Kosslick stirs up Teutonic subsidy board

Accuses colleagues of failing to change

BERLIN — Dieter Kosslick, the future head of the Berlinale, has enraged film subsidy colleagues after issuing a wakeup call to what he referred to as a bunch of “conservative snorers afraid of changing.”

In an interview on German channel Sat 3, Kosslick accused his colleagues of failing to introduce change over the past 35 years and warned they were ill-equipped to respond to the advent of digital filmmaking.

“Everyone is afraid that they will lose all if they change. If we don’t change we will lose everything. I hope people wake up so we can start filming,” said Kosslick, who is currently head of Germany’s richest film board, Filmstiftung NRW.

“We can’t responded with an outdated subsidy principle to a world that is completely different, especially in digital filmmaking.”

Kosslick’s comments prompted outraged replies from several of the regional orgs as well as the head of the national film subsidy board, Rolf Bahr, who began his address to Kosslick with “Dear Dieter, Dear Snorer.”

More than DM300 million ($131 million) is available annually in Germany from public film subsidies, with barely a German film made without it.

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