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Hollywood Directors Oppose Cuts to Icelandic Film Fund

Directors Clint Eastwood, Darren Aronofsky and Terrence Malick along with producers of Game of Thrones and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty—all of whom have worked in Iceland—are among those to sign a petition opposing plans by the Icelandic government to cut support to the Icelandic Film Fund by 40 percent.

hafid_eftir_baltaFrom the set of Hafið. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.

The petition states that the directors and producers stand “with the entire film community in Iceland, in their efforts to maintain the current levels of government support for filmmaking” urging the Icelandic government “to reconsider their current plans to cut the budget of the Icelandic Film Fund,” according to hollywoodreporter.com.

The announcement of the cuts has received widespread criticism in Iceland with some highlighting the growth in the industry in recent years. According to the Icelandic Film Makers Association (IFMA), up to 200 jobs may be lost as a result of the cuts. IFMA has also pointed out the loss of cultural value in Iceland as the budget cuts mean that less material will be produced in Icelandic.

The budget bill is currently being discussed in parliament.

Related:

07.10.2013 | Baltasar Shocked over Icelandic Film Fund Cuts

02.10.2013 | Film Makers Protest New State Budget Bill

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