2021-07-12 14:20Press release

New Dawn – new film fund to open up the film industry to new voices 

Bero Beyer and Anna Serner. Photo: Erik Dalström.Bero Beyer and Anna Serner. Photo: Erik Dalström.

The Netherlands Film Fund and the Swedish Film Institute are the initiative-takers behind a new international fund that will open up the international film industry, called New Dawn. It aims to provide production funding and networks for groups of filmmakers that have traditionally found it hard to get financing for their projects.


In just two months, and several film institutes around the world have shown an interest, and eight funds are now finalizing the criteria for the fund. Filmmakers who have previously found it hard to get funding from the national film institutes due to one of the grounds for discrimination will now be given new opportunities. 


The countries in the mix from the start are the Netherlands, Sweden, Slovenia, Denmark, Finland, French and Flemish Belgium, and Luxembourg. More countries are expected to be announced this autumn, when the fund will be launched on the market at an international festival. 


The fund will be administered by the Netherlands Film Fund, and applications will be open from spring 2022. Qualified applicants are film projects with a director, producer and/or screenwriter from one of the groups that the United Nations Human Rights Act specifies as a discriminated group. The fund will be open to feature-length (>60 min) documentaries and fiction films. Project groups that have received funding will also be offered access to a network with activities throughout the year. 


“There is a vast number of new perspectives and narrative voices which we need to bring out into the light,” says Anna Serner, CEO of the Swedish Film Institute. “The film industry is still a closed shop founded on old networks. More filmmakers need to be let in if the film industry is to be as vibrant, exciting and important as it can be. The film industry has become more aware of how closed its world is since #metoo and Black Lives Matter. There has been broad consensus to date that we must start finding these new voices. There are large audience groups who do not currently choose film, so we must broaden the repertoire. Because fundamentally, everyone loves film,” Anna Serner concludes. 


“I am convinced that if we truly want a vibrant, open and inclusive film industry that embraces multiple perspectives of filmmaking, we need to tackle the inherent obstacles not just nationally but also on an international level”, says Bero Beyer, CEO of the Netherlands Film Fund. “So I contacted Anna Serner and the Swedish Film Institute, whom I believe to be trailblazers in going from talking to acting on matters of equality and inclusion, to discuss that international angle. Together we reached out to many other public funders and it was both thrilling and inspiring to see such strong support from so many countries, that acknowledge the need and urgency of the New Dawn initiative, and are willing to back it up in spirit and with money.”, says Bero Beyer, CEO of the Netherlands Film Fund.


Further details will follow at one of the major film festivals during the autumn.


More information: Anna Serner, anna.serner@filminstitutet.se

Bero Beyer: b.beyer@filmfunds.nl 



About The Swedish Film Institute

The Swedish Film Institute is a collective voice for film in Sweden, and a meeting-place for experiences and insights that elevate film on all levels. We preserve and make available Sweden’s film heritage, work to educate children and young people in film and moving images, support the production, distribution and screening of valuable film, and represent Swedish film internationally. A broad diversity of narratives establishes discussions and insights that strengthen the individual and our democracy. Together, we enable more people to create, experience and be enriched by film.


Jan Göransson
Head of Press
Jan Göransson