German minister calls for film subsidy law
Exhibitors feuding with German Film BoardCOLOGNE, Germany -- The German culture minister has called on the local film industry to work together to quickly end an exhibitor/film board feud that is threatening the future of Germany's film subsidy system.
Speaking to an association of German producers Friday, Neumann called for a new film subsidy law that would replace the version a German court last month judged unconstitutional. The ruling came after a suit by exhibitors, who objected to a levy they are required to pay the German Film Board to help subsidize local productions.
Neumann said that the German film industry should work together to find an acceptable solution and not wait for the supreme court to rule on the matter, a process that could take a year or more.
German producers have warned if the matter isn't quickly resolved, funding for dozens of productions could be in danger.