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Netherlands Film Fund

The Netherlands Film Fund is the national agency responsible for supporting film production and film related activities in the Netherlands and abroad.
Its focus is to develop and strengthen Dutch cinema and film industry both domestically and internationally.

The two main funding schemes:


1. selective funding

The Netherlands Film Fund supports minority co-productions for feature films, documentaries, (short) animation and interactive and immersive media productions.
We focus on creative co-productions with a strong artistic and international appeal and substantial creative Dutch input.

How much can be applied for:

  • Up to 250,000 euro for a feature film or feature animation film.
  • Up to 50,000 euro for a feature length documentary, short animation or interactive and immersive media production.

How to access and primary conditions:

  • Applications must be submitted by a production company that has operated consistently in the area of production and release in the Netherlands, the EU, EEA or Switzerland, for at least 2 years.
  • The applicant is legally represented by a producer who, as majority producer, was responsible for at least 1 film production feature, animation film or feature length documentary) which has been theatrically released in the Netherlands.
  • The grant must be fully spent on Dutch services, cast and crew.
  • The Dutch share totals at least 10% of the production costs, including a possible Dutch share from Eurimages.
  • A theatrical release in the country of origin of the main producer is required.
  • At least 50% of the financing from the country of origin of the main producer should be committed upon application.

2. film production incentive

- feature films
- animated features
- documentaries

How much can be applied for:

  • The grant can go up to 1.5M euro per film and is determined by the eligible production costs to be directly spent on parties subject to Dutch taxation, multiplied by 35%.

How to access and primary conditions:

  • Applications must be submitted by a production company that has operated consistently in the area of production and release in the Netherlands, the EU, EEA or Switzerland, for at least 2 years.
  • The applicant is legally represented by a producer who, as majority producer, was responsible for at least 1 film production over the past 7 years which has been theatrically released in the Netherlands.
  • The Netherlands is one of the countries of origin among the co-producers.
  • For feature films and feature length animated films the minimum production budget is 1.000,000 euro and for feature length documentaries 250,000 euro.
  • At least 50% of the financing should be committed upon application.
  • A minimum eligible spend of 150,000 euro is required.
  • The film production should be completely financed within 6 months of the Fund’s decision on an application.
  • 30% advance payment of the contribution is possible after signing the production agreement.
  • Eligible applications are ranked based on a points system, a minimum of 75 points out of 210 is required.
  • For Dutch minority co-productions a theatrical release in the country of origin of the main producer and at least a nontheatrical release in the Netherlands is required.
  • Applying for only post-production activities is also possible

- series & single episodes

budget for series only is € 11.5M for two rounds in 2022

How much can be applied for:

  • The maximum grant 1.5M euro per TV series is determined by the eligible production costs to be directly spent on parties subject to Dutch taxation, multiplied by 35%
  • The applicant is legally represented by a producer who, as majority producer, was responsible for at least 1 high end series or single episode or 1 film production over the past 7 years
  • These television series must have been distributed by Dutch broadcasting or by video on demand platforms publicly accessible in the Netherlands
  • The Netherlands is one of the countries of origin among the co-producers
  • At least 50% of the financing should be committed by third parties upon application

How to access and primary conditions:

  • Applications can be submitted by a production company that has operated consistently in the area of production and release in the Netherlands, the EU, EEA or Switzerland, for at least 2 years
  • A minimum eligible spend of 15% of the total production budget is required
  • The series should be completely financed within 6 months of the Fund’s decision upon an application
  • Eligible applications are ranked, based on a points system. A minimum of 75 points out of 210 is required
  • A series must be distributed by Dutch broadcasting or by video on demand platforms publicly accessible in the Netherlands
  • Even after shooting is completed, application is possible for postproduction activities


    for more info please contact: info@filmcommission.nl

The Film Fund runs 12 different international selective funding schemes, read here

Netherlands Film Commission

The Netherlands Film Commission is a division of the Film fund and is the national liaison between the Dutch creative media industries, foreign producers and production companies in the Netherlands.
Your general resource for all film related inquiries such as locations, permits and Dutch incentive and production companies.
We are your matchmaker and can advise on financing possibilities of the Film Fund, including the cash rebate.

What more does the Netherlands offer international producers and production companies?

free exploration & location support

We offer free exploration & location support to international productions.

International producers that have been in contact with the Netherlands Film Commissioner about a concrete plan and consider to shoot or postproduce in the Netherlands are in the position to apply for financial support for the research of their plan. We offer active deployment of staff to explore production options such as location scout, line producer and postproduction supervisor including visists to qualified production companies, postproduction facilities, local transport and accommodation. To apply send an email to the Film Commission.

  • no-nonsense English speaking workforce
  • top notch equipment , studios and VFX & postproduction facilities
  • virtual production studios
  • largest exterior fresh water stage in Europe
  • a great variety of amazing locationsf
  • famous Dutch Light
  • personal support

to apply for free exploration & location support contact the Film Commission here