Netherlands Film Production Incentive (Eng)

Incentive -

The Netherlands Film Production Incentive scheme, is based on a system of cash rebate. It aims at promoting a healthy film production environment in the Netherlands and is designed to reinforce the international competitive position of the Dutch film industry as a whole.

The financial contributions are intended to increase the attractiveness of the Netherlands for both national and foreign film productions, raising the production activity of creative and technical film professionals and film companies in the Netherlands, as well as to develop film talent and encourage diversity within Dutch film production.

Status: Actueel

Who can apply?

The scheme is open to applications for feature films and feature-length animated films with a production budget of at least 1 million euros, and to feature length documentaries with a production budget of at least 250.000 euro. An application can be filed by a production company based in the Netherlands or an EU-country, which is legally represented by a producer. The producer has, as majority producer, been responsible for the production of at least two film productions over the past seven years, which have been theatrically released in the Netherlands.

Budget and contribution

The total available budget for funding in 2016 is capped at 29.2 million euro, of which at least 70% for international co-productions. The amount of the grant is determined by the production costs that are both eligible and demonstrably spent on film professionals or film companies based in the Netherlands, multiplied by 30%. The maximum award is 1 million euro per application. The maximum amount per year per applicant is 2 million euro. 

When to apply

Application deadlines 2016: 9 February, 10 May, 30 August and 1 November.

Conditions

A distribution guarantee for theatrical release in the Netherlands or in case of a minority co-production a guarantee for theatrical release in country of origin and a theatrical and/or non-theatrical release in the Netherlands and at least 50% of the production budget should to be in place upon application and only applications with a minimum of 75 points out of 200 points are taken into consideration. More information about the conditions can be found below in the General Outline and in the Regulations for Netherlands Film Production Incentive Scheme.

General outline

  • In order to apply for a grant, a production company must have operated consistently in the area of production and exploitation in the Netherlands, the EU or EEA, or in Switzerland, for a minimum period of two years. The applicant is legally represented by a producer who has, as majority producer, been responsible for the production of at least two film productions over the past seven years (reference films) in the afore-mentioned period and areas (see above). Reference films must have been theatrically released in the Netherlands.
  • The scheme is open to applications for feature films and feature-length animated films with a production budget of at least 1 million euros, and to feature length documentaries with a production budget of at least 250.000 euro. A distribution guarantee for theatrical release in the Netherlands or in case of a minority coproduction a guarantee for theatrical release in country of origin and a theatrical and/or non-theatrical release in the Netherlands and at least 50% of the production budget should to be in place upon application. 
  • If the film production applied for is an international co-production, it should meet the criteria of the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production, or the criteria of bilateral agreements with the Netherlands or agreements with the Netherlands Film Fund. The Netherlands should be one of the countries of origin among the co-producers.
  • In order to ensure the cultural objectives of the measure, a test of qualifying characteristics will be conducted. Applications should meet at least three of the ten cultural criteria to be eligible.
  • The production expenses that are taken into consideration for the calculation of the financial contribution must be directly related to the filmmaking process. The Incentive guidelines indicate the specific costs that are not considered eligible, such as internal costs, financing costs and insurance costs.
  • The amount of the grant is determined by the production costs that are both eligible and demonstrably spent on film professionals or film companies based in the Netherlands, multiplied by 30%. The maximum award is 1 million euro per application. The maximum amount per year per applicant is 2 million euro. A grant will only be awarded if there is a minimum of 100.000 euro of eligible production spend in the Netherlands. 
  • The available annual budget will be allocated across 4 application rounds.  
  • In each round eligible applications will be ranked on the basis of a points system. The points system contains elements to determine the impact of a film production on the audio visual infrastructure and film culture in the Netherlands, the (cross border) development of creative and technical talent and the promotion of the Netherlands as a production location. A maximum of 200 points can be obtained. Only applications that reach a minimum of 75 points are taken into consideration. 
  • If the Netherlands Film Fund awards a grant, the subsequent film production should be completely financed within 6 months of the Fund’s decision. 
  • The Netherlands Film Fund may decide to exempt the applicant from the obligation to delay commencement of principal photography - or in the case of an animated film, its realisation - until after the receipt of the notification of the grant. The applicant will have to demonstrate that the other financiers involved agree with any changes to the financing plan they have approved. A financial contribution cannot result in an increase of the budget or in the over-financing of a film production.