Dutch back pro art house measures


AMSTERDAM -- The Dutch Film Fund has developed a new subsidy system for supporting local art house productions, it announced Monday.

The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science has granted a sum of €1.5 million ($2.1 million) over the next three years to stimulate screenings of local Dutch films.

The deal is pitched at theater owners who can use the funds for local promotion. They also can get an additional bonus for prolonging the run of selected titles. The films must be released nationwide on at least five copies, with the Dutch Film Fund responsible for the selection of the titles.

The first film to benefit from the deal is Nanouk Leopold's drama "Wolfsbergen."