How to submit a production to the Netherlands Film Festival (NFF)

Each fall, the Netherlands Film Festival turns the city of Utrecht into the beating heart of Dutch film, television and digital culture production. The festival showcases the most relevant Dutch productions of the year. The call for submissions runs yearly from February onwards. Deadlines depend on the type of production.
For projects in development (feature-length fiction, animation, and/or documentary, as well as digital storytelling projects of any length), please check out the Holland Film Meetingand its submission form, which is available both in English and in Dutch.

How to submit a production to the Netherlands Film Festival (NFF)

Step 1: Can I submit my production?

In order to qualify for inclusion in the festival, a production needs to be Dutch to a certain extent. If there is no demonstrable link between a production and the Netherlands, the submission cannot be accepted.

The best starting point for film makers who have read the above and still wonder if their film qualifies, is making an assessment of its ‘Dutchness’ through step 3, after checking the deadlines.

NFF works with a points system, where factors like Dutch crew members and financial support from the Netherlands earn points. If a minimum amount of points is earned, productions can be submitted as Dutch (step 4 to 5).

If you’re a student at an art academy and this is your graduation film, use the student submission form when it is published in May. Only students from the following academies submitting their graduation film are exempted from the points system:

  • Nederlandse Filmacademie (Amsterdam)
  • Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht (HKU)
  • Gerrit Rietveld Academie voor Beeldende Kunst en Vormgeving Amsterdam
  • Willem de Kooning Academie Rotterdam
  • AVK | St. Joost Breda
  • Koninklijke Academie van de Beeldende Kunsten Den Haag (KABK)
  • Maastricht Academy of Media Design and Technology (MAMDT)
  • ArtEZ Zwolle, Arnhem en Enschede
  • Design Academy Eindhoven
Step 2: Check the deadlines

There are two submission deadlines:

  • 11 april 2021  – productions finalized between 1 june 2020 and 1 april 2021
  • 1 june 2021 – productions finalized between 1 april 2021 and 1 june 2021
Step 3: Is my production Dutch enough?

How points are attributed and how many a production needs, depends on the category. There are three different categories: 1) feature film, short fiction and drama series/singleplay, 2) feature and short documentary and 3) digital culture projects. If you have doubts about which category to choose, please contact us.

For submissions in the fiction and documentary film and tv categories (1 and 2 above), either the main producer needs to be Dutch and/or the production company needs to be based in the Netherlands for a submission to be considered. If none of the above apply, the production’s point total is irrelevant.

Note: a person is considered Dutch when they either have the Dutch nationality, or have worked on a minimum of three Dutch productions before.

Note: productions with considerable Dutch input that may not earn the needed point total might be exempted, as is the case with coproductions with a Dutch minority stake. If this is the case, please don’t submit, but contact us directly.

Feature film, short fiction and television drama 

In these categories, the main producer needs to be Dutch and/or the production company needs to be based in the Netherlands. On top of that, a minimum of 9 out of 23 points are needed for a film to be eligible.

Main producer is Dutch and/or based in the Netherlands | 4 points
Dutch director | 3 points
Dutch screenwriter | 3 points
Dutch composer | 1 point
Dutch lead actor/actress | 2 points
Dutch supporting actor/actress (max. 2 points) | 1 point
Dutch director of photography | 1 point
Dutch sound designer | 1 point
Dutch editor | 1 point
Dutch production designer | 1 point
Dutch costume designer | 1 point
At least 50% of post-production/VFX by a Dutch company | 1 point
(Partly) funded by CoBO fonds, NPO-fonds or Nederlands Filmfonds  | 1 point
At least 50% of production funds come from the Netherlands | 2 points
TOTAL POINTS: 23 

Feature and short documentary 

In these categories, the main producer needs to be Dutch and/or the production company needs to be based in the Netherlands. On top of that, a minimum of 7 out of 18 points are needed for a film to be eligible.

Main producer is Dutch and/or based in the Netherlands | 4 points
Dutch director | 6 points
Dutch composer | 1 point
Dutch director of photography | 1 point
Dutch sound designer | 1 point
Dutch editor | 1 point
At least 50% of post-production/VFX by a Dutch company | 1 point
(Partly) funded by CoBO fonds, NPO-fonds or Nederlands Filmfonds | 1 point
At least 50% of production funds come from the Netherlands | 2 points
TOTAL POINTS: 18

Digital Culture Projects 

In this category, a minimum of 11 out of 25 points need to be secured for a production to be eligible.

Main producer and/or maker is Dutch and/or based in the Netherlands | 3 points
Co-producer/developing partner is Dutch and based in the Netherlands | 3 points
Dutch director/maker/concept developer | 3 points
At least 50% of screenplay/script is written by a Dutch person | 2 points
Dutch interface/interaction/graphic designer | 2 points
Dutch programmer/coder | 2 points
Dutch cast | 2 points
Dutch composer/sound designer | 1 point
Dutch director of photography/photgrapher | 1 point
Dutch editor | 1 point
Dutch distribution partner | 1 point
At least 50% of production funds come from the Netherlands | 2 points
At least 50% of post-production/VFX by a Dutch company | 2 points

TOTAL POINTS: 25

Step 4: Fill out the submission… in Dutch!

Now that you have assessed that your production earns the required point total, you can visit our submission page. From this point onwards, it is highly recommended to find yourself a Dutch contact person, who is able to process the page and NFF’s screening and competition rules. Now, your contact person can aid you with filling out the submission form. Note that important communication will be sent to the director, main producer and contact person, so be sure to loop in a Dutch speaker!

Step 5: Now you wait

After you have sent us your submission, NFF’s programme department will check whether your submission is indeed complete and if the production is Dutch enough. If NFF questions whether enough points are earned, you will be contacted within a few weeks after submitting. If the check is positive, you will only be informed if your film is selected for a competition and/or will be screened at the festival by the end of July.

If you have any questions, please contact us on [email protected]

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