creative industries fund nl
Non-Fiction Transmedia Programme

Non-Fiction Transmedia Programme

Budget: € 500.000

The Creative Industries Fund NL together with the Netherlands Film Fund uses the Grant Programme for Non-fiction Transmedia to encourage new forms of documentary-making and storytelling. The grants are intended for the development and realization of projects with artistic quality which investigate the boundaries of the documentary genre and address a socially relevant subject. By means of this programme, the two funds are keen to stimulate projects within the interdisciplinary media landscape, and also to encourage crossovers and innovation in productions where cinematic elements, design and digital culture are brought together. This programme has two application rounds a year. The annual budget is distributed equally across the rounds.

The last application round closed on 23 August 2018. Keep an eye on our newsletter for more information about the transmedia programme.
Only independent producers may submit an application for this programme. Broadcasting companies and educational institutions may not receive subsidy on the basis of this grant programme.

You need to be registered as a company with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel) when you receive the subsidy.
Projects which search for a transmedia way of storytelling are eligible. In addition, projects must address relevant societal issues. They must also have a clearly identifiable cinematic component, where the visual storytelling and the utilization of new media applications come together in a non-linear way.

The projects may use the web as platform or, for instance, have as starting point a feature film, documentary or TV programme, where interactive and/or digital media are employed in a meaningful way. Note that the documentary character of the project need not stand in the way of the use of fictional creative elements in its realisation.

• Projects should have a largely Dutch character.
• Projects that have received a realization contribution in the past from one of the funds involved for the transmedia component of the project, may not receive any additional grant for that project.
• With regard to funding, the applicant should bear in mind European legislation concerning state support.
• A reasonable amount of co-funding, in the form of a personal investment or a contribution from third parties, is obligatory.

In this programme, a distinction is made between applications for development (up to € 25,000) and for realization (up to € 100,000):

Development application
Development grants are intended for all activities that precede the realization phase. These include, for example, research, developing scenarios and putting a transmedia structure in place. The maximum development grant is € 25,000 per project.

Realization application
For the realization grant, a maximum contribution of € 100,000 per project applies.
Development application
In the evaluation of a development application, attention is paid to the project's cinematic component, originality and social relevance. The following elements are important here:

• The description of the intended project (including consideration for subject matter, storylines, societal relevance and urgency);
• The vision with regard to interaction, design and information architecture;
• The team members involved;
• The intended audience;
• Which steps will be undertaken in the development phase.

Realization application
In the evaluation of a realization application, attention is paid to:

• The artistic quality of the project's design, cinematic component, scenario and the originality of the project;
• The project's subject matter, social relevance and urgency;
• The intrinsic vision and motivation of the makers;
• The vision with regard to the transmedia value of the project (including interaction, participation, media and information architecture);
• The added value of the transmedia elements over a purely linear structure;
• The available expertise and the degree of interdisciplinary collaboration within the team of makers;
• Research that underlies the subject matter;
• The degree to which the project is clearly defined (technically and in terms of content), the budget and funding are sound, and the end product is achievable;
• The degree to which the application provides evidence of knowledge about and insight into the target audience, the expected public reach and public participation, as well as an action plan for reaching the audience;
• The degree to which the project encourages as much of the used and generated (open) content and (open-source) software as possible being made publicly available and remaining so;
• The extent to which the project complements existing and comparable projects;
• The project's consistency with regard to objective, design and content.
To submit an application, you make use of the Fund's online application environment. You have to sign up and create an account to do so. Please note: do so in a timely manner, it can take up to 1 working day for the Fund to validate the account and this is only done during the working week. In addition to answering the questions in the online application form, you add a number of obligatory enclosures.

A development application contains at least the following enclosures:

1. Project plan (no more than 10 pages) that contains a clear description of the intended project and the steps to be taken in the development. (For example: storylines, vision with regard to interaction, design and information architecture, team members involved);
2. Planning and budget/funding plan for the development costs and insight into the intended costs and funding plan for the realization, if that takes place;
3. Communication plan, with regard to the ultimate production;
4. Relevant CVs of the core team members;
5. Proof of registration with a Dutch Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel);
6. Representative image for communication purposes.

A realization application contains at least the following enclosures:

1. Project plan (no more than 15 pages) that provides insight into the background and societal relevance of the subject matter, motivation of the makers, design, interaction design and media architecture, further details about the added value of the transmedia elements, composition of the team, positioning with regard to similar projects and clearly described end products;
2. Scenario or storyline;
3. Planning and budget/funding plan, any quotations;
4. Communication and distribution plan, including description of the target group;
5. CVs of the core team members;
6. Proof of registration with a Dutch Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel);
7. Representative image for communication purposes;
8. Declarations of intent, financial pledges.

In the case of a realization application where the funding plan submitted contains contributions that are not yet agreed, full funding must be guaranteed within 6 months of any joint fund contribution being awarded. Enclose here quotations and declarations of intent from parties involved.

Subsidy Regulations
The Creative Industries Fund NL has Subsidy Regulations (PDF) that formally apply to the application, evaluation, awarding and final approval of a grant. Supplementary grant programmes have been drawn up with specific objectives and conditions. This Non-fiction Transmedia Grant Programme is a scheme where two funds work together. At the Creative Industries Fund NL this scheme is modelled on the Grant Programme for Digital Culture. Read the Subsidy Regulations (PDF) attentively before submitting an application.

