During the official award show of the Eindhoven Film Festival, five filmmakers gave the go-ahead for the crowdfunding campaign for The Blue Virgin, a short film part of a plan to turn the Dutch province of Noord-Brabant into a bustling film region. Tim Klok, Carl van de Wetering, Puck Mickers, Joeri Pruys and Ewoud Bon intend to make The Blue Virgin part of a program aimed at the Brabant film industry, in which education and knowledge transfer are central themes. A tentative premiere date for The Blue Virgin is set in the autumn of 2016.
The crowdfunding for The Blue Virgin is hosted on the acclaimed crowdfunding platform Cinecrowd.nl, through which in recent years dozens of film projects have been financed successfully. On the platform, private individuals and companies can give small and large donations to The Blue Virgin. In return, the donors receive nice rewards, from tickets for the premiere to a fully catered trip to the film set in France. Companies also receive tax benefits.
The Gemert-based producers Mickers and Van de Wetering are no strangers to the regional media production sector. With their company VandePunt Film Productions they have produced a wide range of commercials and corporate films. For The Blue Virgin they form a team with Tim Klok (director/producer), who hails from the region, Joeri Pruys (scriptwriter/producer) and Ewoud Bon (director of photography/producer). Together with regional partners, they intend to develop and implement the Brabant Regional Film Region Program, which aims to help put Brabant on the map as a film region.
Producer Mickers: “Unfortunately, a lot of film talent leaves the region for Amsterdam after their studies, because the Brabant film industry offers less perspective on work and there are few opportunities to gain experience on large film sets. We want to help change that, with The Blue Virgin and next productions. We do this by offering young talent an opportunity to gain valuable experience in making fiction and thereby giving a sustainable boost to the Brabant film sector.”