Written by Shona Smith on Jul 6, 2020. Posted in Incentive News

Steve McQueen project Occupied City and Donald Glover comedy Atlanta to film in the Netherlands

The latest round of the Netherlands Film Production Incentive 2020 has granted nineteen productions a total of EUR8.2 million. US Comedy series Atlanta has been supported with a EUR555,446 contribution. Steve McQueen documentary Occupied City, about Amsterdam under Nazi occupation during World War II has been granted a financial contribution of EUR1,375,323.

The third and fourth series of the FX series Atlanta created and starring Donald Glover (Solo: A Star Wars Story, The Lion King) will pick up with Atlanta rapper Paper Boi (Brian Tyree Henry) beginning a support slot on a European tour. FX network chairman John Landgraf has previously said that a proportion of the series will film outside the US. The dark comedy which films on location in Atlanta, Georgia also stars Lakeith Stanfield (Selma, Knives Out) and Zazie Beetz (Joker, Deadpool 2).

New Amsterdam Film Company is the Dutch co-producer alongside British lead producer Minim UK and Dutch expenditure includes make-up & hair, first AD and line producer.

Steve McQueen's (12 Years a Slave, Shame) documentary Occupied City is based on an illustrated history book Atlas of an Occupied City. Amsterdam 1940 – 1945 written by Bianca Stigter. The Dutch writer, historian and filmmaker has also written the script. Dutch expenditure on the project includes production designer, visual effects supervisor, colourist, composer and post production supervisor. Dutch producer Family Affair Films is working with UK co-producer Lammas Park.

The projects supported in this round includes eight feature films, six documentaries, three drama series and one animated series and twelve of the projects are international co-productions. It is estimated that supported projects will generate more the EUR35 million in production expenses in the Netherlands.

The Netherlands Film Incentive provides a cash rebate of up to 35% for film productions and 30% for high-end TV series on eligible production costs. There is a Feature films and feature length animations must have a minimum production budget of EUR600,000, and feature length documentaries a production budget of at least EUR250,000 to apply. High end TV drama series must have a minimum production budget of EUR12,000 per minute.

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