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A new Film Facts & Figures, the annual report from the Netherlands Film Fund about the Dutch film sector, has been published in collaboration with the Dutch Film Research Foundation.

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After a steep decline (-6.5%) in cinema visitor share in 2016, the Dutch share remained relatively stable in 2017 (12%, a 0.3% drop in comparison to 2016). The number of admissions to Dutch films rose in 2017, but this increase was negated by a similar increase in the number of total admissions. Total revenues grew from €580 million to €628 million (+8,3%), fueled by a strong box office and VOD growth.

In 2017, the Netherlands Film Fund supported 680 out of 1306 applications with grants, investing a total of €54.5 million. On average, they granted 34% of documentary production costs (28% in 2016), 50% of animation production costs (similar to 2016), 33% of experimental film production costs (39% in 2016) and 50% of shorts production costs (42% in 2016).

Thirty-eight (38) Dutch features were released in 2017 (37 in 2016), reaching an average audience of 88,070 (122,795 in 2016) – a decline of 28,3%. This is likely due to the absence of a Dutch crowd-pleaser.

In 2017, 45 Dutch films entered the competitions of renowned international film festivals such as Berlinale, Sundance, TIFF and the Tribeca Film Festival. Together, these 45 films were awarded with 8 feature prizes. One hundred forty (140) non-features (documentaries, animated films, experimental movies and shorts) were also selected. These films received a total of 12 prizes.

Similarly to 2015 and 2016, admissions per capita continued to increase in 2017. On average, Dutch people visited a cinema 2.1 times per person per year.

The Dutch Film Research Foundaton (Stichting Filmonderzoek) contributes to the Film Facts & Figures. For more information about attendance demographics and cinema attendance per age group, click here (page 42).