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The Netherlands Film Fund invests €5.9 million in 21 new productions

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- The big winners during the body’s latest round of funding were the drama series The Life and Laura H., as well as Saskia Diesing and Ben Verbong’s new fiction features

The Netherlands Film Fund invests €5.9 million in 21 new productions
Director Giancarlo Sanchez, who has received €1,169,063 for his 8x50' drama series The Life

During the first round of the 2021 Netherlands Film Production Incentive, contributions were made to 21 new productions, for a total of €5.9 million. The new supported projects include 12 fiction features, five documentary features, two drama series and two documentary series, including nine international co-productions. These contributions are set to generate over €24 million in production expenditure in the Netherlands.

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The grant of the biggest magnitude was bestowed upon Giancarlo Sanchez’s 8x50 drama series The Life (€1,169,063), staged by Topkapi TV, and penned by Chris Westendorp, Ashar Medina and Wander Theunis. The other drama series awarded funding was Mustafa Duygulu’s 6x45-50 Laura H. (€611,982), produced by De Familie and Belgium’s Mockingbird Productions. Meanwhile, the two non-fiction series in receipt of the agency’s bursaries were Max Moszkowicz’s 4x35 Lost Angels (€65,570, produced by Pieter van Huystee Film & TV) and Koen Mortier’s 10x50 Voices of Liberation (€110,371, staged by NL Film & TV and Belgian outfit Czar Film & TV).

Among the feature-length productions, the big winners during this slate of funding were Saskia Diesing’s war drama Lost Transport (€554,234, co-produced by KeyFilm and Amour Fou Luxembourg) and Ben Verbong’s drama When I Saw You (€572,713, staged by Nuts & Bolts Film Company). Lost Transport is set in the spring of 1945 and follows a deportation train carrying hundreds of Jewish prisoners stranded near a small German village occupied by the Red Army. Condemned to remain among one another, and in a context of deep mistrust, desperation and revenge, an unexpected friendship is forged between Russian sniper Vera, village girl Winnie and Dutch Jewish woman Simone. Meanwhile, When I Saw You centres on a happily married actress who is confronted with the depression of her husband, also a famous actor. She makes every effort to keep her loving family together, but in the end she cannot save him.

Other fiction features backed by the body were Valerie Bisscheroux’s drama Anne+ (€463,229, a Millstreet Films production), Jacqueline van Vugt’s drama Crossing (€228,533, produced by Revolver Amsterdam, Belgium’s A Private View and Croatia’s Jaako Dobra Produkcija), Hala Elkoussy’s dystopian tale East of Noon (€63,969, staged by Dutch firms seriousFilm and VRIZA in co-operation with Egyptian outfit Nu’ta Films), Pim van Hoeve’s drama Julia’s Tango (€223,910, produced by 2CFILM), Appie Boudellah’s new project Love Without Boundaries (€201,127, produced by AM Pictures), Jos Stelling’s tragicomic love story Natasha’s Dance (€441,728, produced by Fatt Productions and Germany’s Ma.ja.de Fiction), Yasmine Benkiran’s adventure drama Queens (€51,802, staged by KeyFilm, France’s Petit Film, Morocco’s Mont Fleuri Productions and Belgium’s Need Productions), Domien Huyghe’s drama Sea Sparkle (€169,142, produced by Viking Film, Belgium’s A Private View and Croatia’s Nukleus Film), Sia Hermanides’ coming-of-age story White Berry (€327,643, produced by Family Affair Films) and Diede in ’t Veld’s drama Whitestar 2 (€220,000, a 2CFILM production).

Finally, the five documentary feature projects backed by the organisation are Barbara Visser’s Alreadymade (€145,007, produced by Tomtit Film), Ramon Gieling’s L’Amour/La Mort (€86,722, a DOXY production), Wim van der Aar’s Journey to the Northern Lights (€95,737, staged by Submarine Docs and Belgian firm Savage Film), Rolf Orthel’s The Pleasure of Creating (€61,110, a Doc.Eye Film production) and Carmen CobosThe Royal Republic (€90,440, produced by Cobos Films).

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