Dutch pix hit booster fund jackpot

Prize money split between producer, helmer, scripter

This article was updated on October 2, 2003.

UTRECHT — The Dutch Film Fund has handed out E375,000 ($439,000) under its new scheme to boost Dutch-language pics with commercial or artistic appeal.

Maria Peters’ “Peter Bell” received $117,000 for bringing in the most visitors (819,934) to a Dutch language film in 2002, with Ben Sombogaart’s “The Twins” coming in second to grab $87,849 and Pieter Kramer’s “Yes Nurse, No Nurse” following in third with $58,571.

Paula van der Oest’s “Zus & Zo,” Oscar nommed for foreign language pic last spring, and “Yes Nurse,” in competition at Berlin, picked up another $87,849 each for artistic success abroad.

The awards, handed out here Wednesday during the 10-day Dutch Film Festival, are split, with 70% of the money going to the producer and the rest shared between director and scriptwriter.

“Even if a film is a success, it is very difficult for filmmakers to make enough money to begin another project,” said Toine Berbers, director of the Dutch Film Fund. “We want to encourage the continuity of successful filmmaking teams, so much so that if the team stays together to make another picture, we will boost the original award by another 20%.”

During the first eight months of 2003, the numbers of cinemagoers in Holland rose by 9% over the previous year and the market share of Dutch productions neared 13%, almost double what it was in 2000.

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