HFM: The Essential Meeting Place for Dutch and International Professionals

The selection for the 2011 Netherlands Production Platform (NPP) has been made and 20 brilliant, entertaining and thought-provoking projects, all ripe for co-production, are ready be presented to, and pored over by, some of international cinema’s most important and influential financiers, distributors, sales agents and co-producers.

This year four prizes will be awarded to NPP projects.

The Kodak NPP Development Prize, with a value of €5000, is granted annually to the producer of a NPP project from one of the Benelux countries and is intended for investment within the project’s further development.

Jury 2011 (confirmed so far): Olivier Quadrini, Kodak; Wallie Pollé, Cinéart

The Cineco Digital Post Production Award, also valued at €5000, is given to one of the presented Dutch projects and must be used to help finance the film’s post-production.

Jury 2011: San Fu Maltha, Fu Works; Jacobine van der Vloed, CineMart; Kaisa Kriek, NPO.

The Binger Award will be given to the most promising Dutch film plan and the prize will include a Binger coaching programme.

The jury will be announced soon.

And for the first time, a development prize will be awarded to an international NPP project. The Filmmore Innovation Cinema Prize (€5000) is intended to encourage European filmmakers to explore new and innovative ways of filmmaking and financing their stories.

Jury 2011: Wim van Sloten, Filmmore; Sander Verdonk, LEV Pictures; Alan Fountain, EAVE.

Focus on Scandinavia
In 2011 the Holland Film Meeting will train the spotlight on Scandinavia, its filmmakers and the co-production potential of its production companies, funds and institutions, and of course its projects.

Last month, the HFM sent four Dutch projects to Haugesund’s New Nordic Films market (17-20 August) where they were enthusiastically received. These were SNG’s Nordfjord, Playing the Ball (BosBros), N.N. (ZEST moving pictures) and Metro (NFI Productions). During the Netherlands Production Platform we will return the favour and accept five Scandinavian projects.

Leading lights from the Danish, Swedish, Finnish and Norwegian film institutes will be in attendance during the Holland Film Meeting to advise about their respective industries and to meet with the pitching producers.

On September 22 the Scandinavian theme will continue with a seminar involving leading Scandinavian production and finance professionals.

During the event entitled Innovation and new models for storytelling, production, distribution and financing in Scandinavia, Screen International editor Mike Goodridge and Split Screen’s Nick Roddick will lead a discussion to assess the success of recent theatrical and tv drama from the Nordic countries. | Read more

The cream of recent Dutch arthouse and commercial cinema will be presented to international buyers, commissioning and press during the Benelux Screenings programme. Titles include Paula van der Oest’s biopic of South African anti-apartheid poet Ingrid Jonker Black Butterflies (Tribeca), Nanouk Leopold’s Berlinale Forum selection The Brownian Movement, Marco van Geffen’s Locarno selection AMONG US and Dick Maas’ Yuletide shocker Sint (Saint, selected for Tribeca). Click here to see the full schedule.

The Benelux Screenings programme is augmented by the best of recent production from Belgium and Luxembourg.

During the Holland Film Meeting the Digital Film Library is open all hours for buyers, festival directors, press and HFM guests who can watch English-language subtitles.

Complete programme will be announced next week.

On September 23 MEDIA Desk NL will host a panel on branded and sponsored content models. The session will look at the ins and outs of the creative, marketing and business aspects of branded content, as explained by experts in the field. | Read more

Also on 23 September will be the workshop discussion CoBrA – on authenticity and classical narrative structures. Moderated by Don Duyns, and organised by The Network for Scriptwriters, the workshop will comprise a conversation with scriptwriters from Belgium, Denmark and The Netherlands.

On September 24 the HFM will host a NVS workshop entitled How to prepare your film for international servicing. Given by Mireille van Helm of Ginger Film Services, the workshop will comprise an English language session on how to prepare your film for delivery to an international sales agent and/or international territories.

During the Binger-Screen International Interview an accomplished industry figure will talk about his or her life and work, and share his or her views on contemporary filmmaking. This year’s guest will be the visionary and highly influential cinematographer Christopher Doyle (Hero, In the Mood for Love, 2046).

Check in regularly to the Holland Film Meeting website to check out news and updates about all aspects of the September event.

You can read interviews with top Dutch business and production talent. Recent interviews include BosBros head of finance and executive producer Ruud van der Heyde and A-Film’s head of theatrical Dennis van den Berg.

You can also see enticing trailers of recent Dutch theatrical releases.

Every day during the Holland Film Meeting a page of industry news will be published in the 2011 festival daily newspaper. For further information contact Nick Cunningham at mail@nickcunningham.com or by mobile 44 7712 655006.

For further details about the Holland Film Meeting contact:
Signe Zeilich-Jensen, HFM director (mobile: +31 6 12990456)
Antje Sandow, HFM producer (mobile:+31 6 41315243)

Holland Film Meeting +31 30 2303800

Bron: Nederlands Film Festival