Netherlands, Norway Sign Documentary Co-Production Pact

The Netherlands Film Fund and the Norwegian Film Institute pledge to co-produce six projects between 2014 and 2016.

LONDON – The Netherlands Film Fund and the Norwegian Film Institute have signed an agreement for the co-production of documentaries.

The pact aims to strengthen Dutch and Norwegian documentaries internationally, the parties said Tuesday in announcing the pact. The agreement builds on existing co-operation between Norway and the Netherlands in the movie space in general and documentaries in particular.

Under the pact, announced at IDFA in Amsterdam, a total of six new feature documentaries will be supported between 2014 and 2016. They will consist of three minority Dutch and three minority Norwegian co-productions.

Netherlands Film Fund CEO Doreen Boonekamp described the agreement as a "logical step in the ongoing collaboration" with Scandinavian counterparts.

"We want to stimulate filmmakers from both countries to seek theatrical release of their films. The Netherlands Film Fund has recently modified its regulations to enable this. Their effort is required to reach maximum audiences theatrically, on TV and beyond," said Boonekamp.

Norwegian Film Institute senior production advisor Bjorn Arne Odden said: "We consider the Netherlands as being one of the leading countries worldwide in both producing and promoting documentary films."