Expenses for Ukrainian films production are planned to be increased from UAH 51 to UAH 200 million in 2008, First Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister Vladyslav Korniyenko told a briefing.
The high official informed that "there is a support of such amendments to the Budget on the part of the President and the Government".
According to Vladyslav Korniyenko, this year the film production program under the auspices of the state includes films by such directors as K. Muratova, Y. and M. Illiyenko, K. Zanussi, M. Mashchenko, V. Hres and others. Production of full-length film-debuts by Ukrainian producers, winners and laureates of international competitions started. For the first time a program of animation films was launched, with "My Country - Ukraine" serial.
The draft agreement on cooperation between the Culture and Tourism Ministry and the Defense Ministry of Ukraine is being elaborated.
First Deputy Minister informed that expenses for development of cultural programs were increased 2.6- fold in 2008, in particular the matter concerns modernization of the cultural establishments' material base, enlargement of library funds, repair and restoration works.