HFM Programme

From September 24-27 2017 Utrecht will once again be the key networking station for the financing of quality independent film. The 30th edition of the Holland Film Meeting will, as in previous years, look to stimulate high levels of co-production activity between leading representatives from the Dutch, European and global finance, production, sales and distribution industries. This three-day-event, comprising the well-established HFM Co-Production Platform and the Work-in-Progress session, is host to the inaugural BoostNL programme, organized in collaboration with CineMart (International Film Festival Rotterdam).

Sunday, September 24 

09:30 – 10:00h | Coffee | Stadsschouwburg Utrecht (SSBU) — Zindering
10:00 – 19:00h | Digital Film Library | Stadsschouwburg Utrecht (SSBU) — Basement Area

10:00 – 12:30h | Be Dramatic! | Stadsschouwburg (SSBU) — Blauwe Zaal
For the third year, the Netherlands Film Festival isorganising the Be Dramatic professional meeting,devoted entirely to the current state of play withincontemporary European drama.The focus this year is on the co-production ofinternational drama series involving a Dutch creativeteam. Together with Holland Film Meeting and NFF,festival programmer Léo Soesanto will introducea number of relevant case studies, presented bytheir respective Dutch creative teams. After thepresentation of the case studies the discussion willwiden up to include all the creative teams and theprofessionals in the audience.

10:00 – 13:00h / 14:00 – 17:00h | HFM Projects Preparation Day | Stadsschouwburg (SSBU) — Hekman Foyer
Prior to their presentation of projects, participatingfilmmakers and producers will attend a preparationprogramme consisting of a Pitching Coaching session.

Moderator: Ido Abram(Deputy Director at EYE Film Institute)

13:00 – 14:00h | Lunch | Stadsschouwburg (SSBU) — Zindering | By invitation only

14:00 – 17:00h | Stories & Beyond | Stadsschouwburg (SSBU) — Zindering
The (closed) event Stories & Beyond offers a platformto six Dutch and six German screenwriters to getprofessional feedback on their project.In one-on-one meetings the writers (in somecases accompanied by their directors) will meet withkey industry figures from respectively the Germanand Dutch film industry. These professionals willcontribute with their specific expertise and discipline. 
With regards to relevancy, strength, weaknesses andinternational aspects of the story. The focus is ongaining professional feedback in an open and safeenvironment and whether or not certain stories wouldwork in Germany, the Netherlands and beyond.Closed session

18:30 – 22:00h | HFM Opening Drinks and Buffet | Stadsschouwburg Utrecht (SSBU) — Zindering | By invitation only
Hosted by the Netherlands Film Fund & FPNAll participants gather to attend the official opening ofthe Holland Film Meeting. During this event, the HFMwill introduce the four participating emerging talentswho will be taking part in this year’s programme:producers Loes Komen and Randy Vermeulen, and directors Shady El Hamus and Thessa Meijer.

Monday, September 25

9:00 – 9:30h | Coffee | SSBU — Blauwe Zaal Foyer
9:30 – 12:30h | HFM Project Presentations | SSBU — Blauwe Zaal
During the Holland Film meeting a total of 18 projectsin development are presented to international filmprofessionals during a two-step format: a publicpitch followed by one-on-one meetings (HFM Co-ProPlatform) and tutoring sessions (BoostNL).
Moderator: Ido Abram(Deputy Director at EYE Film Institute)

10:00 – 19:00h | Digital Film Library | SSBU — Basement Area
12.30 – 13.30h | Networking Lunch | SSBU — Zindering | By invitation only

Hosted by Versteeg Wigman Sprey Advocaten

13:30 – 17:00h | HFM Co-Pro Individual Meetings | SSBU — Hekman Foyer
The representatives of the selected projects indevelopment get the opportunity to have shortmeetings of 25-minute duration with different filmprofessionals and financiers in order to discusspotential collaborations.

13:30 – 17:00h | Work-in-Progress Feedback Session | SSBU — Private Dining / Foundersroom | Closed session
The projects will be presented and discussed ina closed session during which filmmakers andproducers will receive feedback and advice from bothnational and international experts.

14:00 – 17:00h | BoostNL Expert Sessions | SSBU — Zindering | Closed session
14:30 – 17:00h | ACE Producers Think Tank | Boothstraat — Bovenkamer |
Closed Session
The challenge of co-producing with Europeanpartners in a commercial context, in combination withrequired spending obligations from various Europeanterritories on co-productions.

17:00 – 18:30h | Afternoon Drinks | SSBU — Zindering
Hosted by NBF

18:30 – 22:00h | HFM Food & Drinks | Venue | By invitation only

Hosted by Redline & Filmdoc Post-Production.

Tuesday, September 26

9:00 - 9:30h | Coffee | SSBU — Blauwe Zaal Foyer

9:30 – 11:45h | HFM Work-in-Progress Presentations | SSBU — Blauwe Zaal

Excellent commercial and non-commercialdistribution strategies have become more essentialthan ever, and they should be defined (and refined)long before the premiere of the film on theinternational market. In this session, producers andfilmmakers are given the opportunity to present theirfilm to a select group of festival programmers, salesagents, financiers and distributors. This will includethe screening of a 12-minute excerpt from each work.A professional jury will hand out a prize to the mostpromising Work-in-Progress project.

Moderator: Marten Rabarts(Head of EYE International

9:30 – 13:30h / 14:30 – 17:00h | BoostNL Experts Sessions | SSBU — Zindering

9:30 – 13:30h | HFM Co-Pro Individual Meetings | SSBU — Hekman Foyer

10:00 – 19:00h | Digital Film Library | SSBU — Basement Area

11:00 – 17:00h | Work-in-Progress Feedback Session | SSBU — Private Dining / Foundersroom | Closed Session

12:00 – 13:30h | The Changing Nature and Role of Sales Companies | Panel discussion | SSBU — Blauwe Zaal

13:30 – 14:30h | Networking Lunch | SSBU — Zindering | By invitation only

Hosted by City of Utrecht & Film Commission Utrecht

14:30 – 17:00h | HFM Co-Pro Individual Meetings | SSBU — Hekman Foyer

14:30 – 16:30h | BoostNL Experts Sessions | SSBU — Zindering

16:30 – 17:00hBoostNL Closing SessionSSBU — Zindering

17:00 – 18:30h | Co-Production Drinks with the DutchVinnies Bar — Opposite SSBU

Hosted by FPN

21:00 – 02:00h | HFM Closing Party & Awards Ceremony | Museum Speelklok | By invitation only
Hosted by EYE, Netherlands Film Fund& Netherlands Film Commission