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Hungarian film support system confirmed by EU

Gyorgy Karpati 2008-07-17

On Wednesday, July 16, the European Committee accepted the Hungarian film law and film support modification without discussion, Culture and Education minister Istvan Hiller minister announced on Thursday morning at a press conference.

The Committee allows a state film support program with a total budget of €231 million expiring December 31, 2013. The program goal is to support growth of the film culture in Hungary, with a budget adjustable to inflation. Hiller pointed out that Hungary is the only country in Central Europe Hungary which has a film law.

Work on the law lasted a year, and the modification was accepted by the Hungarian Parliament in June.

In 2008 the budget will be divided to as follows: €13 million for tax discounts, €1 million for direct support of preproduction, €13million for film production, €1 million for the operation of "art" theatres, and €860.000 for film festivals and other expenses, for a total of almost €30 million (HUF6,914,000.000). Representatives said they hoped the modification would bring a return of film services which fell during the first half of the year.

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