You can submit your draft application or project plan to the staff member concerned for advice up to a maximum of two weeks before the closing date for application. This can be done by e-mail or telephone. Do you have any other questions? See if your question is answered in the FAQ or contact the Creative Industries Fund NL.
After your application has been submitted, the Fund office checks whether you comply with the formal requirements as listed in the Subsidy Regulations (PDF).

An advisory committee will assess the extent to which your application is aligned with the criteria listed in Articles 16 - 21 of the Subsidy Regulations (PDF). If the positive decisions in a round of applications exceed the available budget, prioritization can be applied. The committee will issue a recommendation to the Creative Industries Fund NL’s Board. View the composition of the advisory committee for the Non-fiction Transmedia Grant Programme here.

The board will take the committee's recommendation into account in their decision to award the grant or not. You will be informed of the decision 10 weeks after the closing date for the grant programme at the latest.

If you do not agree with the Creative Industries Fund NL’s decision you can submit a reviewed application or a letter of appeal. More information is provided here.

If you receive a subsidy from the Creative Industries Fund NL you will enter into obligations. Please read important information on your accountability here. Download the accountability form immediately here.
For further information please contact:
Joris van Ballegooijen
Sean Gilis

You can also call +31 (0)10 4361600.

If you have questions concerning the online application environment please contact the secretariat.

grants issued Transmedia Programme


Non-Fiction Transmedia Programme Website / application

24 uur in een vluchtelingenkamp

Martijn van Tol, Dirk Jan Visser en Jan Rothuizen, 2014

'24 uur in een vluchtelingenkamp' (24 hours in a refugee camp) is a transmedia project by Martijn van Tol, Dirk Jan Visser and Jan Rothuizen in collaboration with de Volkskrant. The project charts the lives of people who have sought shelter in Domitz, a Syrian camp in northern Iraq. Rather than depicting the refugees as victims, the makers of this interactive production want to highlight everyday life in the camp. The stories are visualized by Jan Rothuizen and Aart Jan van der Linden.

Non-Fiction Transmedia Programme Website / application

Behind the Blue Screen

Ruben Pater, Jaap van Heusden, 2014

'Behind the Blue Screen' by Ruben Pater and Jaap van Heusden is a video app that conceals the face of a person who wishes to remain anonymous. In a series of sixteen video episodes published on the website of De Correspondent, people tell personal stories through an unpolished interface. The project is an outcome of the masterclass series [email protected]

Non-Fiction Transmedia Programme Website / application

Ook al ben ik zwart als roet

Sunny Bergman, 2014

Familie Film & TV has received a development subsidy for a project entitled 'Ook al ben ik zwart als roet' (Even though I’m black as soot), which it is producing with Sunny Bergman, (Beperkt houdbaar, Sletvrees) and IJsfontein. 'Ook al ben ik zwart als roet' is a transmedia project that examines insidious forms of racism and so-called 'white privilege'. More than a television documentary, it uses various (online) platforms and a game to highlight and discuss privileges and unconscious prejudices regarding skin colour. The annual discussion concerning the folklore figure known as Zwarte Piet formed the immediate inspiration for this project.

Non-Fiction Transmedia Programme Website / application

Love Radio: Episodes of Love and Hate

Steketee, Blankenvoort, Kolster, 2014

Love Radio is a transmedia project about the reconciliation process and the way people are coping with the genocide in Rwanda. In April 2014, it has been exactly 20 years since the killings of Tutsis and moderate Hutus took place, leaving more than 500,000 people dead in 100 days. The project consists of an online, interactive documentary and an exhibition in FOAM. In both cases, the makers address the fine line between the (imposed) reconciliation and the underlying tensions. Central to the project is the radio soap Musekeweya (New Dawn), a very popular Rwandan soap that aims to bring the different communities closer together. The very medium that was used to summon Hutus to murder their Tutsi neighbours 20 years ago is now used for this dramatized peace message. Though happy endings dominate the soap, real time reconciliation is proving difficult. Love Radio follows the soap’s writers, actors and listeners: Hutus and Tutsis who each carry their own memories. The premise of the documentary is that there is no such thing as ‘the truth’. There is room for different perspectives. The main characters, perpetrators and victims tell the story from every angle. The transmedia experience includes excerpts from Musekeweya and radio clips from 20 years ago. The production team is made up of photographer Anoek Steketee and filmmaker/journalist Eefje Blankevoort. Sara Kolster is supervising the online process and Kummer & Herrman are responsible for the design.

Non-Fiction Transmedia Programme AV production

Basaltfilm, 2014 follows the first inhabitants and users of Koolhaas’s new building De Rotterdam online, showing how a new community slowly gathers and gains momentum – or, if things go badly, crumbles and falls. is a transmedia project: the site interacts with the documentary film Verticale Stedelingen. will follow the developments in De Rotterdam for at least two years after its occupation. The project depicts the building as an organism, with data functioning as a heart monitor, supported by photography and audio functioning as ECGs and a thermometer. This application includes the development of the site and the transmedia architecture of plot lines.

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