Netherlands Film Production Incentive invests € 5.2 million in 11 new productions and 6 high-end tv-series

Netherlands Film Production Incentive invests € 5.2 million in 11 new productions and 6 high-end tv-series

In the third round of the Netherlands Film Production Incentive of 2019 contributions were made to 17 productions for a total amount of € 5.2 million. These include 7 feature films, 4 feature length documentaries, 3 animated series and 3 documentary series, including 12 international co-productions.

These contributions will generate more than € 20.5 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 feature My Best Friend Anne Frank about the never before told true story of Hannah Goslar, her special friendship with Anne Frank and her 3 life-threatening trips in Bergen Belsen to try to save her best friends life. The documentary series Human Playground was also granted Production Incentive, a tribute to sporting and playing people around the globe in the 21st century. Also the 3D computer animated series Head Together was granted Incentive. The series by Oscar-nominated Job, Joris and Marieke tells the story of three friends who, because of a magical washing machine, have the capability to swap heads.

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Projects backed by this rounds Netherlands Film Production Incentive:

Club Heaven (documentary) has been granted a financial contribution of € 61,971
Director: Jona Honer
Script: Jona Honer
Dutch producer: BALDR Film
Co-producer: Clin d'oeil films (BE)
Logline: If capitalism was a religion, Chinese Electronic Dance Music Clubs would be its places of worship. In these clubs, a materialistic ritual unfolds which celebrates and honors the values of money and status. Through close observation of the people in the club for one evening – one service – we see how materialism enters the spiritual domain.
Dutch expenditure: e.g. script, director, DoP, VFX, audiopost, composer

Cool Abdoul (feature film) has been granted a financial contribution of € 216,861
Director: Jonas Baeckeland (BE)
Script: Jonas Baeckeland (BE)
Dutch co-producer: N279 Entertainment
Lead producer: Potemkino Port (BE)
Co-producer: Beluga Tree (BE)
Logline: Ismail Abdoul, a young and promising boxer, gradually gets caught in a web of wrong choices. He will have to fight the ultimate match, against himself.
Dutch expenditure: e.g. shooting days in NL, DoP, editor, cast (supporting role), sound recordist, postproduction supervisor, crew, audiopost, composer

Dealer (feature film) has been granted a financial contribution of € 155,000
Director: Jeroen Perceval (BE)
Script: Jeroen Perceval (BE)
Dutch co-producer: The Film Kitchen
Lead producer: Savage Film (BE)
Co-producer: Tarantula (BE)
Logline: A lost young man experiments with drugs in Antwerp, but - thanks to a famous older actor he is dealing for - the main character simultaneously discovers that he has a true talent for acting and he makes his first steps into the theatre world.
'Dealer' is a beautiful story about family, trust, and about life's opportunities: how to ditch them or how to make the most of them.
Dutch expenditure: e.g. production designer, cast (supporting role), costume designer, crew, post production 

General Off-Duty (documentary) has been granted a financial contribution of € 87,952
Director: Geertjan Lassche
Script: : Geertjan Lassche
Dutch producer: DOXY
Dutch expenditure: e.g. script, director, DoP, complete post production, editor, sound recordist 

Haram (feature film) has been granted a financial contribution of € 325,800
Director: Shariff Nasr
Script: Philip Delmaar, Shariff Nasr
Dutch producer: Bind & Willink
Logline: Tragicomedy about Karim returning to his parental home to tell his parents that he loves men. After years of keeping up appearances, the word is out. He must break the silent culture in the family by confronting. At the same time, he must come to terms with himself before he can expect acceptance.
Dutch expenditure: e.g. script, director, shooting days in NL, DoP, production designer, cast, costume designer, key hair & make-up, crew, post production image and sound, composer, editor, sound recordist, post production supervisor

The Last Ride of the Wolves (feature film) has been granted a financial contribution of € 97,200
Director: Alberto de Michele
Script: Alberto de Michele, Simone de Rita
Dutch producer: 100% Halal Productions
Co-producer: Jolefilm (IT)
Logline: My father is an Italian criminal in his seventies who lost everything through gambling. When he told me about his retirement plan, to rob an armored truck transporting pension money to bank branches in the north of Italy, I decided to follow the preparations of the heist.
Dutch expenditure: e.g. script, director, DoP, crew, editor, post production supervisor, complete post production

Untitled project (documentary) has been granted a financial contribution of € 105,663
Director: Rosa Boesten
Script: Rosa Boesten
Dutch co-producer: Docmakers

My Best Friend Anne Frank (feature film) has been granted a financial contribution of € 654,131
Director: Ben Sombogaart
Script: Paul Ruven
Dutch producer: Fatt Productions
Co-producers: Talent United (NL), Artbox (LT)
Logline: The never before told true story of Hannah Goslar and her special friendship with Anne Frank. Eventually young Hannah made 3 life-threatening trips in Bergen Belsen to try to save her best friend Anne Frank.
Dutch expenditure: e.g. script, director, shooting days in NL, DoP, cast, crew, post production, VFX, audio post production, composer, editor, post production supervisor

