BRATISLAVA: Thirty projects registered in 2018 for the 20% cash rebate at the Slovak Audiovisual Fund, compared to 12 in 2017 and four in 2016. The estimated budget for 2019 is 4.7 m EUR.
Slovakia’s 20% incentive scheme established in 2015 eased its requirements in August 2017. The minimum expenditure level was cut from 2 m EUR to 150,000 EUR for a single feature, documentary or animated film (minimum length of 70 minutes), and to 300,000 EUR for a project involving at least two such films or a television series (maximum 13 episodes of minimum 40 minutes in case of fiction and minimum of 50 minutes in case documentaries and animation).
Among the projects that registered for incentives in 2018, there are Slovak majority coproductions such as Muž so zajačími ušami directed by Martin Šulík and produced by Titanic production in coproduction with In Film Praha, Peter Bebjak’s project The Report / Správa and the three-part mini-series-turned-feature The Rift / Trhlina, produced by D.N.A. Production and TV JOJ, and also Flickering Ghosts of Love Gone By / Láska z celuloidu directed by French director André Bonzel and coproduced by Slovakia’s Artichoke, France’s Les artistes associaux, Les Films du Poisson, HBO Central Europe and the Slovak Film Institute.