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The Minister of Culture Invites Film Producers to Make Movies in Estonia
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The Minister of Culture Tõnis Lukas visited Cannes in France, to meet with representatives of the movie industry, including Jérôme Paillard, Executive Director of the Cannes Film Market (Marché du Film). At the meeting in the Estonian pavilion, the minister introduced to foreign country filmmakers the local support opportunities, above all the Film Estonia production incentive.
The Film Estonia production incentive scheme was established in 2016. It has now grown to have two million Euros in funds, which aims to encourage foreign capital to come to Estonia and further the cooperation between Estonian and foreign film producers, for creating audiovisual works in Estonia. Analysis of the incentive scheme has shown to date that every invested Euro results minimally in a sixfold foreign investment.
„Estonia has very diverse shooting locations – you can find yourself in cities from the Middle Ages or in wild nature, as well as abandoned production buildings and modern industrial environments. Our filmmakers are highly acclaimed professionals, with whom it is possible to quickly work efficiently with“, gave the Minister of Culture Tõnis Lukas, as reasons why filmmakers should turn even more attention towards Estonia. „As a state we have acted with determination, to be a good cooperation partner for foreign filmmakers, and a fascinating destination“, added the minister.
Under the leadership of the Estonian Film Institute, tens of Estonian movie professionals are represented in Cannes, who act in accordance with the aim of showcasing Estonian movies and our movie industry throughout the world. At the festival contacts are made, possibilities for worldwide distribution of Estonian movies are sought and movies are selected for the Estonian audience. The regional film foundations of Viru and Tartu are also represented, which attract filmmakers with co-financing of movies shot in the given regions.
Today on the 20th of June, at the proposal of the Ministry of Culture, the government decided a one-time increase of the Film Estonia cash-rebate fund, amounting close to 5 million Euros. The decision to provide additional funding is related to the shooting, in Estonia, of Christopher Nolan’s movie „Tenet“. The shooting of the movie has a significant positive impact on the Estonian economy and movie-making.
Today, on the 20th of February the Riigikogu passed the new Heritage Conservation Act. The new legislation balances the rights and obligations of the state with those of the owners of cultural monuments, creating for the first time a compensation system for monument owners. From now on, the activities of the National Heritage Board will include both heritage conservation and museum fields. The legislation comes into force as of 1 May this year.