Teuton pic subsidies up

Country saw Europe's biggest attendance hike at 20%

COLOGNE — Boosted by a strong increase in box office revenues, German Federal Film Board (FFA) subsidies for domestic film production rose to $31 million in 2001 — up 50% on the previous year.

Total subsidies, including funds for theaters and other sales channels, amounted to $49 million. FFA’s fund is separate from those of Germany’s state-owned foundations, and it is generated mostly from revenues.

Germany saw Europe’s largest increase in attendance last year, with sales rising 20% to $987 million. Of 178 million tickets sold, Teutonic films accounted for 18.6%, against 12.5% in the previous year. FFA does not expect German productions to do as well in 2002, however.

Meanwhile, the state film foundation of Bavaria, FFF Bayern, has awarded $7 million in funding to various productions.

The largest single grant, $1 million, will go to Florian Gallenberger, helmer of Oscar-winning short pic “Quiero ser,” for his first feature, “Shadow of Time,” which will be shot in English.

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