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Filmkick Competition

Submit your own film plan and script and you could receive € 10,000 to make your film reality this year! With this competition, Noordelijk Film Festival offers a helping hand and a platform to talented filmmakers. The competition is wide open to short film plans for fiction, documentary, art, animation or music videos. If you are not a maker from Friesland, it is important that the plan does include some other link with Friesland. For example, that it will be shot at a location in Friesland or you will work with a Frisian crew or actor(s), the Frisian language is included in the script, etc. The choice is yours – whatever best suits your film plan.

The plans and scripts submitted will be assessed before the summer by an expert jury made up of film professionals working in the Netherlands. The winning project plan will receive a cash prize of € 10,000 from Noordelijk Film Festival. This prize is made available by the Province of Fryslân. After the award ceremony on Thursday 9 April, this money must be used to realise the short film as described in your plan.

Want to participate? Read on!

This is how you participate:

First read everything below carefully! The timetable, all the things that need to be addressed in your film plan, the substantive criteria on which the jury members assess the plan and the contractual conditions. If you decide to participate? Please let us know as soon as possible!

Then start with completing your plan covering all the points listed below under Film Plan & Script, clearly demonstrating how you will fulfil the concrete criteria for the competition. Ready? Then submit your film plan no later than Thursday 12 March at 11.59 p.m. Please note, we would like to receive it like this:

  • 1 pdf of a maximum of 35 pages in which your complete film plan and script is included
  • the file is called ‘Filmmaker Name – Film Title.pdf’
  • you e-mail it to
  • the subject of your e-mail is: “Filmkick Competition 2020 entry”.

Each entry will be confirmed as soon as possible after receipt, so if you do not receive a confirmation, please contact us to check if the mailing was successful. If the file is too large to attach to your e-mail, you can use WeTransfer.


Thursday March 12th
Deadline submitting plan
Thursday April 9th
Awardshow at Slieker, Leeuwarden
April till August
Making the film
Tuesday September 1st
Deadline 'rough cut' (submit film through Noorderkroon form)
Thursday October 1st
Deadline final film (send screening link to programmers)
Wednesday October 28th
Deadline to deliver the final film on DCP
Between 11 & 15 November
World premiere at the Northern Film Festival

Film Plan and Script

Make sure your final film plan contains the following elements:

  • Short introduction to the plan outlining your motivation for making the film, taking part in this competition and the link with Friesland
  • The (working) title of the film, a synopsis and the estimated length of the film (at least 3, no more than 10 minutes)
  • Information on the form the film will take: for example use of camera, sound, set design and sources of inspiration
  • A description of the characters and casting plan
  • An overview of previous work by the director, screenwriter, producer (possibly accompanied by a proof of registration with the Chamber of Commerce for the production company)
  • Clear and feasible production planning (July through October), with explanatory notes where necessary
  • A detailed budget on the basis of the prize money (10,000 Euros), if necessary supplemented by no more than 5,000 Euros (other income that can be realized)
  • Three brief statements of support (for example, from film professionals or other relevant contacts who you have worked with and who are able to say something of value from experience about your way of working, your plan, previous work, etc.)
  • The script (screenplay)

Concrete criteria

These are some of the concrete points on the basis of which the jury will assess the plans:

  • The topic is of current interest (topicality)
  • The script is original (originality)
  • The plan and the budget are realistic (feasibility)
  • The plan exudes artistic quality
  • There is a relevant link with Friesland