Last Monday, December 9, we reached the first deadline for the new generation of filmmakers to submit their original ideas for the new talent development process, the Videoland Academy.
Videoland makes more than a million euros available to give new talent the opportunity to make a total of four fiction films of 45 minutes and one documentary. For this first edition (2020-2021), more than 150 applications were received for fiction films with the theme Grounded Sci-Fi and documentary series with the theme True Crime.
Antoinette Beumer (Head of development scripted fiction and non-fiction RTL and director):
"We are pleasantly surprised with this large number of registrations for this first edition of Videoland Academy. It indicates that the new batch of makers has found us and embraces our initiative."
Videoland will make a selection with the help of Dr.Script of makers that will continue with the Videoland Academy. This selection will be announced in January during the IFFR Pro Days 2020, where initially six fiction and four focus series are chosen for the talent development trajectory. These makers receive a financial contribution, are brought into contact with various professionals and follow several workshops to further develop their projects.
A final selection will follow in May, where ultimately four fiction films and one documentary series are further supported, supported and realized financially and substantively. The broadcast of these films is scheduled for 2021 on Videoland and premieres are planned during the Dutch Film Festival and IDFA 2021.