Funder board defends Kuratorium

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Federal film-funding authority the FFA has criticized plans to abolish Kuratorium Junger Deutscher Film, a state-funded body that hands out $1 million a year to young filmmakers.

“The Kuratorium covers niches that could not be considered by the larger public funding organizations and for years has achieved noticeable results with little funds,” FFA’s board said in a statement.

It noted that the damage to German film would transcend the cost cuts for the states.

Over 40 years, the Kuratorium has backed the early works of helmers including Wim Wenders and Tom Tykwer, among others.

Separately, FFA announced an extraordinary $9 million payment to theaters to strengthen the exhibs in a year of declining ticket sales.

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