AN IN­CREAS­INGLY AT­TRAC­TIVE PART­NER

Cannes Market News - - FOCUS - By Pa­trice Carré

SINCE THE CRE­ATION OF ITS OWN FI­NAN­CIAL EN­COUR­AGE­MENT SCHEME IN MAY 2014, THE COUN­TRY’S CINEMATOGRAPHIC IN­DUS­TRY, WHICH HAS BE­COME THE PART­NER OF CHOICE IN­TER­NA­TION­ALLY, HAS SEEN A 42% IN­CREASE IN PRO­DUC­TION VOL­UME – A GROWTH THAT IS ALSO PRESENT IN CIN­E­MAS

FOR Dutch cin­ema, 2015 has been an aus­pi­cious year, as much from an at­ten­dance point of view as a pro­duc­tion one. The Nether­lands Film Pro­duc­tion In­cen­tive (Nfpi) pro­gramme, which the Nether­lands Film Fund launched in May 2014, has had an in­stant pos­i­tive im­pact on the film in­dus­try. Last year, 80 projects shared a €17,3m fund­ing bud­get, thus cre­at­ing a re­turn on ex­penses of over €80m. Dur­ing the first ses­sion of 2016, twelve new projects re­ceived a com­bined €3,8m worth of fund­ing, and three other ses­sions are al­ready planned. Fund­ing is granted in the form of cash re­bates, al­low­ing pro­duc­ers to re­gain up to 30% of pro­duc­tion costs, up to a to­tal of €1m per project. In or­der to be el­i­gi­ble, the project’s bud­get must be more than €1m for fic­tion and an­i­mated films, and €250,000 for doc­u­men­taries. The vast ma­jor­ity of films that have been sup­ported this way are in­ter­na­tional co-pro­duc­tions.this fi­nan­cial in­cen­tive has had the al­most im­me­di­ate ef­fect of boost­ing the coun­try’s cin­ema in­dus­try. In two years, the vol­ume of pro­duc­tion has in­creased by 42%. “For some time now, a lot of Euro­pean coun­tries have cre­ated in­cen­tive sys­tems. It was time to im­ple­ment a sim­i­lar mea­sure for our pro­duc­ers,” sum­marised Doreen Boonekamp, the Di­rec­tor of the Nether­lands Film Fund. “Our mar­ket is nat­u­rally lim­ited, and our pro­fes­sion­als are in­cred­i­bly de­pen­dant on the in­ter­na­tional one. The fact that we can more eas­ily co-pro­duce now has al­lowed our in­dus­try fresh growth, which will, in turn, fa­cil­i­tate the dis­tri­bu­tion of our films on an in­ter­na­tional level. Fur­ther­more, we have en­sured the cre­ation of a mech­a­nism which can be im­ple­mented quickly and sim­ply.” At the same time, a sys­tem of selec­tive aid con­tin­ues to ex­ist. With €2,5m granted for 2016, it is aimed at sup­port­ing Dutch mi­nor­ity co-pro­duc­tions, in­clud­ing close col­lab­o­ra­tions with the Flan­ders Au­dio­vi­sual Fund (VAF), the Nor­we­gian Film In­sti­tute – only for doc­u­men­taries –, or the dis­tri­bu­tion of fic­tions and doc­u­men­taries be­yond Dutch bor­ders. The over­all in­crease in sup­port for cin­ema has gone hand in hand with the in­tro­duc­tion of a ju­di­cial frame­work aimed at fa­cil­i­tat­ing co-pro­duc­tions. At the 2015 Ber­li­nale, the Nether­lands signed a co-pro­duc­tion agree­ment with Ger­many, stip­u­lat­ing that films co-pro­duced be­tween th­ese two coun­tries would be con­sid­ered as na­tional films, thus hav­ing ac­cess to pub­lic grants on both sides of the

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