Stories & Beyond

Stories & Beyond provides screenwriters with the possibility to meet with representatives from the international industry through individual coaching sessions and intensive workshops. The focus of this programme is the cross-pollination between writers, producers and other experts from different countries and backgrounds. Through this, the programme aims to encourage screenwriters in a relatively early stage of the filmmaking process to begin exploring the international potential of their eventual films.

Previous editions have included projects from the Netherlands, Flanders, Wallonia, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Experts included members of the Dutch film industry such as Hein van Joolen (Gusto Ent), Ilse Ronteltap (Netherlands Film Fund), Nelleke Driessen (Nine Film), Esther Bannenberg (Toto Cinema), and Robert Alberdingk Thijm (screenwriter); as well as international professionals such as Peter Bouckaert (Eyeworks, Belgium), Cate Kane (Curzon, UK), Katie Ellen (BFI, UK), Jasper van Hecke (Universal Pictures, UK), Ramona Sehr (ARRI Media, Germany), and Manola Novelli (Pluto Film, Germany).

When?

Applications are currently open for majority Dutch projects with international potential, in early or advanced screenplay stage. 

Apply now 

International projects with potential for Dutch co-production should reach out directly to Holland Film Meeting coordinator Jordi Wijnalda, [email protected]