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The Netherlands Film Fund’s schemes support local talents

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- Dutch animation and screenwriting talents, as well as Dutch-Belgian co-productions, have recently received support from the Netherlands Film Fund

The Netherlands Film Fund’s schemes support local talents
Director Lilian Sijbesma

The Netherlands Film Fund has recently continued lending its support to Dutch talents through three of its different schemes, putting screenwriting, animation and Dutch-Flemish co-productions in the limelight.

Five emerging screenwriters will receive €7,500 for the development of their new treatments or scripts for fiction projects (€5,000 for writing, €2,500 for coach supervision). The supported titles are Onvoorwaardelijk, a criminal love story written by Neema MohagheghElvie, a family drama by Lilian Sijbesma; Man zonder verdrie by Sarah BlockLevenslust by Francisca Toetenel; and De Eigenheimer by William Flame. This scheme, launched in 2013, targets screenwriters and is open for entries once a year.

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Four animation projects have been supported (to the tune of €50,000) as part of the Ultrakorte programme, organised in partnership with Pathé. The selected films include Catastrophe by Jamille van WijngaardenHot Tea by Marcel TigchelaarKort maar krachtig by Junaid Chundrigar and Waste by Sander Alt, which will screen in Pathé theatres in the summer of 2017 as a complement to feature films.

Finally, the agreement linking the Netherlands Film Fund and the Flanders Audiovisual Fund greenlit support for six new co-productions between the Netherlands and Flanders. The winners include the feature films Mette by Esther RotsJade by Sacha Polak and Ascension Day by Bas Devos (each of which have been allocated €200,000); the documentaries More Human than Human by Tommy Pallotta and Femke Wolting, and Pèlerinage Interdit by Ellen Vermeulen (€50,000 each); and Nienke Deutz’s animated feature Bloom Street 11 (€30,000).

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