Dutch films look set to take a record share of their local market this year, according the country's cinema organisation NFC.
Thanks to upcoming premieres for commercial titles such as Pietje Bell 2, Phileine Says Sorry, Polleke and Kees Jongen, the NFC expects local product to take a 14.5% of the total market.
Dutch films have already taken a 13% share in the first 9 months of this year. The main contributors were the family-film Skippers Of The Kameleon, directed by Steven de Jong, (552,000 admissions) and Dutch Oscar-hope Twin Sisters, directed by Ben Sombogaart, (496.000 admissions).
Overall figures show that the attendance in Dutch cinemas has, compared to last year, risen by 9 percent with 26 million admissions.
NFC chairman Wilco Wolfers, who presented the figures during the Dutch Filmfestival in Utrecht, said he feared that the success of Dutch movies might be short-term if the government decides to abolish local tax-incentives by January 1.
Today a national campaign to protest the cuts is launched in 550 cinemas. Audiences are being asked to sign a petition against the government plans.