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Spanish media spotlights potential industry fraud

Government sources leak potential production and exhibition fraud.

Corners of the Spanish production and exhibition sector are facing embarrassment following media reports of potential fraud.

According to national paper El Pais, a government investigation is underway after a handful of producers and exhibitors may have tampered with attendance figures in order to qualify for government subsidies.

In Spain, box office is one of the yardsticks the Spanish Ministry of Culture uses when it comes to channelling public money to film productions that apply for financial support.

In order to access money, the producer of a film shot in Spanish must prove that a film must reach 60,000 spectators or 30,000 if it was shot in another language.

According to media reports quoting government sources the pressure to reach these quotas might have pushed some producers to buy up tickets themselves in order to hit their quota and for exhibitors to have doctored admissions data.

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