8.1.2 Special artists funds
The President of the Republic grants pension supplements to certain artists who have been recommended by a body of experts from the Ministry of Culture. Otherwise, there are no special state support funds for artists in Albania.
Lack of information and experience has been a major obstacle for Albanian artists in their efforts to profit from international and / or European funding programmes, but lately there is a growing interest in this kind of funding. Film producers offer a good example to their colleagues from other genres. Unsatisfied with the Ministry's approach towards private initiatives in arts and culture, individuals and organisations working in other arts fields are increasingly trying to get sponsorships from EU programmes, like CARDS and Phare, or even USAID programmes.
There are no levies on book lending or sales, or audiovisual products or any other markets. Piracy remains a major issue in the Albanian cultural sector. In April 2006, the government approved a special Act on the Establishment of the "Albanian Office of Copyright", but the office has not been set up yet.
Film exhibitors must pay 5% of their box office revenues to the National Film Centre, which in turn, must invest them in film production; however, this means very little to the Albanian film industry.