Netherlands Film Production Incentive invests € 9.7 million in 23 new productions and 5 high-end TV-series

Netherlands Film Production Incentive invests € 9.7 million in 23 new productions and 5 high-end TV-series

In the second round of the Netherlands Film Production Incentive of 2019 contributions were made to 28 productions for a total amount of € 9.7 million. These include 18 feature films, 4 feature length documentaries, 1 animated feature film, 4 drama series and 1 documentary series, including 14 international co-productions.

These contributions will generate more than € 38.1 million in production expenses in the Netherlands across the entire spectrum of Dutch film professionals and film companies.

In this round a contribution was made a.o. to the projects Nayola, a Portuguese/Dutch/French/Belgian international animation project with a Dutch lead animator. The Dragon Girl (Norway/Czech Republic/The Netherlands), a live action film with animated characters, will also receive a cash rebate, for Dutch crew, visual effects and postproduction.

 

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All projects backed by the Netherlands Film Production Incentive in the second round of 2019 are:

Between Brothers (documentary) has been granted a financial contribution of € 154,161
Script & Director: Tom Fassaert
Dutch producer: Een van de jongens
Co-producer: Clin d'Oeil (BE)
Logline: As soon as the filmmaker’s grandmother dies, his father Rob - a retired psychologist - decides to reorganize the life of his autistic brother René. He wants him to finally be normal. At age 74. But what starts as a desperate attempt to sort out René, becomes the final effort to handle an unresolved past.
Dutch expenditure: e.g.: writer, director, crew, shooting days, postproduction image and sound

The Big Slime Movie (feature film) has been granted a financial contribution of € 189,714
Director: Hans Somers
Script: Eveline Hagenbeek
Dutch producer: NewBe TV 
Logline: Ivy and her BFF Olivia are crazy about making slime, just like every other kid. The big toy factory boss starts an anti-slime campaign to increase his own sales. All slime gets banned and taken away. Ivy and Olivia go all out in a race against the clock to get justice and their beloved slime back. Will they succeed in time? 
Dutch expenditure: e.g. writer, director, cast, crew, shooting days, postproduction image and sound

Do Not Hesitate * (feature film) has been granted a financial contribution of € 358,728
Director: Shariff Korver
Script: Jolein Laarman
Dutch producer: Lemming Film
Co-producer: Heretic (GR)
Logline: After the sudden disappearance of their superior, three young soldiers are left to guard a military vehicle by themselves. As their situation and the scorching desert heat renders them increasingly disconnected from reality, an encounter with a local boy escalates into a fight that will mark their lives forever. 
Dutch expenditure: e.g.: writer, director, production design, postproduction image and sound 

The Dragon Girl (feature film) has been granted a financial contribution of € 503,355
Director: Katarina Launing (NO)
Script: Harald Rosenlow Eeg (NO)
Dutch co-producer: Volya Films
Lead producer: Storm Films (NO)
Co-producer: Film Kolektiv (CZ)
Logline: 10 year old Gina has fled from an asylum. She lives by the mantra: «Never get to know anybody! Always be invisible! Never be caught!» Then one day she meets a small dragon and befriends it, but it’s difficult to keep out of sight with a fire burping dragon-friend.
Dutch expenditure: e.g.: crew, VFX, postproduction image and sound

Fly With Me / Sihja (feature film) has been granted a financial contribution of € 156,111
Director: Marja Pyykkö (FI)
Script: Kirsikka Saari, Jenni Toivoniemi (FI)
Dutch co-producer: Windmill Film
Lead producer: Tuffi Films (FI)
Co-producer: Den Siste Skilling (NO)
Logline: A story of an unconventional fairy and an eccentric boy who overcome their own fears and obstacles in order to save the nature.
Dutch expenditure: e.g.: DoP, production design, key hair & make up, stunts, VFX, shooting days

The Forgotten Battle (feature film) has been granted a financial contribution of € 1,500,000Director: Matthijs van Heijningen jr
Script: Paula van der Oest
Dutch producer: Levitate Film
Co-producer: Caviar (BE)
Logline: Three young people in the middle of a war. Their choices differ, their goal is the same: FREEDOM. November 1944. The Allies are stalled in Belgium. Winter is coming. In the Southwest of the Netherlands, tens of thousands of Allied and German soldiers are engaged in The Battle of the Scheldt, for control over supply lines. A Dutchman conscripted into the Wehrmacht, a British glider pilot, and a local girl with the underground resistance cross paths. They each face fundamental choices which will have consequences for their own lives, and for Europe’s freedom.
Dutch expenditure: e.g.: writer, director, cast, crew, shooting days, postproduction image and sound

