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State investment in film and TV looks set to grow

MADRID — Xavier Marce has been named director of Catalonia’s Institut Catala de les Industries Culturals (ICIC), Spain’s second-largest film subsidy board. He replaced Jordi Penas as of Thursday.

Marce’s appointment follows general elections in Catalonia Nov. 16 that produced a three-way government led by the Catalan Socialist Party (PSC).

Catalonia’s state investment in film and TV doubles that of any other region in Spain. With a new left-leaning government and Marce at the ICIC, this backing looks set to grow and increase the board’s commercial heft.

The PSC’s electoral program promised to double state investment in culture from a current 1% of the Catalan government’s budget.

Under Marce, a seasoned head of public sector cultural initiatives in Barcelona, the ICIC’s current production and distribution subsidy budget of just north of E9 million ($10 million) is likely to grow.

Crucially, as companies such as Filmax plow into English-lingo production, such as Brad Anderson’s “The Machinist,” Marce is likely to support films made in Catalonia, not just in Catalan.

Other initiatives that could see the light of day are the launch of Catalan Film Screenings and the strengthening of international promotion board Catalan Films and TV.

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