International distribution and dubbing support

The theatrical release in foreign territories by foreign distributors of Dutch features and documentaries, supported by the Netherlands Film Fund.

The sales agent applies, and forwards granted support to the distributors who will release the film theatrically.

The Fund only supports distribution and dubbing costs, that are not already covered by the Fund, by EYE International or third parties. The Fund will not support the costs for the MG taxes and the costs for an M&E track.

Who can apply

A sales agent can apply for subsidy to cover P&A costs for the distribution of a feature film or documentary. In case of family and youth films a sales agent can apply for subsidy to cover the dubbing costs and/or P&A costs. The granted support is to be divided and/or forwarded by the sales agent- for the release of the film in 1 or more countries outside the Benelux.

The sales agent applies with an expenditure plan for the support, after the sale of the feature film or documentary to the foreign distributor(s).
Granted subsidy will be made available for payment after submission of the deal memo with the foreign distributor, which includes the Film Fund subsidy agreed upon, a short distribution plan containing information about the release, as well as the distribution costs occured with receipts.

The sales agent is to report to the Film Fund on the release figures (screen numbers, admissions and box office) after release.



  • Maximum contribution 20,000 euro per film for distribution costs, released outside the Netherlands by foreign distributors. Matching up to 50% of the total costs.
  • Maximum contribution 20,000 euro per film for dubbing costs, for films released outside the Netherlands by foreign distributors. Matching up to 50% of the total dubbing costs.

Primary conditions

  • Only films supported with selective production funding by the Netherlands Film Fund are eligible.
  • Support is limited to film productions intended for theatrical release with a maximum production budget of 3 million euro for a feature film; and 600,000 euro for a feature-length documentary; or films selected by specific international film festivals which are released theatrically as listed in the overview International festivals in Chapter 7 of the Financial and Production Protocol.
  • A feature film has to have a theatrical release with a minimum of 5 theatres and a documentary with a minimu of 3 theaters.
  • Only releases outside the Benelux are supported.
  • International distribution or dubbing support is given as a conditional loan.
  • Film productions that are Dutch minority co-productions or productions for which the costs are covered under coproduction agreements or that have received distribution support from MEDIA, Eurimages or the country of origin are not eligible for support from the Fund.
  • The Fund will not support the costs for MG, taxes and/or the costs for an M&E track.

Application procedure

Applications will be judged and decided upon by the Fund and can be submitted throughout the year up to six weeks before the international release. 


The Fund will give priority to distribution in European countries or countries that the Netherlands has treaties with. Priority will also be given to distribution with subtitles or dubbing in one of the world languages.

Applicable regulations

How to apply

Applications can be made using the dedicated application form. Please contact Patricia van Wetten before applying.