Guilds have Spanish eyes

New pact to to fund joint projects

The Directors Guild of America and the East and West branches of the Writers Guild of America have pacted with the General Society of Authors & Editors of Spain, in a deal that will pump $350,000-plus into joint Spanish and American projects.

First up for 2000, the newly joined forces will provide $150,000 to fuel Spanish film fests held in the U.S. Funds will also be used to encourage cultural exchanges between U.S. and Spanish filmmakers. The budget for 2001 has been set at over $200,000.

The agreement’s funding comes from a portion of the tax money earned from sales of blank videotapes and video recording equipment in Spain.

“This is an important program that will help build bridges of communication and collaboration between American and Spanish filmmakers,” DGA national exec director Jay Roth said.

WGA West exec director John McLean added, “This agreement assures that U.S. writers have a voice in the development of cultural projects funded by the blank-tape levies.”

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