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Luxembourg film academy founded

13.12.2012 From our online archive
Filmmakers in Luxembourg, from producers to scriptwriters and technicians, have come together to found the Luxembourg film academy, or “D'Filmakademie”, which will organise the Luxembourg film prize and promote the industry.

(CS) Filmmakers in Luxembourg, from producers to scriptwriters and technicians, have come together to found the Luxembourg film academy, or “D'Filmakademie”, which will organise the Luxembourg film prize and promote the industry.

Samsa Film producer Claude Waringo has been named president of the newly formed academy, with actor Jules Werner acting as secretary and editor Thierry Faber as treasurer.

They represent four Luxembourg film industry associations:

  • Union luxembourgeoise des producteurs audiovisuels (Ulpa)
  • Association luxembourgeoise des réalisateurs et scénaristes (Ars)
  • Association luxembourgeoise des techniciens de l'audiovisuel (Alta)
  • Association des acteurs luxembourgeois (Actors.lu)

The academy is open to all other people associated to the cinema. One of its tasks will be to organise the Luxembourg Filmpräis and nominate the laureates. The film prize is awarded every two years with the next edition in 2014.

The “Filmakademie” will also work to promote Luxembourg film in the Grand Duchy and to work as a consultative body for people involved in film making in the country.

New laws for better industry support

The creation of the film academy was announced just as the Culture Ministry revealed the 2011 report of the “Fonds national de soutien à la production audiovisuelle”. The Luxembourg Film Fund supported 29 projects in 2011 via selective financial aid with a total of 6,064,242 euros.

A further 24 projects received aid through the audiovisual investment certificates scheme (24,758,146 euros).

Minister of Communications and Media François Biltgen also unveiled plans for the reform of the Film Fund. This foresees the abolishment of investment certificates in favour of a direct subsidy scheme managed by the Film Fund. This would mean a complete overhaul of the financial support system resulting in all payments being granted through the system of selective financial aid, managed by the administration on the basis of a project evaluation by an advisory committee.

The ministry has also launched a draft law for a coproduction agreement between Luxembourg and Switzerland, and Luxembourg and Ireland, in order to intensify collaboration on several levels, including training, coproductions as well as exchanges in distribution and advertising.