30 Jun 2010

2010 Italian cinema year has been marked by 3D movies and important auteur films loved by the general public and directed by authors such as Gabriele Salvatores, Carlo Verdone, Ferzan Ozpetek, and Paolo Virzì.

A few weeks ago Elio Germano received the award as Best Actor for his role in La Nostra Vita at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival. Nonetheless 100 Autori cannot ignore the fact that for the first time, in 2009, Italian film companies got loss ratio: the closings have been more than the openings.

The number of movies produced has also dropped: 131 films were totally produced, 14.9% less than the previous year. This is caused by the constant reduction of the financial support of the FUS (Fondo Unico per lo Spettacolo).

In the past few weeks 100 Autori has denounced such a situation; in 2008 €11m were assigned for each four-month period by the FUS, in 2009 the sum dropped to €8m and nowadays, in 2010, the board supposed to allocate the funds finds itself with absolutely no funds to assign.

There have been many conjectures on the possibility to take €20m off the Government presidency fund for natural emergencies (Fondo della Presidenza del Consiglio per le emergenze naturali) to have at least €5m to allocate each four-month, but still nothing has changed.

100 Autori wrote a letter disapproving the whole situation, a letter which was read during the ceremony of the National film award “David di Donatello”.
Despite the statements made by the David’s winners on the bad state of FUS funds appearing in the national news, the appeals were ignored by the Government.

On 7 June, a manifestation against the cuts to Culture took place in Piazza Navona in Rome.  Directors, authors, artists from different backgrounds (theatre, music, cinema) participated in the demonstration, which was organised by all the trade unions and 100 Autori.

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