Saxony also set to subsidise digitisation of theatres
by Julio Talavera Milla
The Free State of Saxony will set up a scheme for funding the digitisation of movie theatres. This was announced in Dresden by Regional Culture Minister Sabine von Schorlemer, who said that “independent movie theatres enrich the region’s cultural scene with their extraordinary programming. With adequate support, we aim to maintain the diversity of the film scene, which can only remain competitive in the long term thanks to digital”.
The German Federal Film Board (FFA) will be responsible for managing the funding, for which applications will open on July 1 of this year. For the moment, an annual investment of €200,000 is planned for 2011 and 2012.
The funding will be compatible with the already existing federal funding, both from the FFA and the BKM (Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media), to which can now be added subsidies of up to €17,500 per screen per year or €21,000 in the case of theatres with special structural or cultural characteristics.
Applicants must be independent theatres based in Saxony, which are not connected to the major exhibition networks. This marks a further step in the digitisation of theatres in Germany, where nearly all the federal states have already introduced funding schemes for independent theatres, which are all very similar and compatible with federal funding.
(Translated from Spanish)
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