My Father is an Airplane (feature film) has been granted a financial contribution of € 553,031
Director: Antoinette Beumer
Script: Maaik Krijgsman
Dutch producer: Topkapi Films
Co-producer: Menuetto Film (BE)
Logline: When Eva’s mother unexpectedly dies, the life of Eva turns out to be built on secrets and lies. The fear of losing her mind, just like her father, becomes more and more threatening and Eva starts a quest for her past to face her demons.
Dutch expenditure: e.g. script, director, shooting days in NL, DoP, production design, costume design, key hair&make-up, cast, crew, complete post production, editor, post production supervisor

Raspberries with Mustard* (feature film) has been granted a financial contribution of € 90,900
Director: Ruth Olshan (DE)
Script: Heike Fink, Ruth Olshan (DE)
Dutch co-producer: Phanta Film
Lead producer: Zischlermann Filmproduction (DE)
Co-producers: Amour Fou Luxembourg (LU), Turnus Film (CH)
Logline: Meeri Ehrlich has a couple of problems: she is in love – but with the wrong guy. Her mother died not too long ago, she is growing up with her father who is an undertaker - and now looking for a new woman to share his life with. And Meeri can fly, when she is in love. A state, that opens new perspectives to her and life in general.
Dutch expenditure: e.g. costume designer, audiopost, composer 

The Waste Land (documentary) has been granted a financial contribution of € 74,429
Director: Chris Teerink
Script: Chris Teerink
Dutch producer: Doc.Eye Film
Co-producer: Associate Directors (BE)
Logline: The poem The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot opens a world full of uncertainty. The film is a quest for the mystery of this text that has been stirring the minds for almost a hundred years. A cinematic journey told in photos, through different main characters and places, slowly but surely leads to an inevitable conclusion ... 
Dutch expenditure: e.g. script, director, DoP, editor, sound recordist

High-end TV-series:
Human Playground (documentary series) has been granted a financial contribution of € 460,219
Director: Tomas Kaan
Script: Maarten Hoedemaekers
Episodes: 5 x 50 minutes
Dutch producer: NL Film & TV
Co-producers: Totem Media (NL), LoreLore Productions (NL)
Logline: Idris Elba’s Human Playground is a documentary series portraying the universal need to play. For the first time, modern and traditional sports come together in a documentary series unlike any other. It’s Planet Earth meets Human Planet, in an edge-of-your-seat overview of humankind striving for physical greatness and epic exhilaration.
Dutch expenditure: e.g. director, DoP, crew, complete post production, composer

Head Together (animated series) has been granted a financial contribution of € 308,005
Director: Joris Oprins, Marieke Blaauw, Job Roggeveen
Script: Lotte Tabbers, Luuk van Bemmelen
Episodes: 12 x 10 minutes
Dutch producer: Viking Film
Co-producer: Job, Joris & Marieke (NL)
Logline: Head Together is a 3D computer animated series for children about three friends who, because of a magical washing machine, have the capability to swap heads. Because of this the three friends get into all kinds of humoristic situations where they need to learn how to put oneself in someone else’s position.
Dutch expenditure: e.g. script, director, crew, complete animation and post production, composer

Rusty 2 (animated series) has been granted a financial contribution of € 167,400
Director: Beast Animation (BE)
Script: Fiona van Heemstra, Fabie Hulsebos
Episodes: 26 x 5 minutes
Dutch producer: Lemming Film
Co-producer: Mockingbird Productions (BE)
Logline: The television series tells the story of the Fox Terrier Rintje, a stubborn puppy who explores the world in a playful way. Under the approving eye of his sweet mom and wise grandma, Rintje plunges into the craziest adventures every week. Accompanied by his friends Tobias and Henriette, mischievous antics and jokes are never far away.
Dutch expenditure: e.g. script, composer, cast (voices) 

The Singh Case* (documentary series) has been granted a financial contribution of € 176,777
Director: Hans Pool
Script: Hans Pool
Episodes: 4 x 45 minutes
Dutch producer: Submarine Docs
Logline: The Singh Case is a complex and gripping true crime story. It follows the tragedy of a Dutch family drama that took place in Los Angeles in 1983. The series brings an exciting investigation into the murder and the circumstances under which the now 74-year-old Jaitsen Singh was convicted.
Dutch expenditure: e.g. script, director, DoP, crew, complete post production, composer 

Undone Season II * (animated series) has been granted a financial contribution of € 1,500,000
Director: Hisko Hulsing
Script: Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Kate Purdy (US)
Episodes: 8 x 22 minutes
Dutch co-producer: Submarine
Lead producer: The Tornante Company (US)
Logline: In Season 2 of the 8-part series Undone, we again follow Alma as she is entering different realities and has new problems to overcome.
Dutch expenditure: e.g. director, animation

Seeds of Deceit (documentary series) has been granted a financial contribution of € 179,474
Director: Miriam Guttmann
Script: Miriam Guttmann
Episodes: 3 x 45 minutes
Dutch producer: De Familie
Logline: In the 80s and 90s, fertility doctor Jan Karbaat impregnated over 40 women with his own semen. But before Karbaat could be interrogated, he died.
Dutch expenditure: e.g. script, director, shooting days in NL, DoP, complete post production 

* Re-submitted application

Upcoming application round 2020
The next application round for Netherlands Film Production Incentive for both film productions and high-end tv series is February 3, 2020. 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.