The Netherlands Film Fund and the Norwegian Film Institute have signed an agreement for the coproduction of docs, in a bid to strengthen both Dutch and Norwegian documentaries internationally.
Under the terms of the deal, unveiled at IDFA in Amsterdam, six new feature documentaries will be supported between 2014 and 2016, consisting of three minority Dutch and three minority Norwegian coproductions.
Bjørn Arne Odden, senior advisor for production at the Norwegian Film Institute, said: “We consider The Netherlands as being one of the leading countries worldwide in both producing and promoting documentary films.”
Netherlands Film Fund CEO Doreen Boonekamp added: “This agreement is a logical step in the ongoing collaboration with our Scandinavian counterparts. We want to stimulate filmmakers from both countries to seek theatrical release of their films.
“The Netherlands Film Fund has recently modified its regulations to enable this. Their effort is required to reach maximum audiences theatrically, on TV and beyond.”
The news comes after the Dutch government earlier this month approved a new US$27 million annual fund, under the guise of a cash rebate system that will launch next year, in a bid to attract more international productions to shoot in Holland.