German producers 'regret' over €10m cuts proposal

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German producers 'regret' over €10m cuts proposal
Germany’s film producers have expressed ¨exceptional regret¨ at learning that Angela Merkel’s cabinet has proposed reducing the annual budget for the Dfff ¨German spend¨ incentive by another €10m to €50m in the global federal budget for 2015.

In a first reaction, the German Producers Alliance said that it welcomed the statement by the new State Minister for Culture and Media Monika Grütters that she would push in future budget negotiations for the current level of €60m to be retained.

However, the German film community had already been disappointed by Bernd Neumann’s successor earlier this year when she seem to go back on pronouncements made at the Berlinale in February to keep the Dfff’s budget at €70m when she indicated at the German Film Awards in May that €60m would be her goal.

It remains to be seen whether she has the political clout to hold her own - and the interests of the German
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