The Official State Gazette (BOE) publishes this Wednesday the call for direct aid worth 13,252,000 euros to pay for the health measures that have been adopted by the movie theaters to stop COVID-19, as well as those designed to make visible the reopening of cinemas.
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The natural or legal persons who own cinematographic exhibition halls or cinematographic complexes – they must be registered in the Administrative Registry of Cinematographic Companies of the Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts prior to the publication of this call – have a period of fifteen days -to count from tomorrow- to request the aid.
The maximum amount of these will depend on the number of screens available in each movie theater. Thus, according to the text of the BOE, 8,000 euros will be the maximum amount for rooms with a single screen. This amount will be increased to 14,000 euros for movie complexes with 2 screens, up to 20,000 euros for those with 3, 4 or 5 screens; up to 26,000 euros for 6, 7 or 8 screens; and up to 32,000 euros for those with more than 8 screens.
On the other hand, the BOE also publishes aid, through competitive competition, for the production of short films made. The General Directorate of the Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts has a budget of 300,000 euros to distribute among independent production companies.
The maximum amount of the aid that is granted will be 70,000 euros per beneficiary film and is compatible with that granted to “short film on project”, without the sum of both being able to exceed the maximum limit of 70,000 euros per beneficiary film, in accordance with the text published in the BOE. The beneficiaries have a period of fifteen days to present their applications, starting tomorrow.