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Grant Programme Immerse\Interact

Closing dates

25 august 2020

Budget 2020: € 1.300.000

in collaboration with the Netherlands Film Fund

The crossover between film and digital culture has created a new field in which digital pioneers, interactive designers and graphic designers work together with directors, screenwriters and producers on innovative media productions. Together they explore the future of storytelling in a changing media landscape. This future is digital: sometimes interactive, sometimes immersive, and sometimes in co-creation with an audience, but always based on the power of the story.

The Immerse\Interact grant programme stimulates projects within the interdisciplinary media landscape. It is a programme offered jointly by the Creative Industries Fund NL and the Netherlands Film Fund. Artistic research and experiment in the field of digital storytelling and the use of interactive or immersive media play a central role.

  • Who is eligible to apply?

  • • Film producers and AV producers (a legal entity, not a sole proprietorship or VOF) with a demonstrable track record in the field of interactive storytelling or immersive media forms (360-degree video, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality) can apply.

    • In addition, individual makers who are both makers and producers, and who have proven expertise in the field of interactive storytelling or immersive media forms, are eligible to apply for a contribution of up to € 30,000. To apply, the individual makers must be registered with the Chamber of Commerce.

    Individual makers who apply for realization must have a filmography/portfolio containing at least one realized project in the disciplines mentioned. If in any doubt, a summary of realized projects can be submitted to the funds for review up to three weeks before the closing date. It is important that the maker describes their production experience and the screening locations for each project.
  • For which projects can a grant be applied for?

  • Development contribution applied for by the producer
    € 25,000 per project. The contribution is intended for carrying out research, writing scenarios and other preparatory work prior to the actual production phase. The advisory committee may also decide to grant a coaching contribution of up to € 5,000, provided it is part of the total amount applied for and the budget, and the CV and motivation of the coach are attached.

    Realization contribution applied for by the producer
    € 100,000 per project, intended to cover the production costs. A reasonable degree of co-financing is required for this phase. The budget for the production phase must be balanced within six months of a grant being awarded. It is possible to apply for an additional contribution of € 5,000 for distribution.

    Development contribution applied for by individual maker
    € 15.000 per project, excluding a possible coaching contribution of maximum € 5,000, provided it is part of the total amount applied for and the budget, and the CV and motivation of the coach are attached.

    Realization contribution requested by individual maker
    € 30,000 per project.

    If the committee feels that further development of the plan is worthwhile, but the application for development has been submitted too early, it can award an advance on the development contribution as a starting grant. This contribution may not exceed € 7,500 per project. The starting grant is intended for the first phase of a project and can be used to further develop a concept into a full development plan. The advisory committee awards a maximum of three starting grants per round. In the event of a subsequent application for development, the advance will be deducted from the maximum contribution to be applied for.
  • What are the evaluation criteria?

  • Eligible to apply are artistic productions that contain a supporting cinematic component and in which storytelling, both fiction and non-fiction in relation to interactive (web-based/mobile) or immersive media forms (360-degree video, VR, AR), plays a central role. Crossovers in the form of transmedia productions or installations can also be considered.

    During the evaluation, attention is paid to the following aspects:

    Development application
    • the project's artistic concept;
    • explanation of how form and content relate to each other;
    • vision on translation from scenario to media;
    • step towards the look & feel of the project, with attention for design and cinematic quality; possibly including mood board or clips etc.
    • explanation of how the project distinguishes itself from existing projects;
    • team members involved in development phase;
    • target audience;
    • vision on ultimate intended production;
    • planning and phasing of work in the development phase;
    • budget (containing clear explanation) and financial coverage plan.

