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12,2 million euros for production

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Representatives of the professional associations and the SSR idée suisse have just renewed The Audiovisual Pact, which responds to the legal obligation of the public television service to support audiovisual production. Agreed for the first time in 1996, this agreement has helped to improve collaboration to general satisfaction: "The regular production of telefilms has been a remarkable success, for the public and the critics. It was necessary therefore to make this new agreement concrete, a source of continuity for the independent sector", declared Armin Walpen, director general of the SSR. The response from professionals is no less positive: "The new Pact for 2006-2008 offers excellent conditions for reinforcing the place of Swiss cinema in all regions of the country", said Jris Bishof, secretary general of the Swiss Association for Screenwriters and Directors.

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With an annual total of 12,2 million euros, the audiovisual Pact has seen an increase of 14,8 % compared to 2003-2005. Consequently, the new financial effort places the SSR on an almost equal footing with the Confederation, which injected 12,6 million euros per annum, of which 2,1 millions is devolved to television production. If the decisions made by SSR is hardly felt with regard to fiction, its influence on documentary production is more sensitive.

The audiovisual Pact dedicates 4,9 million to film production, 5 million to TV production and, from now on, 200,000 francs to animation. Also, 2,1 million is set aside for the awards ‘Succès passage antenne’, attributed by audiences and destined to be reinvested in new projects.

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(Translated from French)

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