Russia's Culture Ministry Makes Funding Children's Films a Priority

Moscow - H - 2015
Associated Press

Earlier, the agency mentioned "patriotic" films and adaptations of classics as other priority areas.

Russia's culture ministry will increase funding for children's films, making it a priority alongside "patriotic" movies.

"Government support for production of movies for children and youths is the culture ministry's priority task," Vyacheslav Telnov, head of the agency's cinema department, was quoted as saying in a statement published on the culture ministry's website.

The ministry said that in 2015, children's film projects will collect more state cash than any other types of films. Producers of children's movies could collect up to $964,000 (60 million rubles) per project in nonrepayable state subsidies, but the share of state cash is not to exceed two-thirds of a film's total production budget.

The announcement came as another sign that the culture ministry, which, together with the cinema fund, administers a total of $96 million (6 billion rubles) a year in state cash for the film sector, is gradually changing its funding priorities.

Last December, the ministry said its funding priorities would be historical and "patriotic" films that "serve the goal of cultural, moral and spiritual renaissance of society," as well as adaptation of classics, an apparent departure from previous policies, which also included funding of experimental and auteur cinema.

Overall, despite the steady flow of state cash, this year is expected to be difficult for Russia's film industry, as the country's economy sinks deep into recession.