New Producers Academy



NPA Fellowship 2024


Our NPA Fellowship is for emerging producers from underrepresented communities, who want to tell their own stories. The 18-month fellowship provides our New Producers with the professional and personal skills to get their first project off the ground. The programme offers workshops, masterclasses and tailor-made mentorship with prominent local and international leaders in the world of TV and Film, as well funding and networking opportunities to give our fellows the skills and network needed for an enduring career in the Dutch film industry.

New Producers Academy Application Dates 2024

  • 8th March, 2024: Application deadline fellowship
  • 4th April, 2024: End of first selection round
  • 29th April, 2024: End of final selection round
  • 30th May, 2024: Begin NPA Fellowship



  • Applicants have production experience within the wider cultural sector – advertising, theatre, and music videos;
  • Applicants are proficient in both English and Dutch; 
  • Applicants have an entrepreneurial mindset;
  • Applicants have a basic understanding of the production process in the cultural sector; from pre-production to production and post-production;
  • Applicants are passionate about their career path and have an interesting personal motivation to produce films. 

To apply, applicants have to pay a one-time fee of €15 (incl. VAT).


We ask for a three-minute video – in Dutch or in English – to introduce yourself and your motivation for wanting to apply, both within your own career journey and for the Dutch film industry. We want to see that you’re aspiring to an enduring career as a producer within the Netherlands. It’s also an opportunity to show-off your production skills!

Additionally, we’re looking for a two-pager pitch for a chosen film idea – either fiction or non-fiction –, a CV and at least one link to previous work(s), so our selection committee can assess your writing skills and ideas. Each application will then be weighed by our judges for several rounds in order to find five final participants. 

The selection committee will make sure that within our New Producers there is variation between fiction and documentary, but also a range of personal backgrounds and experience in the cultural sector. The aim is to build a community in which talents can learn from and support each other.

Applying for the NPA fellowship program is open until March 8, 2024.


  • Learn to convey who you are as a producer and know how to position yourself in the market
  • Become fully equipped to start as a line producer or an independent producer
  • Have the tools to stand your ground in a sector where diversity and inclusion are not always a given
  • You will learn where your talents lie and how you can harness them to achieve your goals. Are you more creative or business-oriented or even both!
  • You will create a strong network to get your first film project off the ground


The 18-month fellowship consists of five modules, divided into PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT (leadership and personal ecology) and PROFESSIONAL SKILLS (skills necessary to be a producer).



In the first phase, fellows will receive training, workshops, and masterclasses from renowned experts in the Dutch and international film landscape. They will also have access to funding and networking opportunities. In the second phase, fellows will work at an established producer or production company to gain practical experience and a better understanding of how the film industry works. In the third phase, fellows will create their first independent short film or documentary, with the support of Netflix Creative Equity Fund. 


During the production of the shorts in the third phase, every fellow is matched with a dedicated mentor (an experienced producer in their field of interest) with whom they will meet regularly, to receive guidance and support. With this buddy-system, we ensure that the participants get the full support they need to get their first productions off the ground and deliver it successfully.


The New Producers Academy believes in not just finding, but nurturing production talent that may otherwise be overlooked due to financial restrictions. To make sure our New Producers, regardless of economic means or family situation, can participate and make the most of the programme, we offer a monthly financial contribution. This scholarship is intended to lower the threshold for diverse target groups to get started in the film world. 

Meet our Head of Studies

Marit van den Elshout is joining the New Producers Academy as the head of studies. Bringing her vast experience, fresh vision and relevant network both nationally as well as internationally, she will lead the overall direction and management of the NPA’s educational programme in close coordination with the NPA board. 

Marit heads the IFFR Pro department of International Film Festival Rotterdam, which includes all film industry-related initiatives at the festival, including co-production market, CineMart and the Hubert Bals Fund. She’s also acted on several selection committees, including the Rotterdam Media Fund, the Netherlands Film Fund (the feature film and co-productions committees) and the Dutch Cultural Media Fund. She is an EAVE 2009 graduate, has served on several juries for project markets and is a member of the European Film Academy.

Become a Producer

There is a one-time application fee of €15 (incl. BTW)

Before applying for the New Producers Academy Fellowship 2023, please read the requirements and review our Privacy Policy and FAQs. If you still have questions regarding the entry process, please feel free to reach out: hello[@]

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