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New German Rebate System for Film Production

In an upcoming talk in Los Angeles, the mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit, and the regional film funding body, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, will explain to an L.A. audience how American producers can profit from the new German Federal Film Fund (DFFF) which offers a 20% rebate on every Euro spent. They will also present the advantages of Berlin-Babelsberg as one of Europe's most attractive centers for filmmaking. The presentation will take place on Tuesday, March 13, 2007, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel.

Wowereit explains, "Film and media are growth sectors representing a major economic factor for Berlin. We're extremely happy that our city has become an increasingly attractive location for international film productions and we're delighted that stars like Matt Damon enjoy working here and keep coming back. Not only does Germany's capital city offer attractive film production locations but it also has explicit policies enabling major foreign productions to benefit from the best conditions."

Medienboard's managing director, Kirsten Niehuus, added, "Berlin has all the best ingredients for the production of films, including the necessary political and monetary backing,"

In addition, the managing director of Germany's famed Studio Babelsberg, Carl Woebcken, will provide an outline of the studio's facilities and co-production opportunities.

The presentation will take place on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the sister-city partnership between Berlin and Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.berlin.de/LA-Berlin.

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