The Czech government has sent out yet another signal that it is not interested in offering tax incentives to incoming productions.
Czech Culture Minister Pavel Dostal, long the target of criticism from foreign filmmakers, says he doubts Prague-based producers' claims that the film industry brings $250 million into the country each year, according to The New York Times.
Dostal added that the Culture Ministry is interested above all in using its meager resources to aid Czech film production rather than incoming shoots.
Numbers in the region of $200-250 million have long been touted as the estimate of film spending in the Czech Republic, but it has never been clear whether such figures include production of commercials, music videos and domestic films.
Martin Jahn, the head of the Czech government's investment promotion agency CzechInvest, also threw cold water on the idea of incentives. "I don't want to support business that would come anyway," the Times quoted him as saying.