Teutons set pic tax plan

Government to reimburse 16-20% of German spend

MUNICH — Germany’s state secretary for culture and the media, Bernd Neumann, has unveiled details of the government’s new tax scheme for the film biz.

For the next three years, $75 million will be made available annually for the production of feature films, docus and animated features. The government will reimburse 16%-20% of the German spend, which has to amount to at least 25% of the overall budget.

Only projects with a budget of at least $1.2 million are eligible. Similar to Blighty’s new tax scheme, pics will have to pass a “cultural test” to prove they are German.

The scheme’s main aim is to attract productions to Germany and encourage international co-productions that are of substantial benefit to the Teuton film biz.

“Following intense discussions with the film industry, this model is an excellent result, which will make German producers as well as the film production service industry more competitive internationally. It will give Germany as a film location a huge boost,” Neumann said.

The German national subsidy board, the FFA, will be in charge of the scheme.

Should the scheme be ratified by the European Union, it will kick off Jan. 1.

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