After movies like black book, Banker of the resistance and The condemnation the Golden Calves will soon have a new winner. The nominations for the film awards will be announced on Saturday evening. How are they actually determined?By Fabian Melchers
The Golden Calf Gala, invariably the highlight of the Netherlands Film Festival, certainly does not happen overnight. The organization needs three months to come up with the list of contenders. That voting process will start at the end of June with a pre-selection.
Between 1981 and 2015, a jury awarded the film prizes, but nowadays everything runs through the Dutch Academy For Film. That organization consists of 625 professionals from various branches of the film industry. They are first assigned fifteen titles per person to determine a pre-selection. That way, members don’t have to watch an impossible amount of movies in a short time.
But that does have consequences. Several popular movies, such as Moroccan wedding and Pregnant & Co, did not make it to the pre-selection and will therefore not be mentioned on Saturday evening. There is an exception for the three most visited films. Everything on the table, Bon Bini Holland 3 and costa!! still have a chance to win the Audience Award. You can vote online until September 26.
Voorselectie speelfilms Gouden Kalveren (en hoe je ze buiten het NFF kunt zien)
- Along the Way (NPO Start)
- ANNE+ (Netflix, Pathé Thuis, NLZIET)
- Bo (vanaf 29 september in de bioscoop)
- Captain Nova (Netflix, Pathé Thuis, Picl)
- Do Not Hesitate (Pathé Thuis, Picl)
- Femi (vanaf 29 september in de bioscoop)
- Forever Rich (Netflix)
- Knor (nu in de bioscoop)
- Met Mes (Prime Video, Pathé Thuis, Picl)
- Mijn beste vriendin Anne Frank (Netflix, Pathé Thuis)
- Moloch (Pathé Thuis, Ziggo)
- Narcosis (vanaf 14 oktober in de bioscoop)
- Nr. 10 (HBO Max, Pathé Thuis)
- Pink Moon (nu in de bioscoop)
- Splendid Isolation (vanaf 5 oktober op Picl)
- Strijder (nu in de bioscoop)
- The Last Ride of the Wolves (Prime Video, Pathé Thuis)
- White Berry (Picl)
Nominations only within own field
At the beginning of September, Academy members were allowed to vote for the nominations, but only within their own field. So actors determine the acting nominations, directors choose directors, and so on. Anyone can participate in the Best Film category. Other major film awards, such as the American Oscars and the German Lola’s, operate on a similar system.
The result will therefore become clear on Saturday evening, and then a new round of voting will immediately start. Academy members can choose from all nominees until September 28. The climax follows two days later in the Utrecht City Theater.
If you want to follow the ceremony live, you can do so on Friday evening via the official website of the Netherlands Film Festival. Tickets for the program will also be sold there from Sunday morning Nominated! on September 27 and 28. All contenders for Best Film and Best Long Documentary can then be seen in Utrecht.