The local film agreement in Denmark might be able to help the Nordic Game funding program get reinstated.
In the coming weeks, the political parties of the Danish parliament will be negotiating a new film agreement. And with the Danish game funding program organized under the Danish Film Institute, the agreement will also set the stage for the governmental support for game production in Denmark for the next four years.
But Klaus Hansen, president of Producentforeningen, the Danish trade association for game developers, and chairman of The Nordic Game Institute, tells Nordic Game Bits, that the upcoming agreement could also be key in reinstating the Nordic game funding program, that was discontinued earlier this year.
“The existing film agreement states that the government should strive towards a continuation of the Nordic game support program, and we want that to be in the new agreement as well,” Klaus Hansen explains. This might not seem like a big deal, but it was actually instrumental in getting the previous Danish Minister of Culture, Per Stig Møller, to vote for a continuation of the program, even if computer games was not normally something he championed.
That phrase from the film agreement actually meant that the minister of culture at the time, Per Stig Møller, went to the Nordic Minsters Council and said that the Nordic game Development program should continue. He was ‘handcuffed’ by the phrasing in the film agreement.
Klaus Hansen explains that right now, there has actually been made a decision to discontinue the program in the Nordic Ministers Council, but that Producentforeningen and The Nordic Game Institute will do everything in their power to get the program reinstated. “We can see that both the game development program and the other areas of activity, especially the export missions where Nordic developers get to go abroad and show who the Nordic games industry are, actually have a big significance. ”
Additionally, with the recent election in Sweden, where power shifted to the Social Democrats, Klaus Hansen believes there is a good chance to get the current decision changed, as it was the Swedish conservative government that was the primary reason behind the program being discontinued, according to Hansen.
While it was active, the Nordic game funding program annually handed out approximately $1 million in support across Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland.
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