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AMSTERDAM — The Dutch government is expected to finalize by the end of this month several far-reaching proposals to boost commercial filmmaking in Holland.

The proposals, now under consideration by Holland’s Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Ministry of Finance, could result in putting an additional $5 million-$7 million annually into the Dutch commercial filmmaking kitty.

The proposals are based on a report released last year by the accounting and media research firm KPMG. That report strongly recommended the Dutch government begin treating film in Holland as a viable commercial industry by supporting it through tax-incentive schemes and matching production funds.

Currently, the only financial support for film in this territory comes from funding schemes that are aimed primarily at the artistic rather than the commercial side of the cinema.

One proposal calls for the government to match funds put up by the private sector to back commercial film projects; another outlines fat tax breaks for private companies that support film projects; yet another calls for 12 TV movies to be made annually, backed to the tune of 1.8 million guilders (about $950,000) apiece. The telepics would be made by Dutch independent producers, with coin coming from public broadcasters, several film subsidy bodies and the government.

A spokesman for the Audiovisual Platform, which represents independent film producers, public broadcasters and other members of the audiovisual industry, called the scheme a “one-stop” funding source for TV movies.

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