The Ghastly Brothers (feature film) has been granted a financial contribution of € 117,632
Director: Michael van Ostade (BE)
Script: Michael van Ostade & Andrew van Ostade (BE)
Dutch co-producer: Volya Films
Lead producer: Minds Meet (BE)
Logline: Lillith is an adventurous girl. At the boarding school she attends she meets the peculiar ghostbusters Wout and Hans. A story about family, friendship and getting to grips with the little dark monster that houses in us all. 
Dutch expenditure: e.g.: cast, DoP, crew, costume design, key hair & make up, composer

Heavily in Love 2 (feature film) has been granted a financial contribution of € 658,754
Director: Marc Willard
Script: Anna Pauwels
Dutch producer: Tom de Mol Productions
Logline: Opposites Isa and Ruben are totally in love and over the moon with each other. Until Mr. Perfect steps into Isa’s life.
Dutch expenditure: e.g.: writer, director, DoP, cast, crew, shooting days, postproduction image and sound

Hiding in the Spotlight (feature film) has been granted a financial contribution of € 425,539  
Director: Jelle Nesna
Script: Karen van Holst Pellekaan
Dutch producer: Rinkel Film
Co-producer: Ciné Cri de Coeur (BE)
Logline: The successful singer Sonne takes in her niece after the unexpected death of her sister. When the biological father claims custody, Sonne is forced to lower the ‘mask’ she wears in public: her artist persona, in order to protect her niece. She must break the silence and reveal all the details of her personal family drama in court; a drama in which this man played a highly questionable role.
Dutch expenditure: e.g.: writer, director, DoP, cast, crew, postproduction image and sound

Home (feature film) has been granted a financial contribution of € 54.793
Script & Director: Franka Potente (DE)
Dutch co-producer: Lemming Film
Lead producer: Augenschein Filmproduktion (DE)
Co-producer: BAC Film Production (FR)
Logline: Marvin Hacks (40) is skateboarding home after more than 20 years in prison in the same Adidas tracksuit he was wearing when he was arrested as a teenager. He quickly finds out that, even after two decades, his small home town has not forgotten the atrocity he committed, but Marvin is prepared to accept the repercussions of his past, whatever the cost...
Dutch expenditure: e.g.: costume design, key hair & make up, sound recordist, postproduction sound

The Hunter’s Son (feature film) has been granted a financial contribution of € 340,889
Script & Director: Ricky Rijneke
Dutch producer: Rotterdam Films
Co-producers: Vintage Film (IS), Balapolis (PL), De Wereldvrede (BE)
Logline: In winter, when the snow blurs all the contours in the landscape, Rabbit becomes 14 years old. His father Lorenzo decides that he is now old enough to carry the rifle that is passed down for generations from father to son. He is allowed to shoot his first deer. Father and son and his uncle drive deep inland into the mountains for a hunting trip. But the boy's rite de passage takes a disastrous and fatal turn.
Dutch expenditure: e.g.: writer, director, cast, crew, sound recordist, postproduction sound

The Kiev Files (documentary) has been granted a financial contribution of € 95,669
Script & Director: Walter Stokman
Dutch producer: Zeppers Film & TV
Logline: In Ukraine, the Soviet KGB archive with countless files containing reports of observations, has been made accessible to the public. What happens to you, once you find out that the state has been watching you for years? Based on various encounters with people who are confronted with their own dossier in the archive, the film sketches a time when the paranoia of the Soviet regime penetrated deep into the fibers of personal lives.
Dutch expenditure: e.g.: writer, director, DoP, sound recordist, postproduction sound, composer  

Misfit 2 (feature film) has been granted a financial contribution of € 259,792
Director: Erwin van den Eshof
Script: Karen van den Ende, Ernst Gonlag, Michel Bonset
Dutch producer: NewBe TV
Logline: A talented singer and her singer-songwriter boyfriend get the chance to represent their school in the biggest music competition for students, with a record deal as grand prize. But instead of fighting for a bright future together, they end up having to compete against one another. 
Dutch expenditure: e.g.: writer, director, cast, crew, shooting days, postproduction image and sound  

My Father's Silence (documentary) has been granted a financial contribution of € 136,561 
Script & Director: Aliona van der Horst
Dutch producer: Stichting Docmakers
Logline: Who were you before you became my father? Why did you keep silent? Is my life shaped by your past? After the death of her Tatar father, writer Sana Valiulina searches the past for his secret. 
Dutch expenditure: e.g.: writer, director, DoP, crew, shooting days, postproduction image and sound

