The Netherlands Film Production Incentive invests €7.8 million in its final 2018 funding round
by Chris Frieswijk
- A total of eleven fiction feature films, one animated feature, three documentaries and six high-end TV series were granted funding by the Dutch scheme
In the fifth and final round of the Netherlands Film Production Incentive for 2018, cash rebates were granted to 21 productions, fourteen of which are international co-productions. The selected projects include eleven feature films, three documentaries, one animated feature film and six high-end TV series.
Ruud Schuurman’s feature Everything Is As It Should Be received the highest contribution, with a total of €710,680. The film, which was produced by Tom de Mol Productions, is about a first-time mother who has to deal with the pressure of love and work in order to become a responsible adult. Other awarded features include Diederik van Rooijen’s Penoza (€591,609, NL Film & TV), Sander Burger’s The Judgement (€437,375, Bind & Willink), Jon Karthaus’ Losers (€101,000, 2CFILM and Marmalade Films) and Mitra by Kaweh Modiri (€430,308, BALDR Film, In Good Company and Snowglobe). In addition, the children’s film My Dad is a Sausage by Anouk Fortunier (€133,687, A Private View, Man’s Films Productions and The Film Kitchen), Margot Schaap’s Quicksand (€217,500, PRPL, Homemade Films and Homeless Bob Production), Jasmila Žbanić’s Quo vadis, Aida? (€187,874, Deblokada, N279 Entertainment, Coop99, Indie Production, Razor Film and Torden Film), Banu Akseki’s Sans Soleil (€117,441, Frakas Production, Volya Films and The Jokers), Jan Verheyen’s Save Sara (€229,732, Eyeworks and Kaap Holland Film) and Jan Willem van Ewijk’s Sleep (€182,606, The Film Kitchen, Savage Film and Uncorked Production) have also received funding.
The documentaries due to receive funding include Ike Bertels’s Paradise in the Desert (€54,668, BALDR Film and Clin d'Oeil films), about the closing of a mine in a Namibian desert town, Dark Rider by Eva Küpper (€34,946, Serendipity Films and Volya Films) and Belgian director Ellen Vermeulen’s Pilgrimage (€38,270, Inti Films and Volya Films), about Marie-Louise Chapelle, who was the first woman to make it to the top of the Himalaya mountains.
In addition to the animated feature Where Is Anne Frank?By Ari Folman (€407,390, Purple Whale Films, Submarine Animation, Walking the Dog, Samsa Films, Bridgit Folman Film Gang and Le Pacte), six high-end TV shows will also receive funding, including: Force The Final by Marc Willard (€339,312, Pupkin Film), High Flyers by Bobby Boermans (€1,017,574, Tom de Mol Productions and The Storytellers Film & TV), Red Light by Eshref Reybrouck (€807,473, Eyeworks, Kaap Holland Film and Warner Bros. International), Rudy's Crazy Christmas Show by Anna van der Heide (€517,286, Pupkin Film), The Singh Case byHans Pool (€195,000, Submarine Docs) and Van der Valk (€1,096,029), a series about a street-smart Dutch detective solving mysterious crimes on the streets of Amsterdam, produced by the Dutch outfit NL Film & TV and the UK’s Company Pictures.
The Netherlands Film Production Incentive is based on a cash-rebate system and offers an incentive of 30% for high-end TV-series and 35% for film productions on eligible production costs. Aimed at supporting a healthy production climate in the Netherlands, this round is expected to generate over €31.1 million in production expenditure in the country. A total amount of € 25.8 million Production Incentive has been granted during 2018.
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