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Thessa Mooij

  • Dutch fest fetes low budget and tax scheme titles


    The 21st edition of the Dutch Film Festival has ended with awards both for high profile tax scheme funded titles, and low-budget debuts. Holland's private investors can congratulate themselves on increasing budgets - and quality - for titles like the Frisian biopic Nynke, already a box office hit, and the literary adaptation The Cave.
  • Dutch film tax scheme changed again


    The Dutch government has announced an additional tranche of funding worth Euros 7m, to subsidise mid-range projects' marketing campaigns, as well as production support. At the same time, however, changes to the Dutch tax incentive scheme, mean that producers must now secure 50% of a film's budget (up from 30%) in order to qualify for tax breaks.
  • Dutch film fest is launch pad for new initiatives


    Holland's film season has kicked off with the 21st edition of the Dutch Film Festival in Utrecht (19-28 September) - opening with the tax-scheme funded feature The Cave, which had its world premiere at the World Cinema sidebar in Montreal. This year, the festival serves not only as a platform for Dutch films, but also as a launching pad for new initiatives.
  • Film By The Sea honours The Weight Of Water


    At the third edition of Film by the Sea (10-16 Sept) in the Dutch seaside town of Flushing, Katherine Bigelow's The Weight Of The Water picked up the Silver Mermaid award worth Euros 10,000.
  • Dutch Film By The Sea announces line-up


    The Dutch film season kicks off next week (10-16 October) with the third edition of the Film By The Sea international film festival in Flushing, Holland.
  • Dutch industry decries foreign use of tax breaks


    Just one week after the European Commission approved Holland's new tax break system (valid until 2003), the Federation of Film Interests - a union made up of screenwriters, directors, producers, actors and other professionals - has called for a regulation of the system. The federation is talking to policymakers and financiers about some of its criteria, which hitherto had been based on 'agreements', rather than clearly defined rules.
  • Flanders TV signs for Warner Bros. output


    Flanders' largest commercial TV company Vlaamse Media Maatschappij has signed a four-year output deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution.
  • Dutch dozen to feature at Netherlands project mart


    Twelve Dutch projects are to be showcased at the Netherlands Production Platform, the high profile production sidebar of the Dutch Film Festival (19-28 Sept).
  • The Cave opens Utrecht on young, local note


    Martin Koolhoven's The Cave (De Grot) is to open this year's Dutch Film Festival in Utrecht.
  • Netherlands proposes overhaul for tax incentives


    After months of uncertainty surrounding the future of the Dutch tax incentive scheme, policy-makers from the three government ministries involved have sent a proposal to parliament recommending the current film-friendly climate be preserved with the establishment of a new scheme offering even more generous incentives, but tempered by much tighter regulation. If approved, the system will come into place from January 2002.
  • Dutch bureaucracy floors film funds


    Policy makers from the Dutch ministries of finance and economic affairs have been quick to blame the slow bureaucratic machinery in Brussels, but when Labour politician and former documentary maker Hillie Molenaar started asking questions in parliament, it transpired that the Dutch bureaucrats had not even sent off its proposal to the European Commission.
  • New top dogs give added bark to Dutch industry


    The complexion of the Dutch film industry could be set for dramatic change following the appointment of new chiefs at all three of The Netherlands' major film institutions: the Dutch Film Fund, the Filmmuseum and the Maurits Binger Institute.
  • RCV's Buying Spree at AFM


    RCV Entertainment's Dirk de Lille returned from the AFM with a full shopping basket, bolstering his move to buy more mainstream U.S. fare than RCV was previously known for before he came on board last year.
  • Belgian fund boosts World Cinema


    After five years of lobbying, the organisers of the Bruges-based Cinema Novo fest for world cinema have secured commitment from the Belgian state to back the funding of films from the South (Africa, Asia, Latin America).
  • Ocean Warrior turns into beached whale


    Failure to secure a completion bond has grounded the biggest production in the history of Dutch cinema. With a $60 million budget, Ocean Warrior (a biopic of Greenpeace founder Paul Watson) was to be directed by John Badham, with starring roles for Aidan Quinn and Billy Bob Thornton.
  • Battle Royale joins Rotterdam line-up


    Japanese gore fest Battle Royale, which is currently whipping up both public outrage and box office receipts in its home territory, is to make its international premiere at January's International Film Festival Rotterdam.
  • Ukrainian film industry to receive boost from AVIC


    A group of Ukrainian film professionals have launched a privately funded, non-profit organisation, called AVIC (Audiovisual Information Centre), to act as a link between local film-makers and the international industry.
  • Rienstra quits Dutch Film Fund after seven years


    Dutch Film Fund director Ryclef Rienstra is resigning after seven years in the post to head up a non-profit fund, the Van den Ende Foundation, launched by retired Endemol co-founder Joop van den Ende.
  • Sea That Thinks takes top prize at Dutch doc fest


    Dutch film-maker Gert de Graaf picked up the main prize at the International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam (Nov 21-29), for The Sea That Thinks. The film is the dramatised tale of a screenwriter trying to unravel his own plot.
  • Amsterdam doc fest to honour van der Keuken


    Dutch documentary film-maker Johan van der Keuken will be presented with the Bert Haanstra award in recognition of his life-time's work at the International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam (November 21-29).