Belgium directors befuddled by tax

Org ARRF demands explanation

BRUSSELS — Belgium’s confused helmers have asked the government to explain how the new tax breaks for producers will be applied.

“No one has worked out what the tax shelter will contribute financially to our national productions,” said Frédéric Sojcher, president of the Assn. des Réalisateurs et Réalisatrices de Films (ARRF) and helmer of 2001’s “Regarde-moi” (Look At Me).

“The measure shouldn’t just benefit foreign producers who come to Belgium to take advantage of the system,” he added. Audiovisual affairs minister Richard Miller, speaking at a press conference held by the ARRF, said he fully supported the org.

ARRF, created mid-2002, has a membership of 60 helmers, including local luminaries like Chantal Akerman (“The Captive”, “A Couch In New York”) and Jean-Jacques Andrien (“Australia”). It also sits on a government committee mulling film production and distribution with the French-lingo authorities.

At the end of last year the org ticked off French-lingo pubcaster the RTBF for not putting enough cash into the local film industry.

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