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BRUSSELS — The Flemish government plans to double the region's feature film production by 2010 through a mix of cash injections and tax shelters. Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Bert Anciaux on Thursday said that the Flanders Audiovisual Fund will receive an immediate €2.5 million ($3.4 million) cash boost in addition to its annual €12.5 million ($16.9 million) grant. He also promised to raise the aid even further next year. However, Anciaux said the main engine driving the plan will come from tax breaks that foreigners can access by teaming with local producers. Flanders produces six to eight features a year as a majority partner.
LONDON — Emerging Balkans filmmakers will get the chance to hone their skills with the help of top professionals this summer when the Sarajevo International Film Festival launches its first talent campus. The new event — which will run Aug. 20-25 during the 13th edition of the festival — is being organized in cooperation with the Berlin International Film Festival. Organizers expect some 70 successful applicants from southeastern Europe to participate in a series of lectures and workshops in directing, producing and acting.
TORONTO — The Canadian government on Thursday promoted Tom Perlmutter to government film commissioner and chairman of the National Film Board of Canada. Perlmutter, who joined Canada's public filmmaker in 2001 as director general of English programming after a career as a filmmaker and producer, replaces the outgoing Jacques Bensimon as head of the NFB. Perlmutter will take on his new position June 11.