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Thomas Stenderup, managing director of production and development at the Danish Film Institute, will not renew his contract, which expires Jan. 1.

Since his appointment in 1998, Stenderup has been the main target of the local film industry’s criticism leveled at the government body responsible for distributing state production funds.

Although there is more public financing available than ever, this year has not been very productive for Danish films.

“Money seems to flood for alterations of the Film House and for armies of consultants,” said Peter Aalbaek Jensen, managing director of Zentropa Entertainment, who has been one of the fiercest critics of Stenderup’s reign.

Stenderup told local media that he intends to become a director.

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