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.
Schedule New Producers Academy 2023
To apply, applicants have to pay a one-time fee of €15 (incl. VAT).
HOW TO APPLY
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 one-page 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.
Submissions for the Fellowship Programme 2023 are currently closed.
OUTCOME FOR THE FELLOWS
NPA FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME
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).
THE THREE PHASES
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.
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.
There is a one-time application fee of €15 (incl. BTW)