Following onstage protests at the Transylvania Film Festival on Saturday, Romania’s filmmakers are continuing their efforts to derail a proposed new film law that they say will set back the industry 20 years.The film bill, which was just passed by the Romanian Senate and is now being debated in parliament for a coming vote, makes fundamental changes to the regulatory and film financing system, according to director Tudor Giurgiu, who owns indie Librafilm and is prexy of the Transylvania fest. The film bill’s major points include:
- Redefining the Centrul National al Cinematografiei (CNC), Romania’s national film office responsible for allocating state funding to the industry, as a co-producer in all films in which it expedites financing.
- Removing film critics from the CNC selection committees for funding.
- Making state funding for a film contingent on the submission of a director’s final shooting script as opposed to the standard film script.
- Adding a criteria called the film’s “dimension” for determining funding, although industry leaders state this term is poorly defined and open to interpretation.
- Decreasing funding to fests and art house distribution by about 8%.