President Klaus vetoes cinematography bill

President Václav Klaus on Monday vetoed a bill on cinematography which would enhance public support for Czech filmmakers and increase incentives for foreign productions working in the Czech Republic. Under the draft legislation, the state fund for the support of cinematography would annually hand out up to 300 million crowns half of which would come from commercial TV broadcasters while foreign film productions shooting in the country would be reimbursed for 10 percent of their expenditures and 20 percent of additional costs. However, President Klaus said the film industry was a business that should not be funded with public money, and suggested the biggest problem of Czech cinema was not a lack of money but rather a lack of creative invention. The bill now returns to the lower house of Parliament which can override Mr Klaus’s veto.

Author: Jan Richter