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The Netherlands Film Fund invests €11.4 million in 28 new productions and 7 high-end series


- The agency’s contributions are estimated to generate over €43.7 million in production expenses in the Netherlands

The Netherlands Film Fund invests €11.4 million in 28 new productions and 7 high-end series
Behind the scenes on the set of Van der Valk

This month, the Netherlands Film Fund announced the recipients of the second round of the Netherlands Film Production Incentive. On this occasion, the agency will back 35 new projects with a total amount of €11.4 million. More precisely, the bursaries will fund the making of 22 features, five documentaries, one animated film, six drama series, and one documentary series, including 22 international co-productions. These contributions are estimated to generate over €43.7 million in production spend in the Netherlands.

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The big winner of this slate of funding is the 3x90 drama series Van der Valk (recipient of a grant of €1,131,404), penned by British writers Chris Murray and Maria Ward, and staged by UK’s Company Television with Dutch outfit  NL Film & TV. The other five drama series supported by the organisation are Tim Oliehoek’s 8x48 Arcadia (€300,000, produced by Belgium’s Jonnydepony and  Big Blue Productions in the Netherlands), Lourens Blok and Edson da Conceicao’s 5x50 The Crash (€951,336, a Big Blue Productions presentation), Thomas Seeberg Torjussen’s 10x20 Dome 16 (€73,000, produced by Norway’s Tordenfilm and co-produced by Big Blue Productions), Meikeminne Clinckspoor’s 10x10 Het Herriehofje (€274,496, staged by Lemming Film) and the third season of Sia Hermanides and Alieke van Saarloos’ 10x25 Ninja Nanny (€497,400, produced by Storytellers Film & TV). The only non-fiction series backed by the fund is Tomas Kaan’s 4x45 The Seasons (€182,384, a De Haaien production).

The other five non-fiction projects receiving the body’s support are all features, namely Joris Postema’s A Fool’s Last Dance (€56,673, produced by DOXY Films), Barbara Makkinga’s Godwit Was Here (€115,577, a Witfilm production), Loretta van der Horst’s Green Line (€97,136, produced by Tangerine Tree), Maria Augusta RamosJustice under Suspicion (€57,299, produced by Brazil’s Nofoco Filmes and co-produced by Germany’s Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion Köln and Dutch firm Docmakers) and Reber Dosky’s Yezidi Girls – A New Life (€85,361, produced by Dieptescherpte).

Meanwhile, the 22 supported features are Sander Burger’s Totem (€448,770, produced by Volya Films and co-produced by Luxembourg’s Tarantula and Germany’s Leitwolf), Aaron RookusApollo (€316,430, a Topkapi Films presentation), Sahim Omar Kalifa’s Baghdad Messi (€106,273, produced by Belgium’s A Team Productions and co-produced by Dutch firm Column Film), Camiel Schouwenaar’s Bigman (€342,879, staged by Rinkel Film and co-produced by Germany’s ostlicht filmproduktion), Ineke Houtman’s The Book of Everything (€380,735, produced by Dutch outfits Fatt Productions and Kaap Holland Film with Latvia’s White Picture), Lukas Dhont’s Close [+see also:
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(€83,916, produced by Belgium’s Menuet with Topkapi Films, Belgium’s Versus Production and France’s Diaphana), Aurora Gossé’s Dance Fever (€169,086, produced by Norway’s Oslo Pictures and co-produced by Phanta Basta!), Diederik van Rooijen’s Dropping (€228,119, a British-Dutch-Belgian co-production staged by UK’s FilmWave, Belgium’s A Private View and the Netherlands’ Lemming Film), Mannin de Wildt’s Foodies (€422,785, produced by Dutch firms Phanta Film and Goldman Film), Jessica Woodworth’s Fortress (€80,100, led-produced by Bo Films and co-produced by Volya Films in the Netherlands alongside Armenia’s Dokino, Belgium’s Beluga Tree, Bulgaria’s Art Fest and Italy’s Palosanto Films),  Anna van Keimpema’s Happy Single (€499,999, staged by Dutch outfit Tom de Mol Productions), Jelle de Jonge’s Homeward (€547,313, produced by Hazazah Pictures with Belgian partners of Menuetto Film), Milčo Mančevski’s Kaymak (€63,113, staged by Macedonia’s Banana Film in co-operation with Denmark’s Meta Film, Croatia’s Jaako dobra produkcija and the Netherlands’ N279 Entertainment), Omar Razzak’s Killing Crabs (€78,435, staged by Spain’s Tourmalet Films with Dutch partners of IJswater Films), Froukje Tan’s Kung Fu Lion (€422,394, a Dutch-Chinese co-production by Flinck Film and China Film Co.), Jaap van Heusden’s The Man from Rome (€414,349, also staged by IJswater Films with Germany’s Fiction Park), Tallulah Schwab’s Mr. K. (€713,558, produced by The Film Kitchen and Belgium’s A Private View), Will Koopman’s Neem me mee (€533,912, staged by NL Film & TV and co-produced by Belgium’s Dingie),  Pim van Hoeve’s Pirates Down the Street – 2 (€544,342, a Johan Nijenhuis & Co presentation), Albert Jan van ReesSummer in France (€234,000, a 2CFILM production), Ena Sendijarivic’s Sweet Dreams (€527,816, produced by Lemming Film and Sweden’s Plattform Produktion) and Lilian Sijbesma’s Under the Naked Sky (€227,559, a Dutch-Belgian co-production by Revolver Film and Herzele-based Serendipity Films).

Finally, the only animated feature receiving a bursary is Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal’s They Shot the Piano Player (€198,268, produced by Spain’s Fernando Trueba Producciones and co-produced by France’s Les Films D'ici, Portugal’s Animanostra Cam Lda and Dutch studio Submarine Animation).

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