Feature documentary makers in desperate fight to protect funding

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Under new reforms, producers cannot get a tax rebate for production budgets under $1 million. Recent films in this category include Gurrumul, In My Blood it Runs, Firestarters, Brazen Hussies and Girls Can't Surf .

The industry is celebrating the government's decision not to cut the screen production rebate from 40% to 30%. But this euphoria conceals a very ugly fact: the independent feature documentary sector is badly screwed by new changes which the government is still determined to introduce. They threaten to shift the balance of the sector away from low budget adventurous project towards the established industry. Emerging screen creators will find their paths even harder, with low budget feature makers coming off worst of all.

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