Hubert Bals Fund

NFF+HBF Co-production Scheme

The NFF+HBF Co-production Scheme (previously HBF Plus) is a collaboration between the Netherlands Film Fund and the Hubert Bals Fund. The NFF+HBF programme offers support twice a year.

Annually, between around 30 film productions are realised with the support of the Hubert Bals Fund. In order to stimulate the involvement of Dutch producers in international co-productions, and to support Hubert Bals Fund projects in the stage of production, the Netherlands Film Fund and the HBF have set up the Netherlands Film Fund - Hubert Bals Fund Co-production Scheme.

The Netherlands Film Fund sets available an amount of € 300,000 for the NFF+HBF scheme per year. Dutch producers can be awarded a maximum of € 75,000 production support in order to co-produce a film that has received a script development grant by the HBF.

An overview of past selections can be found here.

How to apply

Only Dutch producers can apply for financial support from NFF+HBF. Projects eligible for the NFF+HBF programme are those that have been granted HBF support for HBF Script and Project Development at an earlier stage, and that are now looking for funds to finance the production. 

The NFF+HBF Guide contains all eligible projects and contact details of all eligible Dutch production companies. It is available for download here (update February 2021).

NFF+HBF applications should be done at the Netherlands Film Fund. For upcoming deadlines, please see here


  • Applicants are Dutch (co-)producers
  • The project must have received HBF Script and Project Development support
  • Maximum contribution is € 75,000
  • Maximum 10% overhead and producers fee
  • 50% of the committed amount (including overhead and fee) must be spent on Dutch services, cast and crew
  • The total production budget cannot be more than € 1,000,000
  • The Dutch producer must have produced at least one theatrically released feature film
  • Applications should be done at the Netherlands Film Fund

Requested materials

  • Cover letter of Dutch producer
  • Updated synopsis
  • Director's statement
  • Script (in English)
  • Total budget
  • Finance plan (listing the contributions of attached partners)
  • Expenditure plan of Dutch producer (written explanation)
  • Company profiles of all involved producers
  • Deal memo / co-production agreement(s)
  • Production schedule
  • Bio/filmography and previous work of director (DVDs or a link available online)
  • Written explanation on distribution strategy / audience engagement plan for finished film

The NFF+HBF Co-development Scheme

Besides the NFF+HBF Co-production scheme, the Hubert Bals Fund also collaborates with the Netherlands Film Fund on another scheme: the NFF+HBF Co-development scheme. Through this scheme, that was launched in January 2017, the HBF can support ten projects with Dutch co-production potential with Script and Project Development Support grant each year. The scheme is not open for applications. The projects are incorporated in the regular Script and Project Development selection. Once a selection has been made, the Hubert Bals Fund liaises with the Netherlands Film Fund in order to determine which selected projects will be supported through this scheme. The handling will be done by the HBF and the awarded grant and contract conditions are exactly the same as for regular Script and Project Development support. 


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  • Esther Bannenberg

    Interim manager Hubert Bals Fund

  • Jeske van der Slikke

    Hubert Bals Fund Coordinator (on maternity leave from 1 May)

  • Sara Juricic

    IFFR Pro, HBF Coordinator & CineMart Project Manager

  • Fraser White

    HBF Officer

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