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Country Focus: The Netherlands

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Articles, interviews, news, analysis on the Dutch audiovisual sector.

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Country profile: Netherlands

Country profile: Netherlands

27 December 2020

Rotterdam looks to the future of film festivals after the pandemic

IFFR 2023 – IFFR Pro

Rotterdam looks to the future of film festivals after the pandemic

The panellists discussed how the market and curatorial strategies have changed as well as the impact of streaming platforms and reduced budgets on the festival circuit  

31 January 2023

The 40th edition of Rotterdam’s CineMart welcomes a host of intriguing European projects

IFFR 2023 – IFFR Pro

The 40th edition of Rotterdam’s CineMart welcomes a host of intriguing European projects

The selected projects tackle the struggle between creative expression and motherhood, euphoria and dysphoria, and also include an immersive gay simulator  

11 January 2023

Europa Distribution tackles new and old challenges for the release of documentaries at IDFA

IDFA 2022 – IDFA for Professionals

Europa Distribution tackles new and old challenges for the release of documentaries at IDFA

The decline in cinema attendance for arthouse films after the pandemic and the challenges of releasing independent documentaries were among the many topics discussed by distributors at the festival  

01 December 2022

Europa Distribution will explore the distribution of documentaries at IDFA

IDFA 2022

Europa Distribution will explore the distribution of documentaries at IDFA

Experts from the network will share their experience regarding their publishing work, release strategies and promotional campaigns  

08 November 2022

Six First Cut Labs are on the lookout for their next projects

First Cut Lab 2023

Six First Cut Labs are on the lookout for their next projects

After enjoying its most successful year yet, the consultancy programme is awaiting new projects for its upcoming editions, dotted around the globe  

07 November 2022

Thomas Hosman shares Cineville’s success story at the International Distribution Summit

International Distribution Summit 2022

Thomas Hosman shares Cineville’s success story at the International Distribution Summit

The talk by the co-founder of the cinema subscription service explored the great advantages of an “all you can watch” offering vis-à-vis distributors and exhibitors  

03 November 2022

IDFA Forum announces this year’s selected projects

IDFA 2022 – IDFA for Professionals

IDFA Forum announces this year’s selected projects

Among the award-winning filmmakers set to pitch their upcoming works are Maite Alberdi, Filip Remunda, Anette Ostrø, Zaradasht Ahmed and Martín Benchimol  

07 October 2022

Studiocanal acquires Dutch FilmWorks

Industry / Market - France/Belgium/Netherlands/Luxembourg

Studiocanal acquires Dutch FilmWorks

The French giant has bought a majority stake in the Dutch production and distribution outfit operating in the Benelux region  

23 June 2022

Lumière Publishing acquires Benelux rights for Lukas Dhont’s Close

Cannes 2022 – Competition

Lumière Publishing acquires Benelux rights for Lukas Dhont’s Close

CANNES 2022: The film is world-premiering in competition, and Lumière is piloting a new accounting solution with innovative tech company FilmChain  

25 May 2022

Nine European public funds launch New Dawn to increase diversity in film

Cannes 2022 – Marché du Film

Nine European public funds launch New Dawn to increase diversity in film

CANNES 2022: Due to be set in motion at the Marché du Film on 22 May, in its first year, the new joint effort will grant total bursaries of €900,000  

20 May 2022

“That’s the main issue for us: access,” say female panellists at Movies that Matter

Movies that Matter 2022

“That’s the main issue for us: access,” say female panellists at Movies that Matter

During this year’s Take on Women in Film panel, female filmmakers discussed their projects and the challenges they encountered, and expressed solidarity with Ukraine  

26 April 2022

Movies That Matter’s Take on Film & Impact announces its winners

Movies that Matter 2022 – Industry Days/Awards

Movies That Matter’s Take on Film & Impact announces its winners

The Long Rescue by Jennifer Huang, Slave Island by Jimmy Hendrickx and Jeremy Kewuan, and Russia vs Lawyers by Masha Novikova have received the programme’s awards  

14 April 2022

The Movies that Matter Festival announces its Industry Days

Movies that Matter 2022 – Industry Days

The Movies that Matter Festival announces its Industry Days

The Dutch festival focusing on human rights will unspool its industry section in a hybrid format, featuring a series of talks, panels and master classes  

