Cannes 2014: Netherlands launches new film commission and production incentive
The Netherlands has launched a new film commission and a 30% production incentive. Announced in Cannes, the Netherlands Film Commission will promote the country’s production industry internationally, while the filming incentive has a fund of EUR20 million.
Movies and feature-length animations with production budgets of at least a million euros are eligible for incentive support, as are documentaries with budgets of EUR250,000 or more. Incentive support is capped at a million euros per production.
“The launch of the Film Production Incentive together with the film commission marks a significant step forward for the Netherlands on the international stage,” explained Doreen Boonekamp, Chief Executive Officer of the Netherlands Film Fund.
“We have highly qualified English-speaking professionals, a finely meshed infrastructure both physical and digital, as well as unique locations. Together with our open attitude towards co-production we have a lot to offer to the international industry. We trust this will give a boost to our international co-operation and exchange of creativity. ”
Added Jet Bussemaker, Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science: “The Netherlands has enormous potential when it comes to our creative industries, and the film and audiovisual sector in particular.
“The quality of our youth and family films, animation and documentaries, for example, are internationally recognised. The Netherlands is up to the challenge of playing a leading role within the international film and entertainment trade.”
Launching the new film commission and production incentive, Netherlands authorities want to tackle a dramatic long-term employment decline of nearly 17% in the nation’s production industry. This has contrasted sharply with growth of nearly 12% through the rest of Europe.
(Photo: Harriet Sanders)
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