The Dutch Film Research Foundation (Stichting Filmonderzoek) is an independent research foundation that conducts research on behalf of the film business. The research field includes cinemas, distributors and film production. Film Research’ main commissioners are the Dutch Exhibitors Association, Film Distributors Netherlands, EYE Filmmuseum and the Netherlands Film Fund, among other organisations and companies such as cinemas (independently owned or part of a chain), distributors and cinema advertising companies.
Film Research wants to provide practical information and advice on which the industry can base decisions. Through its research projects, Film Research aims to contribute to the improvement of the film industry. Its research is always practical and useful, produces results for clients and offers insights into possible challenges and solutions.
Film Research possesses thorough knowledge about the film industry. The board consists of people who combine their substantial knowledge of the film business with an interest in scientific research. In addition, through direct contact with the industry, Film Research uses knowledge and expertise from the film sector itself. Acquired knowledge and contacts in the industry facilitate the work on many different kinds of research proposals.
Film Research collaborates with reputable and reliable national (online) research panels for its quantitative market research. Using data from these panels, Film Research is able to give reliable information about movie consuming that is representative of the whole of the Netherlands. This data is presented annually in the Cinema Monitor (de Bioscoopmonitor). Furthermore, Film Research conducts (online) survey research projects based on customer databases to acquire insight into cinemagoers’ motivations, needs and levels of satisfaction. Film Research also performs studies combining quantitative and qualitative research methods, for deeper insights into audience motivations. One such study focuses on the experiences of young cinemagoers (aged 16 to 29), commissioned by EYE in 2016 (only available in Dutch).
Film Research has a broad knowledge of current affairs and statistics within the film industry. It also has access to important data, contacts and sources, both national and international. In addition, it possesses a large collection of literature relating to the film industry.
Most research projects are only available in Dutch, but on request we can inform you about the results in English. There are some studies available in English:
- Research on the Digital Cinema roll-out in the Netherlands, 2014
- Report on the conference cinema2020, 2016
- Film Facts & Figures 2016
The Dutch Film Research Foundation was founded in 1993 when the Netherlands Federation for Cinematography (NFC) started a research department. Early 2004, Film Research became an independent organization. The foundation has also collaborated with the University of Utrecht and its Education Institute of Media and Culture and the Professional School of the Arts (PSAU). In 2008, the foundation obtained its own office in Utrecht. A project manager was appointed for the realization of the first self composed Cinema-Monitor (Bioscoopmonitor), the annual study commissioned by the Dutch cinema association (NVB, now NVBF) and Dutch film distributors association (NVF, now FDN) into the consumer behavior of moviegoers. In March 2013, the Dutch Film Research Foundation moved to Amsterdam and currently consists of two researchers.
Koen de Groot – Research consultant
Joost Kamer – Researcher
Tel: +31 (0)20 4266119
Dutch Film Research Foundation
Krijn Taconiskade 276
1087 HW Amsterdam