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Public hearing on the amendments to the Cinematography Law

     The Ministry of Culture (MC), with the support of the Ministry for Public Consultation and Civic Dialogue (MCPDC), will set up on Tuesday, 2 August, from 11, at the headquarters of the Ministry of Culture, a public hearing on the proposals for the amendment of Government Ordinance (O.G.) 39/2005 on cinematography.
     The public hearing will be made either in writing, through a deposition that must be submitted until 29 July, 13.00 hours, at the e-mail address:, or orally, through a deposition to be delivered on Tuesday, 2 August. For further details on the depositions' submission, you can access the site of the Ministry of Culture.
     The proposals on the Cinematography Law amendment may be consulted here, being drawn up following the work sessions held between February-May, 2016. The work group is made up of Cristian MungiuTudor GiurgiuPaul Negoescu, Florin MihăilescuBogdan Mustață, Oana Radu, Alex TrăilăAndrei Rus and Anca Drăgoi.
     The amendments propose the increase of the cinematography fund, by supplementing the fund collection sources, by turning the refundable credit into non-refundable financial support (to be refunded if the film registers profit), by supporting the Romanian film distribution (movie theatres will host Romanian films in proportion of 10% of their total distribution, of which 50% in prime time; televisions broadcasting films will allot 5% of their air space to Romanian and European productions made during the latest 5 years).
     An important alteration proposed is the re-organising of the National Filmmaking Center (CNC) into the National Cinematography Agency (ANC). ANC will be subordinated to the Government, being co-ordinated methodologically by the Ministry of Culture, the institution being run by a Chairman with a 4-year mandate, renewable only once. The Chairman's management contract will be based on specific performance indices, targets, and contractual clauses regulating the rights and obligations of the parties. The ANC management board may function for a duration of 2 years.
     The Cinematography Exploitation Office might be also subordinated to the said Agency, the Office being a new public institution that could take over the management of a number of movie theatres from the Autonomous Authority for Film Distribution and Exploitation – România Film.
     Moreover, other aspects of the project completion are to be amended, such as the introduction of sections related to micro-budget films and minority co-productions, the cancellation of the security grading for the first competition stage, with a view to render the entire process more transparent. 
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