The Commission has approved a €576 million Spanish film support scheme which is directed at Spain’s national film support measures including film production and distribution. It is thought that the scheme, which lasts until 31 December 2015, will improve the visibility and popularity of Spanish independent films without distorting competition.

Before approval, the Commission had received submissions raising concerns about the automatic, audience based support, including allegations that the aid was not available to films under €600,000. However, they had concluded that films under €600,000 can benefit from the selective support and the scheme is compatible with EU rules.

IP/10/57 – 27 January 2010