Owing to its shared historical experience and long-term cultural and political ties, Central Europe in many respects represents a territory that has – despite some glaring differences – a great many things in common.
Film support in Central Europe not only carries the burden of socialist practices and centralized structure but is also weighed down by the dramatic changes that accompanied the political and economic transition in Poland, Hungary and former Czechoslovakia in the early 1990s. Due to these far-reaching shifts, culture was to some extent marginalized.
A broad liberalization of the film business was often motivated by aversion to state regulation and intervention associated with communism. Yet it gradually led to the collapse of local film production and distribution because the film industries were ill prepared for the assault of incomparably stronger US production and distribution companies.
Primarily focusing film funding support organized or guaranteed by the state, this study sets out to outline some of the basic flaws in the system. At the same time, it should point out new opportunities available to filmmakers and film organizations, as well as other professionals who might work with independent institutions to support documentary film in Central Europe.
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