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Ghent fest wins reprieve

Flemish gov't withdraws threat of budget cut

BRUSSELS — The Ghent Film Festival, host of the World Soundtrack Awards, has been saved from a 15% budget cut, which would have threatened its future.

The cash-strapped Flemish government had considered removing the event’s annual grant of €620,000 ($775,000) after a report questioning the fall fest’s artistic quality.

It will now get a slight increase in funds — to $875,000 a year from 2013 through to 2016 — after pols found extra coin for its squeezed culture budget.

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