The Netherlands is home to a vibrant film industry with an open attitude towards international coproduction.
The Netherlands Film Fund is the national agency responsible for supporting film production and film related activities in the Netherlands. Its focus is to develop and strengthen Dutch cinema and film culture both domestically and internationally. The Film Fund offers various selective support schemes on production and distribution for minority Dutch co-productions. It also runs the Film Production Incentive, offering a cash rebate up to 35% on production costs spent in the Netherlands and oversees the activities of the Netherlands Film Commission. Discover the cash rebate up to 35 % here.
Of the budget available for funding in 2020 an amount of 19.25 million euro is earmarked for the Film Production Incentive and 3,7 million euro for selective schemes targeting minority co-productions. From 1 October 2017 a year-long pilot incentive scheme started, with an additional allocated budget for high-end TV-series.
Let us inform you about the primary principles of the different support schemes for international productions. The Netherlands has co-production treaties with Canada, France, Germany, China, South Africa and the French Community of Belgium. Furthermore the Netherlands Film Fund collaborates in international reciprocal co-production schemes with the Flanders Audiovisual Fund, Norwegian Film Institute, the Hubert Bals Fund and the Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung MDM.
The Fund is strongly committed to the stimulation of creativity within, and development of, Dutch filmmakers, and quality will continue to be given priority over quantity. What’s more, supply and demand of films will be better regulated. Read the summary of our policy plan 2021-2024 here.
Check out the coproduction brochure here: everything you need to know about the Netherlands Film fund's support schemes for international coproduction. (Click here to read the Chinese version of the coproduction brochure (中文) and here for the Chinese version of the factsheet on the updated scheme.)