    Realization application
    • the project's artistic concept;
    • explanation of how form and content relate to each other;
    • step towards the look & feel of the project, with attention for design and cinematic quality;
    • explanation of how the project distinguishes itself from existing projects;
    • team members involved in production phase;
    • target audience, including attention for communication and distribution strategy;
    • positioning of the project in relation to existing productions;
    • the technical set-up of the project;
    • the plan for the budget and financing, its degree of soundness and the feasibility of the final product;
    • reach, (physical) location of showing;
    • budget (containing clear explanation) and financial coverage plan.
    • plan for release; explanation of reach and marketing.

    N.B.: these are not the required attachments for the application. The required attachments are listed on the application form and they all have to be attached for the project to be processed.

    Projects that have previously received a grant from the Netherlands Film Fund and/or the Creative Industries Fund NL for a film production are not eligible for a contribution for the same stage (development, realization) of this film production. In addition to the Immerse\Interact application, it is not possible to submit an application for the same project to one of the other grant programmes of the Netherlands Film Fund or the Creative Industries Fund NL.
  • Grant procedure

  • submission
    Applications can only be submitted in digital form to the Netherlands Film Fund. The subsidy office checks applications for completeness and formal requirements as laid down in the General Regulations. Only complete applications will be taken into consideration.

    evaluation
    If your application dossier meets the conditions, it will be submitted to an independent advisory committee, which will assess the application on the basis of the established criteria. The committee issues a recommendation to the Board of the Film Fund.
    Click here to view the composition of the advisory committee.

    prioritization
    It happens quite regularly that the available budget of a subsidy round is insufficient. The total amount of the grants requested by all the positively evaluated applications exceeds the round's budget, or subsidy ceiling. Prioritization must then take place. This is carried out in accordance with Articles 9 and 10 of the Subsidy Regulations. Article 10, clause 2 (a) applies in this case:

    'The available amount will be awarded to the applicants whose application is valued most highly, where the requested contribution can be awarded to the most highly valued applications, provided the total does not exceed the subsidy ceiling, and subsequently only the amount remaining up to the subsidy ceiling will be awarded to the applicant to whom awarding a grant would lead to the subsidy ceiling being exceeded.'

    decision
    The board will take the committee's recommendation into account in their decision to award the subsidy or not. You will be informed of this decision in writing, at the latest 10 weeks after the closing date. You will receive a message with the result by email.

    After completion of the project, the makers are asked to present the project to the advisory committee.

    regulations and protocols
    The above information is an explanation in broad outline. The text of the regulations and protocols below prevails.

    regulations (in Dutch only)
    Deelreglement Ontwikkeling
    Deelreglement Realisering
    Algemeen Reglement
    Huishoudelijk Reglement

    Protocols, procedures, models (in Dutch only)
    Begrotingsmodel filmisch experiment
    Handboek Financiële Verantwoording
    Financieel en Productioneel Protocol
    Protocol Kinderbegeleiding
    Bezwaarprocedure
  • Applying for a grant

  • The procedure for an Immerse\Interact application is as follows from 7 July 2020:
    1. As applicant, you submit the digital version of the application form with its attachments to the Netherlands Film Fund. This digital application takes precedence in the evaluation.
    a. To submit a digital application, create an account in Frame. You can do that here.
    b. Then follow the four steps as described in the adjacent black box.
    2. In addition to the digital version, submit a signed paper copy of the application form without attachments within 2 days of submitting the digital version to the Netherlands Film Fund.

    N.B.:
    • You are requested to submit the applications in the Dutch language. By way of exception, individual makers with a different native language may – in consultation with the Netherlands Film Fund – submit the application in English.
    • Only complete applications (digital and paper versions) submitted on time will be considered.
  • Contact

  • For more information please contact:
    Nienke Doekes, project officer New Screen NL Talent Development & Cinematic Experiment:
    n.doekes@filmfonds.nl
    Sean Gilis, coordinator of the Interactive and Immersive Media Productions programme:
    s.gilis@stimuleringsfonds.nl
    Bonnie Dumanaw, contact person for interdisciplinary projects on behalf of the six national culture funds:
    b.dumanaw@mondriaanfonds.nl of +31 20 523 16 00

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