De Verbeelding

De Verbeelding is a collaborative project between the Mondriaan Fund and the Netherlands Film Fund that is aimed at films that are on the cusp between cinematography and visual art.

 For whom and what?
A production company (a legal entity, so not a one-man business or general partnership (VOF)) established in the Netherlands or in another Member State of the EU, EER or in Switzerland for at least two years that produces and develops films and other audio-visual productions on a continuous basis.

The production company should be represented by a producer who, as the majority producer, was ultimately responsible for realising and releasing at least one film with a cinema release in the Netherlands. The producer should also have experience with the production and release of creative, artistic and/or experimental films.

The film should be directed by a professional visual artist as defined in the Mondriaan Fund’s General Terms and Conditions. In addition, the visual artist should have demonstrably worked professionally as a visual artist for at least the previous two years and should be integrated into the Dutch visual art circuit. He/she should also have a demonstrably good track record in the field of independent artistic, creative and/or experimental films. Applications from people who are still engaged in vocational training, including post-academic study programmes, will not be accepted. A maximum of two projects may be submitted by each applicant or visual artist. The producer and the visual artist may not be the same person. In this collaborative project, a maximum of two films will be selected for realisation. The maximum realisation contribution by the joint funds is 300,000 euros for each film.

Which conditions?

  • The project mainly originates from the visual aspect of the medium and has the artistic potential to be selected for leading international film festivals.
  •  The minimum length of the project is 60 minutes.
  •  Any additional financing must have been realised within twelve months of being allocated.
  •  The contribution by the funds must constitute a substantial share of the total budget.
  •  The project is suitable for display on a single screen and for release in the cinema.

How will the project be assessed?
Applications that comply with the specific conditions will be presented to a selection committee made up of representative of both funds. During the selection process, the committee will focus on the following:

  •  the quality of the film outline, with the focus on the internal consistency and the visual quality, amongst other things;
  •  the cinematic experiment related to the boundaries between cinematography and visual art;
  •  the motivation of the producer and the visual artist for making the film and their vision of the film;
  •  the quality of the oeuvre and the track record of the visual artist and the producer;
  •  the financial and production-related feasibility and solidity of the film outline, including the feasibility of the additional financing within the specific period;
  •  the extent to which the production has an impact on the Dutch audiovisual and visual art sector;
  •  the plans for distributing the film and the potential distribution partners.

After an initial selection, a number of applicants will be invited to present their plan orally to the committee.

How do you apply?
In 2018, there will be a new round of applications for de Verbeelding. Check the newsletter for more information.

For more information, contact:
Film Fund: Sabine Terken, Project Supervisor New Screen NL:
Mondriaan Fund: Wouter Koelman, Senior Project Employee:

De Verbeelding is the follow-up to earlier collaborations in 2007, 2012 and 2014. Those collaborations gave rise to the following projects (some of which are now under production): History’s Future by Fiona Tan (producer Family Affair Films B.V.), Passing the Information by Gerald van der Kaap (producer: Interakt Foundation) still in production, Work by Erik van Lieshout (producer: Popov Film V.O.F.), Winterstilte by Sonja Wyss (producer: SNG Film), De Stillen by Ricky Rijneke (producer: Rotterdam Films), Winterland by Dick Tuinder (producer: Column Film) and C’est déja l’été by Martijn Maria Smits (producer: De Productie) and Possessed by Daniel van der Velden, Vinca Kruk and Rob Schröder (producer: Dutch Mountain Film).