Nayola (animated feature film) has been granted a financial contribution of € 165,000
Director: José Miguel Ribeiro (PT)
Script: Virgilio Almeida (PT)
Dutch co-producer: Il luster
Lead producer: Praça Filmes (PT)
Co-producers: S.O.I.L. (BE), JPL Films (FR)
Logline: During the Angola civil war Nayola is looking for the father of her child. In 2011, daughter Luana is fighting injustice and gets into trouble with authorities and her grandmother.
Dutch expenditure: e.g.: crew, lead animator, animation (part), composer

No Hay Camino - There is no Path (documentary) has been granted a financial contribution of € 103,676 
Director: Heddy Honigmann
Script: Kristien Hemmerechts (BE), Heddy Honigmann
Dutch producer: Pieter van Huystee Film & TV
Logline: A documentary about the filmmaker Heddy Honigmann; her life, her family and loved ones.
Dutch expenditure: e.g.: writer, director, crew, shooting days, postproduction image and sound

The Photo Camera (feature film) has been granted a financial contribution of € 333,200
Director: Viktor van der Valk
Script: Jeroen Scholten van Aschat
Dutch producer: Lemming Film
Logline: When a TV personality is robbed of her new photo camera, she exaggerates the story to get the most out of her insurance. However, when the young suspect unexpectedly gets arrested, this trivial lie ignites a chain reaction of unforeseen consequences that will know only losers in the end.  
Dutch expenditure: e.g.: writer, director, cast, crew, shooting days, postproduction image and sound

Playboy Priest (feature film) has been granted a financial contribution of € 541,151
Director: Arne Toonen
Script: Thomas van der Ree, Joost Reijmers
Dutch producer: Rinkel Film
Co-producers: HazazaH Pictures (NL), Samsa Film (LU), Ciné Cri de Coeur (BE)
Logline: After being educated at a 1970s seminary where you can sin as long as you’re really sorry, Koen Kusters moves easily between Sunday mass, brothel and bar. How can he warn his flock against life’s temptations, if he hasn’t experienced them himself? When he starts spending collection plate money on his partying with drugs and women, and selling off church treasures, it’s clear to everybody but Kusters that things have gotten out of control.
Dutch expenditure: e.g. writer, director, cast, crew, shooting days, editing

Project Gio (feature film) has been granted a financial contribution of € 168,991 
Director: Bas van Teylingen
Script: Michiel Peereboom
Dutch producer: Tom de Mol Productions
Co-producer: Online Cookie Collective (NL)
Logline: When Youtuber Gio's parents go on holiday, a party in their brand new home gets completely out of control and half the house burns down. Gio has two weeks to repair the house while he continues to upload videos as if nothing is wrong.
Dutch expenditure: e.g.: writer, director, DoP, cast, crew, shooting days, postproduction image and sound

Rookie (feature film) has been granted a financial contribution of € 110,055
Script & Director: Lieven van Baelen (BE)
Dutch co-producer: BALDR film
Lead producer: CZAR Film & TV (BE)
Co-producer: Versus Production (BE)
Logline: When a promising motorcyclist suddenly has to give up his dream, he pins all his hope on his nephew. He ends up on the verge of losing everything.
Dutch expenditure: e.g.: stunts, key hair & make up, VFX, postproduction image and sound

Rundfunk - Wachterjachter (feature film) has been granted a financial contribution of € 370,609 
Director: Rob Lücker
Script: Yannick van de Velde, Tom van Kalmthout
Dutch producer: NL Film & TV
Logline: The hard-working Wachterjachter (29) struggles to run the HIVO campsite without any assistance. The arrival of new employee Ronnie Bosboom Jr. (27), a worn-out ex-superstar, seems to be a blessing, but when it turns out that he is on the run, the duo must do everything they can to save the campsite from dangerous criminals. And all that told very funny.
Dutch expenditure: e.g.: writer, director, DoP, cast, crew, shootingdays, postproduction image and sound

