Magazine article Screen International

?French Cinema Guilds Protest Cut to CNC Film Subsidies in 2020

Magazine article Screen International

?French Cinema Guilds Protest Cut to CNC Film Subsidies in 2020

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CNC support for cinema cut by roughly $16m to balance the books.

A consortium of seven French film industry associations has issued a joint statement condemning a uniform 5.29% cut to film subsidies administered by the National Cinema Centre (CNC) in 2020.

The CNC’s board of directors made the decision in early December to cut nearly all its film subsidies to help balance its books for the coming year. The cuts are expected to result in a saving of some $16.6m ([Euro]15m).

Subsidies aimed at co-productions will not be cut, “for diplomatic reasons”, according to a source. Regional cinema funding has also remained intact. Other funding programmes aimed at the audiovisual and digital creative sectors have also not been touched.

“This is the first time this has ever happened in the history of the CNC,” said the guilds

The signatory bodies - comprising the producers guild Le SPI, independent distribution associations ACID and SDI, arthouse cinema bodies AFCAE, GNCR and SCARE and directors guild La SRF - mainly represent the most independent and arthouse end of the French cinema scene.

Their biggest source of disgruntlement is that the cut has been applied in a uniform manner across all film subsidies, whether they are automatic or selective.

They said the CNC had ignored their request to safeguard selective subsidies, which tend to support less commercially viable projects, over the automotive subsidies, which are connected to a film’s performance at the box office. …

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