter Verhoeff.
Supported documentaries include Petr Lom’s Burma Storybook, David Kleijwegt’s Death of a Soul Man, Catherine van Campen’s Desert Zoo, Tijs Tinbergen’s Maaike, Veterinary Surgeon, Tom Fassaert’s A Family Affair [+see also:
interview: Tom Fassaert
film profile], Willem Baptist’s Instant Dreams, Petra Lataster-Czisch’s Miss Kiet and Her Children, Simonka de Jong’s Sisters, Jessica Gorter’s Russia's Legends, Robbert So Kiem Hwat’s A Perfect Game and Erik Lieshout’s To Stay Alive - A Manual.
The Netherlands Film Production Incentive scheme was set up in May 2014 and is based on a cash-rebate system. Producers of fiction-feature films, animated features and feature-length documentaries can claim up to 30% of qualifying production costs in the form of these rebates.
The deadlines for the upcoming third and fourth rounds for 2015 are 25 August and 3 November, respectively.