Hamburg cuts its film subsidy

Budget trimmed by 20%

BERLIN — German state Hamburg has trimmed its film subsidy budget by 20%. A 50% reduction, proposed in June, had provoked protests from local filmmakers, pubcasters and Studio Hamburg.

State legislators see the trim as necessary to lower spending in the next two years.

The budget of the FilmFoerderung Hamburg subsidy board will be reduced from e8 million ($10.6 million) to $8.6 million for 2005 and 2006. At the same time, the legislation transfers the board from the state cultural office to the department of economics and labor.

Minus $2 million for operational costs, the Hamburg film subsidy board will have about $6.5 million for film grants for the next two years, according to FilmFoerderung Hamburg topper Eva Hubert.

The Hamburg film panel helped bankroll Fatih Akin’s edgy drama “Head-On,” which won top honors this year at the German Film Awards and the Berlinale.

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