Netherlands Film Festival: 24 projects selected for HFM Co-Pro Platform and Boost NL

 
We are delighted to announce that eleven ambitious, challenging and highly creative projects have been selected for the 2017 Holland Film Meeting Co-Pro Platform. Running September 24-27 September 2017, the Platform is one of Europe’s key staging posts for securing co-production finance. This year’s line-up includes projects from Finland, UK, Denmark, Iceland, France, Serbia, Romania, Belgium, Turkey and Spain.

The 11 Platform titles join the seven Dutch and international projects in development, and three works-in-progress, already selected for the BoostNL programme, organised in collaboration with IFFR’s CineMart. BoostNL is an initiative designed to strengthen market assistance that will take place at Holland Film Meeting (24 – 27 September) and continues through to CineMart (28 - 31 January, 2018).

This means that a total of 24 projects in different stages of development will be up for assessment by many of Europe’s leading financiers, sales agents, distributors and co-production partners, as well as festival programmers and press during HFM 2017.

HFM Co-pro Platform projects: Citizen B by Hamy Ramezan (Finland - Aamu Film Company Ltd.), The Gendarme by Dan Chisu (Romania - Domestic Film), The Grave Digger by Khadar Ahmed (Finland - Bufo), If the Light Takes Us by Anna Maria Helgadottir (Denmark – Masterplan Pictures), Labour Day by Mladen Djordjevic (Serbia - SENSE Production), Life after Zoro by Raf Reyntjens (Belgium – Bulletproof Cupid), Las niñas by Pilar Palomero (Spain - Inicia Films), Rum Doxy Diver by Lindy Heymann (UK – Hurricane Films), Snow and the Bear by Selcen Ergun (Turkey – Albino Zebra), The Whole-Timers by Bibhusan Basnet & Pooja Gurung (France/Nepal - Les Films du Tambour) and Wild Summer by Marteinn Thorsson (Iceland - Tenderlee Motion Pictures Company).

Selection HFM Work-in-Progress Session
Since 2013, the Holland Film Meeting's Work-in-Progress Session welcomes a selection of projects which are now nearing completion. The aim is to show these projects in post-production stage to a select group of film professionals including international sales agents, festival representatives, distributors and funding partners. This programme is designed in order to promote networking and encourage a good commercial and non-commercial distribution strategy.
The Work-in-Progress section comprises: The Champion by Giordano Bianchi and Martina Marafatto (Italy - Border Studio), Light As Feathers by Rosanne Pel (The Netherlands -  Family Affair Films), and Magnetic Pathways by Edgar Pêra (Portugal - Bando à Parte).
 
The BoostNL project selection this year includes the international Baby by Marcelo Caetano (Brazil - Africa Filmes), Nasir by Arun Karthick (India – Stray Factory), The Stranger by Zhengfan Yang (China – Burn The Film), and La vaca que cantó una canción sobre el futuro by Francisca Alegria (Chile - Jirafa).
Dutch project selection includes Beyond the Blue Bridge by Isabel Lamberti (IJswater Films), The Hague Hilton by Boris Paval Conen (Family Affair Films), and Life on Mars (working title) by Michiel van Erp (De Familie Film & TV).
BoostNL also features three works-in-progress: La cama by Monica Lairana (Argentina – Adriana Yurcovich a.o.), Nocturne by Viktor van der Valk (The Netherlands – Maniak Film) and Der Unschuldige by Simon Jaquemet (Switzerland – 8horses).

Awards at HFM 2017
At HFM 2017 the Co-Pro Platform will grant two prizes: The Cam-a-lot & Filmmore Cinema Emerging Talent Prize for the Best Project (valued at €10,000 in camera and post-production facilities), and The WarnierPosta Prize (valued at €5,000 in audio post-production facilities in one of the WarnierPosta studios).
The HFM Works-in-Progress projects will compete for a prize valued at €5,000 in facility services: The Filmmore Work-in-Progress Prize.
 
Professional panel: the changing role of sales companies
Sales agents are under increasing pressure to innovate in order to remain relevant. Many are looking to convert rapid change into opportunity as audience demographics, tastes and content consumption and habits continue to evolve.
With the rise of Netflix and Amazon, are sales agents now competing with the content streamed into our own homes? And with 40 sales companies working out of France alone, how long can a rigid theatrical system survive?
This panel tales as its starting point the current state of the international sales market in Europe and aims to discuss how sales agents and producers can reimagine their businesses in order to stay relevant.
Panelists: Tanja Meissner (Memento Films International), Vanessa Saal (Protagonist), Jason Ishikawa (Cinetic), moderated by Uzma Hasan
 
NFF Interactive: Storyspace
The arrival of new technologies changes the way we live, work and love - but also how we tell and experience stories. These stories are different, interactive and digital and they play out in our very hands via wifi networks, Snapchat and Instagram, smartphones and tablets. Chat bots and algorithms are new and vital tools in the process of storytelling.
The new programme section NFF Interactive: Storyspace showcases these stories and explains how they are created, by whom, and why they are so fascinating, inspiring and exciting. These new stories are at times Shakespearian, at other times Hollywoodian, give imagination a face-lift, are hot on the heels of reality, and use the latest technology as a binding force. For two days, the NFF and their partners give the floor to the creators of this new era, introducing the players, showing how they work and what they make.
Come and see the latest developments in Storytelling with Janet Murray, Zach Lieberman, Shari Frilot & Sara Lisa Vogl. Click here for more information.