Nominee Name:
Bas van der Ree
Film Commission:
Netherlands Film Commission
Term Nomination:
2 Year Term

Nominee's Professional Brief

Nominee Professional Biography

With over 25 years of experience as a location scout, line producer and producer on feature films, TV series and commercials I head the Netherlands Film Commission since 2014. This Film Commission is a division of the Netherlands Film Fund, the national agency for supporting film production and film financing in the Netherlands.
The Fund runs an up to 35% cash rebate Incentive on production costs spent in the Netherlands.

Throughout my career I established partnerships for numerous international productions and gained in-depth knowledge of the entire filmmaking process during which I have cooperated with many Film Commissions around the world. In combination with profound understanding of locations, production, budgeting and scheduling, my office became the primary source of information for all film related inquiries in the Netherlands.
Recent results are Lana Wachowski’s Sense8, Christopher Nolan’s DUNKIRK, Patrick Hughes’ The Hitman’s Bodyguard and John Crowley’s The Goldfi

Professional Knowledge, Skill sets, and Strategic planning Experience

Taken that the AFCI Board of Directors represents the interests and needs of its members, I believe my extensive production and finance background including locations make me understand many counterparts at the table when production challenges need to be solved. Knowing both sides of the isle at best puts me in a position to bring both worlds and needs together.
With experience of what Film Commissions do encounter, at one hand extensive filming requirements and at the other side officials who are limited by their authorities, my role at the Board could be translating the needs of AFCI’s members into practical solutions and / or recommendations on e.g. training and education.
I would use my multiple experience as Film Commissioner, where I designed strategic plans to gain maximum yield achieved within the most efficient time frame. Implementing the Dutch Incentive program, mapping it out and setting goals on the horizon, was essential and crucial.

Which areas of AFCI activities and programs do you think are of the most strategic importance to you and why?

The AFCI organises two very important and fruitful annual events: the AFCI week and Cineposium. We as members benefit very much from these events in the field of expertise and the standpoint of visions of the industry partners, also by meeting them in person. Very important is to meet with and to get informed by our international Film Commission colleagues. I suggest to keep deepening these events with more keynote speakers and panel meetings. I would actively work on collaborating with e.g. C21 Media or Landmarks at the Berlinale.
I learned from the AFCI courses and would encourage all members to follow these courses and evaluate extension of these masterclasses.
With the current tsunami of the demand for producing content that surrounds us, grows the need for education, training and talent development. I wish to identify courses, masterclasses and workshops for this.
I find setting goals for e.g. educational directions within the framework of AFCI through its Board essential.

What is most appealing to you about serving on the board of directors?

Being with joint professional voices at the table and, moreover, hearing professional signals from member-Film Commissions and the Industry through the Board encourages me very much to become a member
To listen to our members and find and initiate ways to help improving the work of Film Commission offices in regard to the fast changing world around us stimulates me immensely.
I look forward to become a trustworthy partner for our member-Film Commissions and share my experiences during Board meetings as well as learning the visions from other Board members