Argentina raises film subsidies

Incaa ups maximum amount to 2.5 mil pesos

BUENOS AIRES — Argentina’s government has hiked film subsidies by up to 25% to reflect higher production costs as inflation surges at an annual rate of 10% for a third year.

Incaa, the state film board, upped the maximum amount of subsidies to between 525,000 pesos and 2.5 million pesos ($169,000 to $805,000), depending on the project, in the first rise since August 2004.

“It was needed,” said Diego Dubcovsky, a partner with Daniel Burman in Buenos Aires production house BD Cine.

Salaries of film technicians went up 20% last month, and the actors union is seeking a 100% increase, he said.

“Production costs have gone up 25% over the past two years,” said Dubcovsky, who is in post-production on “Encarnacion,” a $900,000 tale of an aging sex symbol directed by Anahi Berneri (“A Year Without Love”).

Incaa provides some $26 million in credits and subsidies to 60 or so features a year. With the average budget at $1 million-$1.5 million, producers must come up with the rest of the coin elsewhere, often tapping foreign co-producers — a process that can be costly, difficult and time-consuming.

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