Dec 14 2010

Minister Biltgen Steals the Show at Film Fund Anniversary

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SOURCE: http://www.mymosaik.lu

The Luxembourg Film Fund celebrated its 20th anniversary in style at the Utopolis multiplex in Kirchberg yesterday evening.

Around 500 people filled the Salle 10 screening room. In the presence of Prince Guillaume and the Minister  for Communications, Francois Biltgen, those present were welcomed by Mr Guy Daleiden, Director of the Luxembourg Film fund. He presented a history of the Luxembourg Film Fund and its involvement both in Luxembourg films and international films. The fund was created by the government 20 years ago and currently employs over 500 people in the industry here, with six animation studios and five production studios. The government also created a tax regime to attract the production of films here, with current Prime Minister, Jean-Claude Juncker then as Minister of Finance.

This was followed by a homage to the Luxembourg film industry by Fred Neuen and Max Hochmuth, entitled “20 Joer Film Fong”. Paul Lesch, teacher and historian, then introduced and provided some narration on a compilation of featured clips from many films shot in Luxembourg over the last 20 years, both documentary and drama, as well as thrillers, and also animated films that had been made here. This included glimpses of many actors and actresses that have worked here, with recent examples including Stephen Fry in “House og Boys” and Michael Caine in “Flawless”.

Minister Biltgen then delivered what was widely described as the most amusing speech from a Luxembourg politician in years, even considering that it was all ad lib, without any notes whatsoever. He received a rousing ovation from all in attendance.

Gast Waltzing then demonstrated how a soundtrack, and music in particular, could influence and impact on a film. The same piece was shown a number of times, with Gast waltzing and his orchestra performing very varied music to evoke very different emotions relating to the same visual screening.

Guy Daleiden also took the opportunity to launch the new logo of the Luxembourg Film Fund. The anniversary celebrations concluded with a reception attended by Prince Guillaume, Minister Biltgen, those behind the Luxembourg Film Fund and all invited guests.

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SOURCE: http://www.mymosaik.lu

The Luxembourg Film Fund celebrated its 20th anniversary in style at the Utopolis multiplex in Kirchberg yesterday evening.

Around 500 people filled the Salle 10 screening room. In the presence of Prince Guillaume and the Minister  for Communications, Francois Biltgen, those present were welcomed by Mr Guy Daleiden, Director of the Luxembourg Film fund. He presented a history of the Luxembourg Film Fund and its involvement both in Luxembourg films and international films. The fund was created by the government 20 years ago and currently employs over 500 people in the industry here, with six animation studios and five production studios. The government also created a tax regime to attract the production of films here, with current Prime Minister, Jean-Claude Juncker then as Minister of Finance.

This was followed by a homage to the Luxembourg film industry by Fred Neuen and Max Hochmuth, entitled “20 Joer Film Fong”. Paul Lesch, teacher and historian, then introduced and provided some narration on a compilation of featured clips from many films shot in Luxembourg over the last 20 years, both documentary and drama, as well as thrillers, and also animated films that had been made here. This included glimpses of many actors and actresses that have worked here, with recent examples including Stephen Fry in “House og Boys” and Michael Caine in “Flawless”.

Minister Biltgen then delivered what was widely described as the most amusing speech from a Luxembourg politician in years, even considering that it was all ad lib, without any notes whatsoever. He received a rousing ovation from all in attendance.

Gast Waltzing then demonstrated how a soundtrack, and music in particular, could influence and impact on a film. The same piece was shown a number of times, with Gast waltzing and his orchestra performing very varied music to evoke very different emotions relating to the same visual screening.

Guy Daleiden also took the opportunity to launch the new logo of the Luxembourg Film Fund. The anniversary celebrations concluded with a reception attended by Prince Guillaume, Minister Biltgen, those behind the Luxembourg Film Fund and all invited guests.

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