Colombian Senate

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Thus, on 28 July 1978, film promotion (Focine) company is created through Decree 1924 of the same year. Focine was awarded for the first time to the Ministry of communications, for a period of ten years supported 29 films and a series of short films and documentaries. Corruption in the administration led to the closing of Focine 1993. During this period, the production of Carlos Mayolo transcended and introduced new ways of making films in Colombia with the exploration of unconventional languages. Gustavo Nieto Roa helped to develop comedies with a great influence of Mexican cinema. During the last decade of the 20th century, the Colombian Government liquidated Focine forcing film makers to co – produce films with others countries, mainly from Europe and private capital investors. In spite of this some important productions developed as the strategy of the snail Sergio Cabrera, who won numerous international awards and sparked a national interest in movies made here.

Another film producer and successful director was Victor Gaviria, with a social theme I think films like Rodrigo D No future and La Vendedora De Rosas, also received good reviews national international among many other hits such as Bolivar soy yo, by Jorge Ali Triana. In 2003, the Colombian Government passed the law of cinema which helps to normalize the local film production. Numerous productions were sponsored by the Government generating a success in the local box-office as dreaming does not cost anything for Rodrigo Triana, with 1,200,000 viewers, an attendance without precedents in Colombia. Is also the film El Colombian Dream of Felipe Aljure, which achieved a never used narrative and technical innovations in the Colombian cinema. Law 814 of 2003, also known as the law of cinema was approved after a second debate in the Colombian Senate.

The Senate established the funding of Colombian cinema through taxes collected to distributors, exhibitors and film producers. The law was created to be aimed at supporting the producers of films, documentaries, short films and public projects. The funds collected are administered by the Proimagenes cinematographic production. During the second term of President alvaro Uribe Velez, the Government introduced a tax reform to reduce funding to the law of cinema, the President was criticized by El Tiempo newspaper, in the print edition of August 20, 2006, but the Minister of culture Elvira Cuervo de Jaramillo lobbied in the Ministry of finance to prevent that this law afectaa the financial resources earmarked for the Colombian cinema. The Minister of finance agreed to protect the benefits for the film industry. Original author and source of the article

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