Netherlands Film Production Incentive invests € 6.9 million in 13 new productions and 2 high-end TV-series

11/12/2019

In the fourth round of the Netherlands Film Production Incentive of 2019 contributions were made to 15 productions for a total amount of € 6.9 million. These include 12 feature films, 1 animated feature film, 1 drama series and 1 documentary series, including 10 international co-productions.
These contributions will generate more than € 24.8 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 BO about the 20-year-old Bo, who encounters truck driver Levan while visiting her father’s grave. The feature Lucy goes Gangsta was also granted Production Incentive, in which happy-go-lucky, loveable Lucy (10) decides to rob a bank. And the magical-realistic film Narcosis, in which a mother and her two children try to avoid the death of their husband and father in their own peculiar way, was also granted incentive.

All projects backed by the Netherlands Film Production Incentive in the fourth round of 2019 are:

Benelux (feature film)
has been granted a financial contribution of € 354,392
Director: Christian Tafdrup (DK)
Script: Mads Tafdrup & Christian Tafdrup (DK)
Dutch co-producer: OAK Motion Pictures
Lead producer: Profile Pictures (DK)
Logline: On vacation in Tuscany, an ordinary Danish family befriends a family from the Netherlands. But when they come to visit their new friends one weekend something doesn’t seem to be quite right. A film that explores the space between the absurd drama and the horror film.
Dutch expenditure: e.g. shooting days, cast, costume designer, key hair & make-up, crew, post production, VFX, composer, sound recordist, post production supervisor

BO (feature film)
has been granted a financial contribution of € 75,000
Director: Joost van Ginkel
Script: Joost van Ginkel
Dutch producer: PRPL
Co-producers: Savage Film (BE), Natura Film (GE)
Logline: 20-year-old BO encounters truck driver Levan while visiting her father’s grave. Their heartfelt connection turns out to be inescapable and when the truth about their pasts starts to unravel, their bond appears to be much stronger than they could have ever imagined.
Dutch expenditure: e.g. script, director, cast, costume designer, crew, post production, VFX, animation, audiopost, composer, editor, sound recordist, post production supervisor.

Bon Bini Holland 3 (feature film)
has been granted a financial contribution of € 712,689
Director: Jonathan Herman
Script: Michel Bonset
Dutch producer: Kaap Holland Film
Logline: In Bon Bini Holland 3, Robertico is causing a lot of hilarious trouble by posing as the owner of FC Kip to impress Zoë, a successful lawyer for Lickin’ Chicken, an American fast food giant which wants to take over FC Kip. Bon Bini Holland 3 is the third part of the successful Bon Bini films in which all the popular characters return to the big screen. Three times as funny, three times as romantic and three times as much onbeskofte action!
Dutch expenditure: e.g. script, director, shooting days, DoP, production designer, cast, costume designer, key hair & make-up, crew, post production, VFX, animation, audiopost, composer, editor, sound recordist, post production supervisor.

Costa 2021 (feature film)
has been granted a financial contribution of € 554,868
Director: Jon Karthaus
Script: Jon Karthaus, Diederik Jekel
Dutch producer: NL Film & TV
Logline: Best friends Anna and Bibi can’t wait to go on holiday to legendary nightclub The Costa, where Anna’s mother found true love two decades ago. But instead of beach parties, boys and romance they find a snake pit where friendships are not what they seem.
Dutch expenditure: script, director, DoP, production designer, cast, costume designer, key hair & make-up, image post production, composer, editor, sound recordist.

Lucy Goes Gangsta (feature film)
has been granted a financial contribution of € 193,000
Director: Till Endemann (DE)
Script: Till Endemann, Andreas Cordes (DE)
Dutch co-producer: Phanta Film
Lead producer: Indi Film (DE)
Co-producer: BosBros
Logline: Happy-go-lucky, loveable LUCY (10) has decided to rob a bank. A few weeks ago, she wouldn’t even have jaywalked. But extreme situations call for extreme measures and so Lucy becomes Lucyfer, a true angel straight out of hell…
Dutch expenditure: e.g. costume designer, composer, sound post production, gaffer, grip

Methusalem (feature film)
has been granted a financial contribution of € 339,607
Director: Floor van der Meulen
Script: Bastiaan Kroeger
Dutch producer: Keplerfilm
Co-producers: Staragara (SI), Ground (RS)
Logline: When Iris (29) completely unexpectedly hears from her father Jan (74) that he has had enough of life, she is forced to face the absurdity of the situation. As his unsettling deadline approaches, Iris decides to ignore the oiled action plan of her family. She kidnaps Jan to the snow-covered mountains of Slovenia, to find herself a way to deal with her father’s last wish.
Dutch expenditure: e.g. script, director, shooting days, DoP, production designer, cast, costume designer, key hair & make-up, crew, post production, VFX, audiopost, componist, editor, sound recordist, post production supervisor

