New Dutch

Under the umbrella of New Dutch” a curated selec­tion of the most exciting new projects in Dutch fiction, docu­men­tary, anima­tion and inter­ac­tive is presented to our inter­na­tional network. 

The projects — ranging in status from advanced script stage to post-produc­tion — receive tailor-made devel­op­ment programmes to best accom­mo­date their indi­vidual goals and wishes, and to prepare them for a life far beyond the borders of the Netherlands.

Previous editions of New Dutch have included IN ALASKA by Jaap van Heusden and producer IJswater Films, which went on to be selected for Cannes L’Atelier and Ontario Creates” at Toronto Inter­na­tional Film Festival; I DON’T WANNA DANCE by Flynn von Kleist and producer The Rogues, which won the 2019 The Inter­mis­sion Post-Produc­tion Award; BLOODY MARIE by Guido van Driel and producer Family Affair Films, which has been distrib­uted in the US by Uncork’d Enter­tain­ment; and LA ÚLTIMA PRIMAVERA (formerly known as EL AZUL BAJO SUS PIES) by Isabel Muruzábal Lamberti and producer IJswater Films, which has recently been picked up for distri­b­u­tion by Cine­mien.


The 2021 Lab begins over the course of August 2021. The HFM festival programme will be from Thursday September 30 to Saturday October 2, 2021.

HFM projects programme

The programme is shaped like a multiple-week creative lab. It consists of plenary work­shops, one-to-one expert meet­ings, and other events geared towards your project’s creative deep­ening and market­place poten­tial. It starts ahead of the actual film festival and HFM, and its dura­tion and focus are different depending on the scheme the project has been selected for. BoostNL, Stories & Beyond and New Dutch are part of the HFM projects programme.

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