Netherlands Film Production Incentive invests € 6.8 million in 13 new productions and 2 high-end TV-series

31/03/2020

In the first round of the Netherlands Film Production Incentive of 2020 contributions were made to 15 productions for a total of € 6.8 million. These include 11 feature films, 2 documentaries, and 2 drama series, including 4 international co-productions. These contributions will generate more than € 24 million in production expenses in the Netherlands across the entire spectrum of Dutch film professionals and film companies. 

In this round, a contribution was made a.o. to the feature Sleep about a father who goes on a journey after his daughter was violently killed. He imagines that she will travel with him. Slowly he loses all grip on reality. The feature Captain Nova was also granted Production Incentive: in 2050, the earth is in such a bad condition that fighter pilot Nova is instructed to travel back to the year 2025 and prevent a disastrous environmental disaster.

All projects backed by the Netherlands Film Production Incentive in the first round of 2020 are:

Black Lotus (feature film) has been granted a financial contribution of € 1,500,000
Director: Todor Chapkanov (BG)
Script: Tad Daggerhart (US)
Dutch co-producer: Tom de Mol Productions
Lead producer: Capstone Group LLC (US)
Logline: When his godchild Angie is kidnapped by Albanian mafia, former special Ops soldier Matteo Donner sets out on a high-octane, one-man war through Amsterdam to rescue her. 
Dutch expenditure: e.g. cast, production designer, sound recordist on set, sound designer, visual effects supervisor, colorist, composer, costume designer, make-up & hair, first AD, line producer, post-production supervisor

Captain Nova  (feature film) has been granted a financial contribution of € 479,553
Director: Maurice Trouwborst
Script: Lotte Tabbers
Dutch producer: Keplerfilm
Logline: In 2050, the earth is in such a bad condition that fighter pilot Nova (37) is instructed to travel back to the year 2025 and prevent a disastrous environmental disaster.
Dutch expenditure: script, director, cast

Casanova’s (feature film) has been granted a financial contribution of € 225,212
Director: Jamel Aattache
Script: Jamel Aattache
Dutch producer: 2CFILM
Logline: Casanova's is a romantic comedy about an insecure journalist who has to go undercover to expose a mysterious dating coach.
Dutch expenditure: e.g. script, director, cast

A House in Jerusalem (feature film) has been granted a financial contribution of € 46,763
Director: Muayad Alayan (PS)
Script: Rami Alayan, Muayad Alayan (PS)
Dutch co-producer: KeyFilm
Lead producer: PalCine Productions (IL)
Co-producers: Heretic Films (GR), Red Balloon Film (DE)
Logline: Following her mother’s death, a Jewish-American girl is moved by her father from New York to Jerusalem in the hopes that a new beginning can help her heal from the painful past. But upon settling into an old house, she encounters the ghost of a Palestinian girl her age who got separated from her family in 1948. 
Dutch expenditure: e.g. production designer, visual effects supervisor, colorist, composer, post-production supervisor           

Just Say Yes (feature film) has been granted a financial contribution of € 222,400
Director: Appie Boudellah, Aram van de Rest
Script: Appie Boudellah, Mustapha Boudellah, Maarten van den Broek, Marie Kiebert
Dutch producer: AM Pictures
Logline: Lotte has been planning her perfect marriage for years. Everything is planned into minor detail. But there is one thing missing; the groom. Who got cold feet a few weeks before the wedding. Lotte moves in with her egocentric sister Estelle who all of a sudden gets proposed to by her boyfriend. Estelle manages to copy Lotte’s entire wedding plans and to cap it all she asks Lotte to be her wedding planner…
Dutch expenditure: e.g. director, script, cast, director of photography, editor, production designer, sound recordist on set, sound designer, visual effects supervisor, colorist, composer, costume designer, make-up & hair, first AD, line producer, post-production supervisor

Licemother The Movie (feature film) has been granted a financial contribution of € 656,269
Director: Ilse Warringa
Script: Ilse Warringa
Dutch producer: Johan Nijenhuis & Co
Co-producer: BING Film & TV (NL)
Logline: Children, teachers, and parents of a somewhat conservative primary school have to deal with a new young interim manager, who wants to digitize the school in such a way that teachers and classroom teaching seem unnecessary.
Dutch expenditure: e.g. director, script, cast, director of photography, editor, production designer, sound recordist on set, sound designer, visual effects supervisor, composer, costume designer, make-up & hair, first AD, line producer, post-production supervisor

Look What You Made Me Do (documentary) has been granted a financial contribution of € 114,917
Director: Coco Schrijber
Script: Coco Schrijber
Dutch producer: Witfilm
Logline: Luka is fighting for her life in a violent marriage. Four female killers, who murdered their husbands out of love, fear or rage, comment on her struggle. A film like a punch in the stomach about women as perpetrators, in contrast to women as eternal victims.  
Dutch expenditure: director, script, director of photography, editor, sound recordist, sound designer, composer, production manager, post-production supervisor

