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What the cuts to the Icelandic Film Fund really mean

[among other things]

https://www.facebook.com/icelandweatherreport/posts/10153285754115284

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  • Stephen Cowdery October 5, 2013, 8:00 pm

    My state (Minnesota) had a governor who did the exact same thing with a line-item veto, posturing as a fiscal conservative. He single-handedly destroyed the film and video production business in the state, putting many people out of work (many of whom moved out of state) and cost the state millions of dollars in revenue. Film production has never recovered.

  • Katharine Kroeber October 6, 2013, 8:05 pm

    I cannot understand this decision (just like the case in Minnesota). All I can conclude is that certain people in power don’t have friends and family in Iceland’s film industry. Build up the film industry and stop building aluminum smelters that destroy the country instead of helping it.

  • Baldur October 13, 2013, 12:55 pm

    2 Guns was shite and left propaganda. Just saying.

  • Stephen Cowdery October 18, 2013, 4:10 am

    Iceland’s competition:

    http://variety.com/2013/film/international/ireland-ups-tax-incentive-to-32-from-2015-1200727802/

    @Baldur: 2 Guns grossed $111 million. Just saying.

  • Katharine Kroeber October 18, 2013, 12:03 pm

    Not quite sure how a gun-totin’ action flick can be considered “leftist propaganda”… or any sort of propaganda… That’s a bit like saying Back to the Future 2 is climate-change propaganda because Dr Brown fuels the DeLorean with garbage… But to me the real point is not any particular flick but the impact to the *industry* of film-making in Iceland, due to these proposed cuts. The industry appears, to this non-Icelander anyway, to actually employ a good many Icelanders, and to be less destructive or short-sighted than some other industries. So in both the short and long term, it looks like something of benefit, not something to be discouraged. I get that the current administration doesn’t want to see beyond the immediate moment, but I would have thought that even in that short-sighted view promoting the film industry would be a good thing. Hence my cynical speculation that they don’t have family in it.