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Cinema: Prague to boost European films

20 October 2009
Presseurop
Lidové noviny

Lidové Noviny, 20 October 2009

The Czech government is launching a subsidy program for "quality European films", that should help to revive a long cinematic tradition. Under this scheme, says Lidové Noviny, local and foreign producers of films made in the Czech Republic could get back up to 20% of their investment. "This isn't a grant for big, rich producers", states the Prague-based newspaper, quoting the country's culture minister. The daily goes on to explain that films, documentaries and television series will have to undergo a "cultural test" following which, a soon to be established commission, will ascertain whether the work in question has "a certain quality relating to European culture".