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Cash for Swiss films.

The Swiss film industry has been promised an increase in financing of CHF28 million over the next four years.

The Swiss Broadcasting Corporation and the Federal Office for Culture have pledged to raise subsidies to around CHF95 million ($69.2 million).

The announcement came during the final week of the Locarno film festival and is a welcome shot in the arm according to Francine Brucher of the Zurich-based Swiss Film Centre "Of course it's good news," she says. "It's always good news whenever you hear that more money is going to be made available. It'll mean more production companies will be able to get subsidies," she adds.

Swiss filmmakers also welcome the promise of extra support, but many are sceptical of the impact it can have on a cash-strapped industry. "To be honest, it's only a life jacket," says Swiss-Iraqi director-producer, Samir. "But at least everyone is also glad to have one, and in that sense it will give us a little bit of breathing space over the next couple of years."
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