The ICAA publishes for public hearing the modification of the Royal Decree that develops the Law of Cinema

This modification arises in response to the necessary adaptations that have been emerging in the application of the standard, taking into account both the dynamic nature of the sector to which it is addressed, as well as the legislative modifications produced since its approval took place.

The ICAA has opened an email inbox so that those interested can make their contributions to the Royal Decree until February 19.

Modifications for the promotion of cinematographic activity and for the improvement of technical aspects

The modifications that you introduce can be included in two differentiated blocks. On the one hand, those that affect the promotion of cinematographic and audiovisual activity and, on the other, those of a procedural nature and improvement of technical aspects.

The former consist of the flexibility of the approval regime for international co-productions. They also provide a new definition of what should be understood as "difficult work" for the purpose of calculating the maximum intensity of the aid that such works can receive.

In international co-productions, the admission of non-EU or non-community personnel to co-producing countries is facilitated, which is already considered as an exception to the general rule, but now with special attention to animation works, and the approval of co-productions is made more flexible financial, so it can be requested once filming started or finished, and not necessarily before. These measures are due to international market practices and allow Spain to co-produce projects of international potential and prestige on equal terms with respect to other countries.

In the definition of "difficult audiovisual work" the maximum limit for the categories included in the Community regulations is increased. This attempts to alleviate the difficulties encountered by projects directed exclusively by women to enter the market and consolidate their presence in it, audiovisual works with a special cultural and artistic value that need exceptional public funding support are added and there is response to the greater support required by projects directed by filmmakers with disabilities.

In this way, the following percentages of the recognized cost are set: Short films go from 75% to 85% of said cost; the works of the new and new filmmakers (with a current limit of 70%), the works in co-official languages ​​(with a current limit of 60%) and the new assumption of the works directed by people with disabilities become all of them 80% Finally, the new cases of works directed exclusively by women and of works of special cultural value may reach aid of up to 75% of the recognized cost.

Regarding the modifications of a more technical nature, it should be noted that; the process by which the relationship between the Administration and the interested parties becomes solely by electronic means is completed; the sanctioning regime is modified; the criteria for qualifying by age groups are established by Resolution of the General Directorate of the ICAA, instead of by Ministerial Order; and the regulation of the support and advisory bodies is improved, with the revision of certain aspects of both the Qualification Commission and the advisory bodies for the granting of aid. These modifications translate into an increase in the legal security of citizens.

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