FilmFoerderung Hamburg (FFHH) has suffered another blow withthe news that public broadcaster ZDF will terminate its cooperation agreementand annual contribution of Euro 1m at the end of this year.

The development is a direct result of Culture Senator Karinvon Welck's proposal to cut the city's contribution to FFHH by 50% to Euro 3.5mfrom 2005. (, June 17)"This step could no longer be without any consequences," ZDF said.

Similarly, the future of the Euro 1m from NDR could now bein jeopardy since this contribution will be up for renewal by the broadcasterfrom 2005.

FFHH explained, "both NDR and ZDF have always indicatedto FFHH that their present involvement only makes sense if a minimum fundingprovision is made available from the city of Hamburg."

If both broadcasters decide to withdraw their support, FFHHwould then only have Euro 3.5m for funding projects next year, compared to theEuro 9m budget for 2004.

Meanwhile, last week saw the fund distribute over Euro 2.5mto 14 film and television projects including Gernot Kraa's children's film Paula'sSecret, Til Schweiger's romantic drama Barefoot, the animation features Jasper - Der Film and Das Doppelte Lottchen and TV "event" two-parter Sturmflut.