HOLLAND FILM MEETING, September 27th – October 1st 2012

Van donderdag 27 september tot 1 oktober vindt de jaarlijkse Holland Film Meeting (HFM) plaats. Lees hier het bericht van het Nederlands Film Festival.

From September 27 to October 1 2012 the Holland Film Meeting (HFM) will again prove one of Europe’s key meeting points for the finance of quality independent film. This year the event celebrates its 25th birthday and will, more than ever, look to stimulate the highest high levels of co-production activity between many of Europe’s leading producers and representatives from the Dutch, European and global finance, production, sales and distribution industries.

Turkey and its production industry will be firmly in the Utrecht spotlight in 2012 as the HFM explores every possibility to create solid ties between Dutch producers and their Turkish counterparts. As with the Scandinavian focus of 2011, experts from the Turkish sales, production and distribution sectors will explain their modus operandi, assess their recent output and isolate the common areas of interest in order to facilitate fruitful and ongoing co-operation with then Dutch and European industries. The HFM will look to select a minimum of three Turkish projects in development, each ripe for co-production, to present during the Netherlands Production Platform (see below).


At the Netherlands Production Platform (NPP) pitching forum approximately 20 Dutch and European feature films in development are introduced to a selected group of top international industry professionals from the production, finance, sales and distribution sectors. Feature films suitable for co-production, with a minimum duration of 90’ and with local financial support in place, will be considered. Selection includes travel and accommodation for 3 nights in Utrecht’s luxurious Karel V hotel, covering 2 delegates per project. Projects must reach us before July 1 2012.

The quality of the projects is reflected in the prizes that are awarded annually to pitching producers:

  • The Cineco Digital Post Production Award
  • The Binger Award
  • The Filmmore Innovation Cinema Prize

For information about the prizes, click here.
Further NPP details and application form can be found here.

The first programme components of this years Holland Film Meeting are confirmed.

Seminars Programme 28 – 30 September
The Holland Film Meeting organises three seminar days, each with a specific theme, for Dutch and international professional guests. The Friday seminar (28 Sept) places the focus on the medium of Film, while the Saturday and Sunday seminars will assess Transmedia and TV Drama respectively. Top level Dutch and international experts will lead and shape the discussion during these events. Watch this space for updates to the programme.

TV Drama Programme 30 September
This inaugural seminar, attended by leading TV professionals, will focus on the interest within Dutch and Flemish TV drama as a vehicle for co-production investment and/or remake.

International executive producers will talk about the process of remaking the series and will give an insight into how European and US networks approach the business of development, writing and production. The event highlights two recent examples, PENOZA and THE SPIRAL. Read more…

Talent Programme 1 October
The Netherland Film Festival’s ongoing celebration, promotion and encouragement of Dutch and Belgian talent will culminate in a one-day programme (October 1) organised by HFM. On this day ten of the region’s most gifted film professionals will be presented to international producers, directors, financiers and sales experts having benefited from the full range of workshop, screening, training and networking opportunities offered over the previous four days of the HFM.

Benelux Screenings / Digital Film Library 27 September – 1 October
The Benelux Screenings programme is the annual showcase for the newest film titles from the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, presented with English subtitles for the international buyers, festival programmers and press attending the Holland Film Meeting. Attendees are invited to assess the best of Dutch output over the past twelve months. In addition recent features and feature-length docs from Belgium and Luxembourg can be seen in the Digital Film Library in the Karel V hotel.

In 2012 the Holland Film Meeting will welcome a delegation of key German co-production exponents including producers and fund heads in anticipation of increased co-pro activity between the two territories in years to come. In addition the Meeting is delighted to announce an exchange between the Netherlands Film Festival and the Ostend Film Festival (7-15 September). The Belgian event will programme a Dutch Film day, a gesture that will be reciprocated in Utrecht with a day of Flemish films.


For more news check these links on the HFM website:

Check in regularly to the Holland Film Meeting website for all updates during the run-up to the event in September. You can also see trailers of recent Dutch releases as well as interviews with the most prominent players within the Dutch film scene.

Watch the HFM newsletter for early summer announcements of the Binger-Screen International Interviewee and the Cinema Militans Lecturer!

For further details about the Holland Film Meeting contact:

Signe Zeilich-Jensen, HFM director (mobile: +31 6 12990456)
Eva Laurillard, HFM producer (mobile: +31 6 42643929)

Holland Film Meeting +31 30 2303800

Bron: Nederlands Film Festival