01 April 2022

Viaplay and NBCUniversal Global Distribution ink a multi-year content deal

Industry / Market - Sweden/Finland/Denmark/ Norway/Iceland/Netherlands/Poland/USA

Viaplay and NBCUniversal Global Distribution ink a multi-year content deal

The new partnership, covering more than 400 titles, will make Viaplay the exclusive streaming home of DreamWorks Animation series in all five Nordic countries, the Netherlands and Poland  

24 February 2022

The digital IFFR Pro reveals its winners

IFFR 2022 – IFFR Pro/Awards

The digital IFFR Pro reveals its winners

Croatia’s Leave the Door Open by Judita Gamulin has taken home the €20,000 Eurimages Co-production Development Award from the 39th CineMart awards ceremony  

03 February 2022

IFFR’s CineMart is all set for its 39th edition

IFFR 2022 - IFFR Pro

IFFR’s CineMart is all set for its 39th edition

The important Dutch co-production market will welcome 28 projects from around the globe, including five immersive experiences  

27 January 2022

IFFR 2022 to take place fully online due to pandemic concerns

IFFR 2022 – IFFR Pro

IFFR 2022 to take place fully online due to pandemic concerns

The festival is set to be held from 26 January-6 February, in compliance with the Netherlands’ current health-and-safety guidance  

22 December 2021

“Change is inevitable; it’s just annoying that it takes so long,” say critics at IDFA’s Representation and Diversity in Film Criticism panel

IDFA 2021 - IDFA for Professionals

“Change is inevitable; it’s just annoying that it takes so long,” say critics at IDFA’s Representation and Diversity in Film Criticism panel

Writers opened up about representation and the realities of their profession during a panel at the Dutch festival  

02 December 2021

The distribution of documentaries, under the spotlight of Europa Distribution at IDFA

IDFA 2021 - IDFA for Professionals

The distribution of documentaries, under the spotlight of Europa Distribution at IDFA

Member distributors will present a detailed analysis of the releases of various recent films, focusing on audience targeting and theatrical and VOD strategies  

11 November 2021

Virtual cinema platform Picl launches in Belgium

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Belgium/Netherlands

Virtual cinema platform Picl launches in Belgium

The Dutch platform is a flexible digital distribution model for newly released films, organised in close collaboration with distributors and cinemas, and launches in Belgium on 27 October  

27 October 2021

Cinekid’s Industry Forum presents keynote speeches on emotional ecology and inclusion

Cinekid 2021 – Cinekid for Professionals

Cinekid’s Industry Forum presents keynote speeches on emotional ecology and inclusion

Cinekid for Professionals hosted contributions from producer Ellen Windemuth and actor-producer Rodney Lam on how they have been making a difference through their work  

25 October 2021

Captain Nova comes out on top at the 35th Cinekid Festival

Cinekid 2021 - Awards

Captain Nova comes out on top at the 35th Cinekid Festival

The festival’s opening film ended up taking home the Cinekid Lions for Best Children’s Film and Best Dutch Children’s Film  

22 October 2021

IDFA Forum announces 62 projects selected for in-person 2021 edition

IDFA 2021 - IDFA for Professionals

IDFA Forum announces 62 projects selected for in-person 2021 edition

The co-production and co-financing market will celebrate its 29th edition this year  

13 October 2021

The New Dawn film fund beckons new voices into the film industry

Cannes 2021 – Marché du Film

The New Dawn film fund beckons new voices into the film industry

CANNES 2021: The new scheme, initiated by the Netherlands Film Fund and the Swedish Film Institute, has just been announced in Cannes  

15 July 2021

The Netherlands and South Africa launch a joint support effort, the Thuthuka Co-Development Fund

Cannes 2021 – Marché du Film

The Netherlands and South Africa launch a joint support effort, the Thuthuka Co-Development Fund

CANNES 2021: The new fund, announced yesterday afternoon at the Marché du Film’s Dutch pavilion, follows the two countries’ previous co-production treaty signed in 2015  

11 July 2021

The fifth edition of the European Genre Forum gets ready to kick off its Zagreb event

Industry / Market - Croatia/Estonia/Netherlands

The fifth edition of the European Genre Forum gets ready to kick off its Zagreb event