Narcosis (feature film)
has been granted a financial contribution of € 364,080
Director: Martijn de Jong
Script: Laura van Dijk, Martijn de Jong
Dutch producer: OAK Motion Pictures
Logline: Magical-realistic film in which a mother and her two children try to avoid the death of their husband and father in their own peculiar way.
Dutch expenditure: e.g. script, director, shooting days, DoP, production designer, cast, costume designer, key hair & make-up, crew, post production, VFX, composer, editor, sound recordist, post production supervisor

Poison (feature film)
has been granted a financial contribution of € 309,550
Director: Désirée Nosbusch (LU)
Script: Lot Vekemans
Dutch co-producer: Phanta Film
Lead producer: Deal Productions (LU)
Co-producer: In Good Company (DE)
Logline: A man and a woman are meeting after many years apart, at the graveyard where their son Jacob is buried.
Dutch expenditure: e.g. script, production designer, image post production, audiopost, composer, editor

Ritual (feature film)
has been granted a financial contribution of € 140,000
Director: Hans Herbots (BE)
Script: Carl Joos (BE)
Dutch co-producer: Phanta Film
Lead producer: Eyeworks Film & TV Drama (BE)
Logline: The discovery of a chopped-off hand in a Brussels canal forces Belgian police diver Kiki to face deep guilt from the past, her own and her country’s.
Dutch expenditure: e.g. key hair & make-up, crew, audiopost, composer, sound recordist

Stillborn (feature film)
has been granted a financial contribution of € 64,000
Director: Olga Chajdas (PL)
Script: Lena Góra, Olga Chajdas (PL)
Dutch co-producer: Topkapi Films
Lead producer: Apple Film Production (PL)
Co-producer: Moloko Film (CZ)
Logline: Within Poland's alternative post-punk scene of the 80s, faced with an unwanted pregnancy, a disturbed, damaged and bi-polar young singer struggles to find connection with her mother.
Dutch expenditure: e.g. post production, post production supervisor

Two Little Toddlers: An Unforgettable Day (animated feature film)
has been granted a financial contribution of € 745,003
Director: Wip Vernooij
Script: Marc Veerkamp
Dutch producer: Nuts & Bolts Film Company
Co-producers: Vosound Records, Submarine Animation
Logline: In this enchanting musical adventure, the small but brave toddlers Anna and Joey discover everything about the big world and themselves as they search for the escaped goat named Hap.
Dutch expenditure: script, director, studio in NL, production designer, animation, composer

Zeppos, the Mercator Trail (feature film)
has been granted a financial contribution of € 257,685
Director: Douglas Boswell (BE)
Script: Wouter Van Haver (BE)
Dutch co-producer: Phanta Basta!
Lead producer: Eyeworks Film & TV Drama (BE)
Logline: After receiving the inheritance of his missing dad, Benjamin and his fellow student Slien find themselves on a quest for the Golden Fleece. They get unexpected help from old Zeppos. Benjamin and Zeppos clash in every way, but thanks to the peacemaking Slien it is Zeppos who leads Benjamin to something far more valuable than the Golden Fleece.
Dutch expenditure: e.g. DoP, cast, key hair & make-up, crew, VFX, audiopost, sound recordist

Zillion (feature film)
has been granted a financial contribution of € 356,938
Director: Robin Pront (BE)
Script: Kevin Meul, Robin Pront (BE)
Dutch co-producer: Millstreet Films
Lead producer: FBO Film (BE)
Logline: Zillion tells the epic story of the rise and fall of the country’s biggest disco ever. In an age when ‘the sky was the limit’, in a universe where sex & drugs, techno and most of all loads of money circulate freely, the protagonists go in search of fame and kicks, alongside respect and love. The stuff money can’t buy.
Dutch expenditure: e.g. cast (supporting role), key hair & make-up, crew, post production, VFX, composer, sound recordist, post production supervisor

High-end TV-series:

The Story of The Netherlands (documentary series)
has been granted a financial contribution of € 1,249,903
Director: Niek Koppen, Lourens Blok
Script: Maarten van der Duin
Episodes: 10 x 50 minutes
Dutch producer: Pupkin Film
Co-producer: Tuvalu Media (NL)
Logline: The Story of The Netherlands tells in ten documentary episodes how The Netherlands has become the country that it is today. It is an epic journey through the time of prehistoric times to the present day, past the all-determining events and people that have shaped the Netherlands.
Dutch expenditure: e.g. script, director, shooting days, DoP, cast, costume designer, key hair & make-up, crew, post production, composer

Van der Valk (season 2) (drama series)
has been granted a financial contribution of € 1,188,284
Director: t.b.c.
Script: Chris Murray (UK)
Episodes: 3 x 90 minutes
Dutch producer: NL Film & TV
Lead producer: Company Televison Limited (UK)
Logline: Street smart and unapologetic Dutch detective navigates the lively and enigmatic city of Amsterdam, solving mysterious crimes using astute human observation and inspired detection.
Dutch expenditure: e.g. director, shooting days, cast (supporting role), DoP, production designer, costume designer, key hair & make-up, crew, post production, VFX, composer

The next application round for Netherlands Film Production Incentive for both film productions and high-end TV series is February 3, 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.