New Dawn European Film Fund launched in Cannes in 2022, is happy to have two new people on board our commission. Sasha Dees and Cesar Majorana will join us this upcoming round for the first time. We look forward to picking their brains, and having inspiring conversations soon for the first round in 2024 this May.

New Dawn is striving for a vibrant, open, and inclusive film industry with true diversity of perspectives, filmic expressions, and relevance for everyone.

New Dawn is an initiative of (currently) 10 public funds, including the Dutch Film Fund, aiming to open up the film industry to the many voices and perspectives in our continuously changing society. As public funds, we have a responsibility to support talented filmmakers without prejudice or exclusion and to give ample opportunity for multifaceted, original, and authentic films to flourish.

New Dawn will operate as a production fund, by making additional funding available for film productions and by supporting film makers in setting up networks.

Public funders have a responsibility to support talented film makers without prejudice or exclusion and to give ample opportunity for multifaceted, original and authentic film to flourish. New Dawn strives to expand the international possibilities for the many voices and perspectives in our continuously changing societies, as a joint step forward towards a more diverse film landscape.

New Dawn: more ways to establish variety and representation

The film industry of today is still unequal in many ways. Large demographic groups have been struggling for access to funding and to the marketplace. Through their work filmmakers shape the narrative of our time and the harsh conclusion is that this has mostly been possible for too narrow a scope of film makers. The consequences are a lack of cinematic perspectives of what it means being a human today. Public funders have a responsibility to address these issues both on a national and on an international level.

With the introduction of New Dawn the participating funds therefore want to explore more ways to establish variety and representation. New Dawn will operate as a production fund, by making extra funding available for film productions, both feature length fiction and documentary productions, as well as by supporting film makers in setting up networks. New Dawn is inviting film makers – and other public funds – to contribute to the mission of New Dawn.