Pols boost their film biz to $392 mil over 4 years
The Danish government is to boost the local film biz with an upgraded package of support as part of the Ministry of Culture’s revised film agreement, which was passed Wednesday.Changes bring the total public coin available for the industry in Denmark over the next four years to $392 million. The de facto veto that pubcasters TV 2 and DR held over the greenlighting of local features will end, with control of the coin from the TV and radio license fee — $18.7 million over four years — moved from the broadcasters to the Danish Film Institute. However, film institute CEO Henrik Bo Nielsen stressed that the pubcasters remain important partners for the local film biz. The funding rules for production have been modified to encourage a greater degree of risk-taking and innovation by filmmakers. The former system, which allocated funds according to a producer’s prior B.O. record, has been replaced with one directed by a panel of industry professionals. The film institute has also been given greater freedom to allocate funds to the different sectors of the biz according to the needs of the industry as a whole. “I am extremely satisfied that the minister and those on the working team of the new agreement have clearly signalled a break with ‘thinking inside the box,’ ” Nielsen said. “We are immensely pleased that, with this new flexibility, we can establish a focus on the fruits of the support allocations, instead of the process of allocating.” The deal will see production support divided into separate streams for arthouse movies and mainstream pics. It will also include coin to boost the digitization of smaller theaters, with exhibs able to claim $37,340 per cinema to help meet the cost of conversion, plus money to support the digital distribution of Danish films. Measures have also been introduced to widen the distribution of local docus. The ministry has also upped support for the local vidgames biz from $2.24 million to $3.73 million.