The movie industry has called for significant changes to the Film Development Fund, including increasing the amount the government contributes to a production's budget and easing qualifications to open up the subsidy programme to less experienced directors. Several industry groups are offering their suggestions as the government undertakes a year-long review of the development fund, which received a HK$300 million injection in July 2007 but has handed out just HK$30 million. In a document submitted to the Legislative Council's panel on information technology and broadcasting, which will meet tomorrow, the Hong Kong, Kowloon and New Territories Motion Picture Industry Association said the application procedure was complicated and it took too long to get funding approval. The association also urged the government to raise the cap on the amount it contributed to a film's budget, from the current 30 per cent to 50 per cent of the total cost. Only films with a total budget of no more than HK$12 million are eligible to apply, and filmmakers want the fund to cover not only the production cost but marketing and publicity expenses. 'When calculating the actual total cost of a film, a film company actually invests more than 70 per cent,' the association wrote. The Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild is also pressing for the HK$12 million ceiling to be raised to HK$15 million, pointing to inflation. That would open the fund to bigger-budget films, such as action movies, which have a strong appeal overseas. The guild is also seeking to ease the requirement for a director or producer to have made two films within the previous 10 years. 'The original requirement has restricted many potential new directors and producers' participation in film projects,' the Film Directors' Guild said. The Hong Kong Association of Motion Picture Post-Production Professionals said many local projects were taken to other countries such as Thailand for post-production. The association hoped that the Film Development Council could consider requiring funded projects to employ local post-production services. The Film Development Council said a working group consisting of government representatives and veteran producer Ng See-yuen and directors Mabel Cheung Yuen-ting and Gordon Chan Ka-seung had been formed to conduct the review of the funding mechanism. The working group would consult former applicants, film industry bodies and professionals on their views of the fund. Hong Kong's total box office receipts rose slightly to HK$261.2 million last year from HK$233.2 million in 2007, the association has said.