The Golden Calves, the Grand Prizes of Dutch Film, are awarded every year to the best Dutch filmmakers, scriptwriters, producers, actors and others since the first edition of the Netherlands Film Festival in 1981.
Since 2015 the nominees and winners within the feature film and documentary categories are determined by means of an Academy voting system, developed by the Netherlands Film Festival and the Dutch Academy for Film (DAFF, founded in 2013). Winners within the shorts, television and interactive categories are determined by jury.
In the Golden Calf Competition, Dutch feature films, short films, documentaries and TV dramas compete in the following categories:
Furthermore, if the festival board sees a reason to, they award the Golden Calf for the Film Culture to a person or organisation that made an important contribution to Dutch film culture. In addition the festival knows an Audience Award.
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