Additional funds in Slovania and
Croatia's new tax incentives were the main topics discussed at the third Regional
Forum which took place during the 17th Sarajevo IFF.
The new director of the Slovenian
Film Center Jožko Rutar
said a major change in Slovenia's public funding rules is that the "financial
support is no longer considered as investment but as pure subsidy." He
explained, "The producers are not obliged to reimburse 5% from the support any
more." Rutar also added that in 2012 the Slovenian national film institution
will administrate an additional amount dedicated to audiovisual projects. "There
were discussions if we should keep one or two doors open for film and
audiovisual supports, but finally the government decided to gather all public
support under the same roof."
Commenting the freshly voted tax incentive law in
Croatia Sanja Ravlic from the Croatian Audiovisual Centre (www.havc.hr) described it as the result
of efficient film community lobbying since 2008 and its active participation in
the preparation of the National Strategic Program. She underlined that the law
puts under equal consideration foreign and national film productions and that
the Croatian government has reserved the amount of €3 million for an initial
two year program.
According to the Cinelink Head of Project Amra Bakšić Čamo the priorities in the area of public support for film in
Bosnia and Herzegovina should be more carefully chosen. "Our market is rather
reduced and we should know what type of films we want to make. Anyway, I prefer
we were more realistic," she said.
The forum's ACE interview was with the new Chairwoman
of the Turkish Movie Producers Association Seynep Ozbatur, awarded with the
Prix Eurimages from the European Film Academy in 2010. Having produced the last
three films of Nuri Bilge Ceilan she showed the audience her firm devotion to the
promotion of film production in her country by actively training young