Minority co-productions with VAF

The Flemish Audiovisual Fund (VAF) and the Film Fund participate annually in feature films, long animated films and documentaries that are made as co-productions and released in both countries under a cooperation agreement.

Apart from the quality of the content of the script, the artistic value, original character and urgency of the project, we will look at the creative and technical spending in the Netherlands and a real prospect of future cooperation between the two producers.

Status: Actueel

Who can apply

Applications for production support can be submitted on application dates by a production company (a legal entity, not a one-man business or general partnership) that has been based based in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, a member state of the EU or the EEA or Switzerland  for at least two years and that produces and exploits films and other audiovisual productions on a continuous basis.  

The production company will be represented by the Dutch minority co-producer (click here). He/she will have had prime responsibility as a majority producer for the realisation of:

  • a minimum of one feature film with a cinema release in the Netherlands (feature film/long animated film application);
  • a minimum of one (long) documentary with a cinema release in the Netherlands (documentary application).

Budget and contribution

Feature film and long animated film:

  • Up to €200,000

In addition, once a year the two funds can jointly grant one additional realisation contribution, known as NFF/VAF Plus*, of €100,000, to a Flemish-Dutch co-production in the feature film or long animated film category that has previously received a contribution under this cooperation agreement.

Documentary:

  • Up to €50,000

Each year a maximum of five Flemish and five Dutch feature films (including one long animated film) and three documentaries from each territory are eligible for a realisation contribution.

Primary conditions

  • The film production must have received realisation support from the VAF.
  • The total contribution of Dutch funds and market participants in the realisation of the film production must come to at least 10% of total production costs.
  • The national cinema release must be guaranteed in the country of the majority co-producer by a film distributor or market participants in the local exploitation chain.
  • The film production must have a cinema release in the Netherlands. The applicant must submit a written declaration signed by a Dutch film distributor.
  • Any financial contributions under Eurimages schemes and/or other European financing must be attributed to the applicant pro rata.
  • The financing of the film production must be shown to be fully and unconditionally promised by third parties within 12 months of the decision to award a grant.
  • If you are also going to apply for the Production Incentive, you must use the budget model of the Netherlands Film Production Incentive for the Dutch spending of the selective application.
  • The applicant will share pro rata in the worldwide proceeds of the film production.
  • 100% (for feature films and long animated films) or 60% (for documentaries) of the Film Fund contribution granted must be spent in the Netherlands (cast, crew, etc).

* NFF/VAF Plus:

In addition, once a year the two funds can jointly grant one additional realisation contribution, known as NFF/VAF Plus*, of €100,000, to a Flemish-Dutch co-production in the feature film or long animated film category that has previously received an NFF/VAF contribution (but is still at the financing stage).

This additional realisation contribution of €100,000 is for the project with the greatest potential for a successful release in the other country (that is Belgium/Flanders or the Netherlands) on the basis of production approach and concrete distribution approach. Feature films and long animated films that have previously received an NFF/VAF contribution (but are still at the financing stage) are eligible.

To be considered for an NFF/VAF Plus contribution an application can be made to the International department in writing in the last round of the year. The following documents must be submitted with this application:

  • The view the two producers have of the joint production approach and the distribution plan showing that the project has great potential for screening in the other country (that is Belgium/Flanders or the Netherlands).
  • A cross-media marketing and distribution plan containing details of the proposed release in both Flanders and the Netherlands.
  • A declaration from an experienced film distributor with Benelux rights showing that it has confidence in the project and the intended audience reach and that it is willing to promise a distribution guarantee for it (or declarations and distribution guarantees from a Dutch and Belgian distributor).
  • An updated financing plan and budget, including the Dutch spending of which NFF/VAF Plus forms part.

To apply for a grant

Applications for production support can be submitted on application dates by the Dutch producer (click here).

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