The Finnish film producers ended their strike after two months
The producers agree that the discussion caused by the strike has been effective.
The Finnish film producers have announced that they end their strike, which they started on September 3. The producers agree that the discussion caused by the strike has been effective and that public support for film production will probably increase in 2008. Even though no final promises have been made, the producers trust the Parliament to make the right decisions. They base their trust on the fact that both the Education and Culture Committee and the Audit Committee of the Parliament have expressed their opinion that the lottery funds should be used exclusively to support the actual cultural and sport activities of the beneficiaries, instead of to partly cover e.g. rental costs of cultural bodies, like the government had suggested.
The Finnish Film Foundation has a clear vision about the increase of the film support. It has handed out a paper to the Finance Committee´s Subcommittee for Education and Science, stating that film production and distribution should get an increase of 4 149 000 euros in 2008, and that the government should commit itself to a plan to increase the overall film support to 27 Million euros by 2011, as stated in the government programme.