Magazine article Screen International

Copenhagen to Offer $6.3M Film Fund

Magazine article Screen International

Copenhagen to Offer $6.3M Film Fund

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The Danish capital of Copenhagen is to establish a regional film fund in a bid to attract foreign productions and place the city on the international movie map.

With support from neighbouring municipalities, the new fund will be assigned a budget of $6.3 million (DKK 35 million) for the next three years.

Klaus Hansen, managing director of the Danish Producers Association, said there had been plans to establish a regional fund since 2003. "Better late than never," he said.

"Copenhagen has made the decision we needed. Many cities that we usually compare with have benefited from regional film funds for several years."

Hansen revealed his ambition for a bigger budget but added: "$6.3 million is a good beginning - it should both keep Danish productions at home and draw some foreign projects to the country, increasing the revenue in a striving industry, and creating more jobs at production companies."

Producers have previously overlooked Copenhagen in favour of Danish locations where they can secure local finance, as was the case with Danish director Susanne Bier's Oscar-winning Hævnen (In a Better World). …

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