Sophie 3 (feature film) has been granted a financial contribution of € 755,792
Director: Anne de Clercq
Script: Luuk van Bemmelen, Eddy Terstall
Dutch producer: KeyFilm
Co-producer: Millstreet Films (NL)
Logline: Soof finally seems to have her life back on track. She’s happy, her restaurant is booming and her kids are ready to leave the nest. As usual, Soof is trying to keep all balls in the air for everyone. Then she receives bad news. Meanwhile, her daughter Sascha comes home to introduce her fiancée. Soof gratefully embraces her daughter’s upcoming wedding as an excuse to bury her head in the sand. Soof must learn to accept help from her loved ones and that she is worthy of their concern.
Dutch expenditure: e.g.: writer, director, DoP, cast, crew, shootingdays, postproduction image and sound

The Way We Were (feature film) has been granted a financial contribution of € 61,645 
Director: Marten Persiel (DE)
Script: Marten Persiel, Aisha Prigann (DE)
Dutch co-producer: Windmill Film
Lead producer: Flare Film (DE)
Logline: In the year 2051, a young man, Ben, seeks truth about the mass extinction of species that has stripped the planet. A documentary fairy tale from the future, where fable meets scientific investigation to explore the wonders of nature and lost memories of a golden era — our own.
Dutch expenditure: e.g.: costume design, key hair & make up, crew, sound recordist,

High-end TV-series:

Camp Kookiness * (drama) has been granted a financial contribution of € 419,416
Director: Arne Toonen
Script: Anne Barnhoorn
Episodes: 8 x 25 minutes
Dutch producer: NL Film & TV
Logline: A delightful musical comedy about a group of seven diverse children at summer camp. Every one of them tries to disguise their problems, but at the nature camp everyone is forced to go back to basics. Under the supervision of forest rangers Ben and Ben the children eventually come closer to themselves and to each other.
Dutch expenditure: e.g.: writer, director, DoP, cast, crew, shooting days, postproduction image and sound

In Memoriam (drama) has been granted a financial contribution of € 593,570
Director: Michiel van Erp
Script: Hugo Heinen
Episodes: 4 x 50 minutes
Dutch producer: De Familie
Logline: It’s the year 1991. The timid, precocious, provincial, tough young writer Connie Palmen (36) truly falls in love for the first time. With the bruised but brilliant and funny, famous intellectual journalist Ischa Meijer (47) who completely surrenders himself again to a great love, but this time it is forever. An intense, romantic, tenacious and public love affair is born in which Connie tries to understand Ischa’s unfathomable character. And then Ischa suddenly dies…
Dutch expenditure: e.g.: writer, director, DoP, cast, crew, shooting days, postproduction image and sound 

IRA: The Dutch Connection (drama) has been granted a financial contribution of € 963,259
Script & Director: Willem Bosch, Pieter Kuijpers
Episodes: 4 x 50 minutes
Dutch producer: Pupkin Film
Logline: Early nineties, the southern part of the Netherlands is startled by IRA attacks aimed at British soldiers. Soon detective Sjoerd Maes not only fights against terrorists, but also against international bureaucracy and opposing intelligence services. He realizes he will have to solve this situation with his local team. But how?
Dutch expenditure: e.g.: writer, director, DoP, cast, crew, shooting days, postproduction image and sound

The Sad Champion (documentary series) has been granted a financial contribution of € 141,202
Script & Director: Sander Burger
Episodes: 3 x 50 minutes
Dutch producer: Bind & Willink
Logline: Ten-time pingpong champion, womanizer and successful entrepreneur Robert Hosé became the role model of a new, self-aware generation of black Antilleans in the early 1970s on Curacao. We gain insight into the myth and the turbulent life of Hosé that leads past highs and lows of his life and the island and its relation with The Netherlands, which are closely intertwined.
Dutch expenditure: e.g.: writer, director, DoP, cast, crew, shootingdays, postproduction image and sound

US (drama) has been granted a financial contribution of € 104,720
Director: Geoffrey Sax (SE)
Script: David Nicholls (UK)
Episodes: 4 x 60 minutes
Dutch co-producer: 100% Halal Productions
Lead producer: Drama Republic (UK)Co-producer: Bandstand Productions (UK)
Logline: Us tells the story of Douglas and Connie Peterson, a couple whose marriage is on the rocks. When they go on a family grand tour of European cities, Douglas sees it as a last bid to win back the loveof his wife, and repair his troubled relationship with his son.
Dutch expenditure: e.g. crew, shootingdays

* Re-submitted application

Upcoming application round 2019

The next application round for Netherlands Film Production Incentive for both film productions and high-end TV series is August 27, 2019. The Netherlands Film Production Incentive offers a financial contribution in the form of a cash rebate on the qualifying production costs that are demonstrably spent in the Netherlands.

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filmstill: Nayola