Jul 31 2014

New export aid for Luxembourg films

Published by at 07:56 under Filmfund Luxembourg

SOURCE: http://www.wort.lu

(CS) The Luxembourg Film Fund is working on introducing a new financial aid for films made in the Grand Duchy, in order to help them reach a wider audience outside of the country.

Media and Communications Minister Xavier Bettel announced the new subsidy in answer to a parliamentary question by LSAP MP Franz Fayot, without however giving any more precise details on when such a measure will be introduced.

Current state financial support is limited to development and production costs and covers only some aspects of promotion and marketing. The new cash boost meanwhile will be directly aimed at helping producers find an international seller for wider international distribution.

All films made in the Grand Duchy, whether fully produced by a Luxembourg production team or an international co-production, have a guaranteed national release, the minister explained, with producers usually taking care of this themselves.

For most other films, Luxembourg is part of the Belgian, Dutch and French distribution zones.

However, Bettel added that he hopes the next European Commission will make progress on the digital single market. One of the issues to discuss, according to the Luxembourg Premier, is a better coordination between cinema releases.

“Only a European solution will allow a better distribution and cross-border promotion of European works,” he concluded.

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SOURCE: http://www.wort.lu

(CS) The Luxembourg Film Fund is working on introducing a new financial aid for films made in the Grand Duchy, in order to help them reach a wider audience outside of the country.

Media and Communications Minister Xavier Bettel announced the new subsidy in answer to a parliamentary question by LSAP MP Franz Fayot, without however giving any more precise details on when such a measure will be introduced.

Current state financial support is limited to development and production costs and covers only some aspects of promotion and marketing. The new cash boost meanwhile will be directly aimed at helping producers find an international seller for wider international distribution.

All films made in the Grand Duchy, whether fully produced by a Luxembourg production team or an international co-production, have a guaranteed national release, the minister explained, with producers usually taking care of this themselves.

For most other films, Luxembourg is part of the Belgian, Dutch and French distribution zones.

However, Bettel added that he hopes the next European Commission will make progress on the digital single market. One of the issues to discuss, according to the Luxembourg Premier, is a better coordination between cinema releases.

“Only a European solution will allow a better distribution and cross-border promotion of European works,” he concluded.

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