Le Soir - Belgium | 23/10/2014

Cuts in culture budget deepen rifts in Belgium

The new Belgian centre-right government has announced drastic cuts in subsidies for culture and science. That amounts to an attack on cultural cooperation between Flemish and Walloons, the liberal daily Le Soir rails: "It's as if the government had decided that federal culture was superfluous and should be cut back to practically nothing. Numerous victims of these cuts detect the handiwork of the [Flemish nationalist] N-VA here: robbing culture of its substance effectively means scrapping the 'Belgian' projects that the two communities organise and carry out together. ... The need to economise will justify cuts in numerous areas, but it must be said that these measures will decimate the elements that bind the two communities. It's as if the cutbacks in culture follow the confederational line that is being covertly established." (23/10/2014)

Politiken - Denmark | 06/10/2014

New impulses for Danish film

As the digitisation of Danish cinemas continues apace, negotiations for a new agreement on film funding are due to kick off in Denmark on Friday. One of the points to be discussed is that US media companies like Google and Netflix should produce films for the Danish market. The social-liberal daily Politiken would like to see non-mainstream productions: "Ideal for film lovers would be an agreement in which the television industry also takes on responsibility for film development, so that films are reserved first of all for the cinemas. That would help prevent cinemas from having to close down. All sides will have to to accept compromises. That concerns the directors and producers as much as the cinemas and television industry. Everyone must help ensure that Danish cinema consists of more than just crime thrillers and popular comedies." (06/10/2014)

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