The teams behind seven genre projects from six countries will take part in the online Producing Lab, coinciding with the Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival, from 1-3 July  

01 July 2021

Generation Inclusion set to foster young filmmaking talents from the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Industry / Market - Netherlands

Generation Inclusion set to foster young filmmaking talents from the Kingdom of the Netherlands

The new Dutch development initiative launched last week, with backers including Netflix, Amazon, Viacom and Youtube  

19 April 2021

The second “Let’s Talk Screenwriting!” roundtable examines the role of writers’ rooms in Danish, German and Dutch television production

Industry / Market - Netherlands

The second “Let’s Talk Screenwriting!” roundtable examines the role of writers’ rooms in Danish, German and Dutch television production

The event, organised by the Media Industries, Infrastructures and Institutions (MI3) research group from Utrecht University, was held online on 12 April  

16 April 2021

The first “Let’s Talk Screenwriting!” round-table explores how algorithms and data analytics are making inroads into European screen production

Industry / Market - Netherlands

The first “Let’s Talk Screenwriting!” round-table explores how algorithms and data analytics are making inroads into European screen production

The event, organised by the Media Industries, Infrastructures and Institutions (MI3) research group from Utrecht University, was held online on 15 March  

23 March 2021

The digital 38th CineMart reveals its winners

IFFR 2021 – IFFR Pro/Awards

The digital 38th CineMart reveals its winners

Greece’s Cora by Evi Kalogiropoulou has taken home the €20,000 Eurimages Co-production Development Award from the 38th CineMart awards ceremony, which was held online  

08 February 2021

First Cut Lab launches new workshops across Europe

First Cut Lab 2021

First Cut Lab launches new workshops across Europe

The first editions in Slovakia, the Netherlands and Hamburg have been announced and will run over the course of 2021  

13 January 2021

EXCLUSIVE: IDFA Forum announces this year’s selected projects, a new award and a brand-new category

IDFA 2020 – IDFA for Professionals

EXCLUSIVE: IDFA Forum announces this year’s selected projects, a new award and a brand-new category

The Dutch gathering’s Forum will take place online from 16-20 November and will host a total of 63 new projects  

13 October 2020

The International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk comes to the rescue at Venice

Venice 2020 - Venice Production Bridge

The International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk comes to the rescue at Venice

VENICE 2020: The new international body to support filmmakers facing severe risks and struggling to make their voices heard has been launched at Venice  

08 September 2020

IDFA and WePresent launch a selection of films about the impact of creativity

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Netherlands/Europe

IDFA and WePresent launch a selection of films about the impact of creativity

The selection of non-fiction films, called IDFAxWePresent, includes three shorts and four features from Europe, Asia and the USA  

27 August 2020

14 new projects selected for the seventh edition of the Cinekid Script LAB

Cinekid 2020

14 new projects selected for the seventh edition of the Cinekid Script LAB

19 writers from 14 different countries have been selected to participate in the six-month initiative that focuses on the development of scripts for children’s films  

08 July 2020

Cinekid Festival to welcome international professionals online during its 34th edition

Cinekid 2020

Cinekid Festival to welcome international professionals online during its 34th edition

Cinekid for Professionals is planning a web-based industry event on its new online platform from 19-23 October  

01 July 2020

The Dutch government steps in to rescue the local film sector

Industry / Market - Netherlands

The Dutch government steps in to rescue the local film sector

The measures are part of a wider €300 million support package that will help to revive the country’s cultural and creative industries  

04 June 2020

IDFA Project Space to kick off in June

IDFA 2020

IDFA Project Space to kick off in June

The new programme aims to provide year-round support for IDFA alumni as well as offering creative and professional development  

25 May 2020

Dutch platform Picl secures revenues for cinemas and festivals during lockdown

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Netherlands

Dutch platform Picl secures revenues for cinemas and festivals during lockdown

The streaming platform, which has been organising day-and-date releases since 2017, now covers almost 90% of independent Dutch cinemas and has sold ten times more tickets than last month  

08 April 2020

The Netherlands Film Fund begins to protect the Dutch film industry

Industry / Market - Netherlands

The Netherlands Film Fund begins to protect the Dutch film industry

The public film agency has announced its first measures to limit project-related damage to subsidised film productions  

19 March 2020

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