Over €40 million for Luxembourg film industry
(CS) Luxembourg's Film Fund in 2013 allocated over 40 million euros to film productions, with the system of Audiovisual Investment Certificates to be scrapped as part of a wider reform of the body greenlighted by MPs earlier this month.
The Film Fund until now awarded two different types of financial support:
• Audiovisual Investment Certificates – subsidies awarded to offset some of the cost of production in Europe and, in particular, Luxembourg
• National Audiovisual Production Support (“Aides Financiers Selectives” - AFS) – discretionary loans provided to Luxembourg-based producers
The latter are split into to parts, with around 1.2 million euros given for script-writing and development of films in 2013, while 32 films benefitted from a total sum of 34 million euros for production.
Among the projects to receive Film Fund support is Luxembourg post-WW2 drama “Eng nei Zait” by Christophe Wagner, who previously co-wrote and directed thriller “Doudege Wénkel”, as well as Black Harvest, a documentary feature on hydraulic fracking in North Dakota.
Meanwhile 14 films received Audiovisual Investment Certificate funding, including Ernest & Célestine, which was nominated for a best animated feature Academy Award this year. A total sum of 15,491,579 euros were spent on the certificate programme in 2013.
New selection committee
At a presentation of the results on Monday, Film Fund director Guy Daleiden revealed that applications for funding were up 30 percent, while available resources had stayed the same, leading to a stricter selection process.
Daleiden said that feature films made in Luxembourg would be given priority over co-productions in which Luxembourg producers have only a minority share.
The reform of the Film Fund by Luxembourg law will also see a new selection committee set up including five industry experts, headed by a board composed of three members. The committee will assess applications by their artistic and cultural merit, their impact on the development of the audiovisual sector, sociocultural heritage and national history and memory criteria, potential for distribution and commercialisation nationally and internationally, as well as promotion.
The new committee will replace a former system of two such bodies – one dedicated to script-reading and the other to technical and financial evaluation.
Additionally, only direct subsidies will be paid in the future and the indirect system of Investment Certificates will be scrapped.
To access the full 2013 Film Fund report, click here.
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