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PRODUCTION / FUNDING Netherlands

The Netherlands Film Fund invests €6.9 million in 15 new productions

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- In the fourth round of the 2019 Film Production Incentive, contributions were made to 12 features, one animated movie, one drama series and one documentary series

The Netherlands Film Fund invests €6.9 million in 15 new productions
Director Christian Tafdrup, who has received €354,392 worth of funding for his feature Benelux

The Netherlands Film Fund, the country's main film agency, has announced the recipients of its latest Film Production Incentive. The fourth slate of funding will support the making of 15 new audiovisual projects, including ten international co-productions. These contributions will generate over €24.8 million in production expenditure across the entire spectrum of the Dutch film industry.

The big winners of this slate of funding are two high-end TV series – namely, Niek Koppen and Lourens Blok's The Story of the Netherlands (€1,249,903), and the second season of Van der Valk (€1,188,284), the director of which is yet to be disclosed. The first project, penned by Marteen van der Duin, and co-produced by Pupkin Film and Tuvalu Media, is a ten-episode documentary series exploring how the Netherlands has become the country that it is today, from prehistoric times to the present day. The second series, penned by Chris Murray, and co-produced by NL Film & TV and British outfit Company Television Limited, follows the investigations of the smart and unapologetic titular Dutch detective.

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The only animated feature in receipt of support is Wip Vernooij's Two Little Toddlers: An Unforgettable Day (€745,003), co-produced by the firms Nuts & Bolts Film Company, Vosound Records and Submarine Animation. The flick is an enchanting musical adventure revolving around brave toddlers Anna and Joey, who discover everything about the world, and themselves, as they search for an escaped goat called Hap.

Finally, the 12 feature films that will benefit from the incentive are Christian Tafdrup's Benelux (€354,392, produced by Denmark's Profile Pictures and OAK Motion Pictures), Joost van Ginkel's BO (€75,000, produced by PRPL in co-operation with Belgian partners Savage Film and Natura Film), Jonathan Herman's Bon Bini Holland 3 (€712,689, staged by Kaap Holland Film), Jon Karthaus' Costa 2021 (€554,868, produced by NL Film & TV), Till Endemann's Lucy Goes Gangsta (€193,000, staged by German firm Indi Film in co-operation with Dutch outfits Phanta Film and BosBros), Floor van der Meulen's Methusalem (€339,607, produced by Keplerfilm with Slovenia's Staragara and Serbia's Ground), Martijn de Jong's Narcosis (€364,080, produced by OAK Motion Pictures), Désirée Nosbusch's Poison (€309,550, staged by Phanta Film in co-operation with Luxembourg's Deal Productions and Germany's In Good Company), Hans Herbots' Ritual (€140,000, produced by Phanta Film with Belgium's Eyeworks Film & TV Drama), Olga Chajdas' Stillborn (€64,000, staged by Topkapi Films in co-operation with Poland's Apple Film Production and the Czech Republic's Moloko Film), Douglas Boswell's Zeppos, the Mercator Trail (€257,685, produced by Phanta Basta! and Eyeworks Film & TV Drama) and Robin Pront's Zillion (€356,938, produced by Millstreet Films and Belgium's FBO Film).

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