Online festivals in times of COVID-19
Since March 2020, festivals have been faced with a difficult choice between postponing, modifying or cancelling their festival due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some festivals organized an online alternative at the last minute and others were rescheduled for 2021. To give organizations the opportunity to submit applications for festivals taking place in the first half of 2021, the Creative Industries Fund NL established an additional application round in August 2020.
Kaboom Animation Festival 2021
Big Bang is the theme of this year's Kaboom Animation Festival, which takes place online from 31 March to 5 April. Kaboom Animation Festival aims to position animation as a medium that plays an essential and interpretive role in the changing and growing media landscape. Enjoy at home, at work, or wherever and whenever it suits you, what top national and international animators have to offer, with 333 films from 53 countries. The programme features animations about dinosaurs, primitive humans and clumsy gods alongside films about social themes. In addition, on 29 and 30 March 2021, there are the Kaboom Industry Days with discussions about the Dutch animation landscape.
Imagine Film Festival 2021
Fans of horror, science fiction and fantasy can enjoy an online programme consisting of over 55 short films, talks, masterclasses and more during Imagine Film Festival from 7 to 17 April 2021. At Imagine Film Festival, everything revolves around the imagination. Every year, they challenge the public to think about the future of humankind and society through imagination. The power of the fantastic film is utilized here, because it allows you to discover future worlds, to develop a different view of reality, to explore the unknown and to broaden your outlook as a result.
From 6 to 9 May 2021, Rewire presents online a multitude of projects and formats that demonstrate the different ways in which artists have created and performed works under physical restrictions. Discover innovative music and sound art at this annual international festival and experience a broad programme with a focus on the artistic vanguard in contemporary electronic music, new jazz, experimental pop, sound art and modern composed music. The festival brings together artists and audiences to create and share unique audiovisual and interactive experiences, alongside a discursive programme of lectures, workshops and meditations that aims to critically engage with the festival theme of (Re)setting.
Illustration Biennal 2021
The Illustration Biennial celebrates the versatility of illustration every two years with presentations by illustrators, exhibitions and publications on contemporary visual culture. The festival is a meeting place for illustrators, professional colleagues, commissioning clients, publishers and other graphic art enthusiasts. It makes connections between content, illustrators and audience, and is unique in doing so. The Illustration Biennial 2021 is going ahead on Sunday, 30 May and opens at 11:30 via a live stream from the Netherlands Institute for Image and Sound in Hilversum. Join in and experience the versatility and power of illustration with interviews and presentations by Bodil Jane, Sarah Yu Zeebroek, Peter Van den Ende, Farida Sedoc, Geertje Aalders, Johan Kleinjan, Jeanne Detallante, Zaou Vaughan, and Leonie Bos.
new grant programme
The Fund is working on a new grant programme for festivals that takes into account the regionalization of festivals and the COVID-19 pandemic. Every application must meet the requirements and objectives of the new Festivals Grant Programme. More information on the new format of the Festivals grant programme will be announced later this year.