March (feature film) has been granted a financial contribution of € 125,044
Director: Constantin Hatz (AT)
Script: Constantin Hatz (AT)
Dutch co-producer: Isabella Films
Lead producer: Kinoscope Film (DE)
Co-producers: Witcraft Filmproduktion (AT), Domar Film (DE)
Logline: In a small, stagnating, semi-deserted village, whose remaining population is submerged in unemployment, obscurity, and despair, thirteen-year-old Daniel struggles to find meaning in the raw, forsaken nature around him and to bond with a few outcast human beings who seem to share his compassion.
Dutch expenditure: e.g. production designer, sound designer, make-up & hair, first AD, line producer, post-production supervisor

Meskina (feature film) has been granted a financial contribution of € 258,720
Director: Daria Bukvić
Script: Ernst Gonlag, Fadua El Akchaoui
Dutch producer: NewBe TV
Logline: When recently divorced Leyla (34) is labeled a ‘meskina’ by her family, she is determined to get rid of this undesirable image once and for all. She asks both her mother and sister to find her a man – without telling each of them that the other is also setting her up. Leyla starts dating two men at the same time and she quickly realizes that she has taken on more than she can handle.
Dutch expenditure: e.g. director, script, cast, line producer

Misfit 3 (feature film) has been granted a financial contribution of € 210,560
Director: Erwin van den Eshof
Script: Karen van den Ende, Brian de Vore
Dutch producer: NewBe TV
Logline: A new year has started at The Hoogland college. Rival groups the Misfits and the VIPs have become friends. Julia, Nick, and Sterre have signed a record deal and they are about to release their first single. But everything changes when the merge between Hoogland College and rival Olympus is announced on the first day of school.
Dutch expenditure: e.g. director, script, cast, director of photography, editor, line producer

Oh Father, I Don’t Want To Hate You (documentary) has been granted a financial contribution of € 52,871
Director: Dawood Hilmandi
Script: Dawood Hilmandi
Dutch producer: BALDR film
Logline: Years after he ran away from home as a boy to find freedom in the ‘West’, an Afghan‐Dutch filmmaker goes back to challenge himself and his authoritarian father, and questions him about the notion of freedom.
Dutch expenditure: e.g. director, script, cast, sound designer, composer, production manager, post-production supervisor

Pregnant & Co (feature film) has been granted a financial contribution of € 606,630
Director: Hans Somers
Script: Jacqueline Epskamp
Dutch producer: Johan Nijenhuis & Co
Logline: Pregnant & Co follows the single and pregnant obstetrician Merel and the rest of her family, all of whom are struggling with the trials of parenthood. Not everyone is lucky when it comes to love, yet everyone loves their children unconditionally. But what do you need to be a good parent?
Dutch expenditure: e.g. director, script, cast, director of photography, editor, production designer, sound recordist on set, sound designer, colorist, composer, costume designer, make-up & hair, first AD, line producer, post-production supervisor

Sleep. (feature film) has been granted a financial contribution of € 301,061
Director: Jan-Willem van Ewijk
Script: Jan-Willem van Ewijk
Dutch producer: The Film Kitchen
Co-producer: Savage Film (BE)
Logline: When Jacobs (48) American daughter Artis (15) is violently killed in a shooting, he refuses to accept her loss. He goes on a journey through America and imagines that she will travel with him. Slowly he loses all grip on reality.
Dutch expenditure: e.g. director, script, cast, director of photography, production designer, sound designer, visual effects supervisor, colorist, make-up & hair, first AD, line producer, post-production supervisor

High-end TV-series:

The Heir (drama series) has been granted a financial contribution of € 1,500,000
Director: Diederik van Rooijen (US)
Script: Rik D'hiet (BE)
Episodes: 8 x 50minutes
Dutch producer: Column Projects
Logline: 1969. Summer of love. When Alexander Münninghoff falls in love with the free-spirited Ellen, she confronts him with the repressed war past of his family. During an emotional, at times desperate, search for understanding and reconciliation with his sinister SS-father, authoritarian grandfather and long-lost mother, Alexander becomes a full-fledged husband, son, and father.
Dutch expenditure: e.g. director of photography, editor, production designer, sound recordist on set, visual effects supervisor, colorist, composer, costume designer, make-up & hair, first AD, line producer, post-production supervisor, post-production image and sound

Ninja Nanny - Season 2 (drama series) has been granted a financial contribution of € 508,080
Directors: Sia Hermanides, Alieke van Saarloos
Script: Alieke van Saarloos, Sia Hermanides
Episodes: 10 x 25  minutes
Dutch producer: The Storytellers Film & TV
Logline: Hunter manages, together with Christa, to bring the Ninjas the status of Superheroes – and next she has to confront Farah. In the meantime, Van der Kraai, like the dictator he is, is fighting a motor gang that plagues Gooidorp. One way or another, everybody is concerned with fatherhood. In her quest for her biological father, Hunter will discover amazing, and disturbing, facts...Dutch expenditure: e.g. director, script, cast, director of photography, editor, production designer, composer, costume designer, line producer

Upcoming application round 2020

The next application round for Netherlands Film Production Incentive for both film productions and high-end TV series is May 6, 2020. The Netherlands Film Production Incentive offers a financial contribution in the form of a cash rebate on the qualifying production costs that are demonstrably spent in the Netherlands.