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Film Facts & Figures

May 2018 issue

The Netherlands showed growing total numbers of cinema attendees both overall and for Dutch films. The cinema visitor share of Dutch films reached 12% in 2017. This is slightly lower than the previous year due to the lack of Dutch blockbuster films and strong competition. The overall market share of European films dropped from 23.9% to 21.4% to the advantage of US product that increased 1% to 75.4%. The number of cinemas in the Netherlands remains quite stable, reaching 274. Dutch cinemas enabled audiences to watch films on 956 screens.

However, on the production end, the Dutch cinema and audio-visual market showed continuous signs of vibrancy and high production activity. The total production volume reached € 108.3 million (2016: € 105.9 million). Foreign financing for majority Dutch features increased from € 8.1 million in 2016 to € 19.4 million in 2017. The Film Production Incentive that opened up to a high-end TV series pilot in 2017 showed another boost, granting a cash rebate to a total of 68 film projects and 11 series for a total of € 22.4 million in 2017.

Again, Dutch films were successful internationally, winning 152 different prizes at festivals and getting selected at 1407 festivals including Rotterdam, Berlin, Cannes, San Sebastian, Locarno, Toronto, Venice, IDFA, Tribeca and Sundance. The increasingly internationally oriented Dutch market also experiences the rapid changes dominated by large international players that pressure traditional players.

Although total revenues in the Dutch market have increased from € 579 million in 2016 to € 628 million in 2017, most of the growth and respective revenues flow to the three foreign owned cinema chains and to the foreign dominated SVOD market players. The 108 Dutch arthouses nevertheless continue to attract 7.1% of the box office share (2016: 7.4%).