Film institute appeals to industry to settle its differences

STOCKHOLM — The Swedish film fund crisis has widened with the board of the Swedish Film Institute publishing an open letter with an appeal to “Save the future of Swedish cinema.”

Renewed every four years – with the current term ending in 2004 – the public funding agreement is the focus of a stalemate between local distribs and US majors over the structure of the deal.

The open letter reads, in part: “Unless the negotiations for a prolonging the film agreement between state and industry are concluded immediately, with an outcome matching present standards, government and parliament must take measures to prevent Swedish film production and film culture being severely damaged.”

It is signed by the culture minister, trade associations (producers, distributors, exhibitors), pubcaster SVT and commercial broadcaster TV4.

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