Film France, a state-funding agency (supported by the CNC) in charge of promoting France, is the
first stop for foreign production companies and individuals preparing
to film in France.
A network of 41 local film commissions throughout the country offers free information on locations, crews, labour rates and facilities.
Film France provides assistance with contacting appropriate agencies regarding immigration/work permits and filming permits, as well as information regarding labour rates, studio facilities, post-production facilities and suppliers. Nowhere else in Europe will you find such a large diversity of locations combined with a highly skilled workforce.
Film France also provides information about coproduction opportunities in France and assists foreign producer who want to apply for the TRIP (Tax Rebate for International Production).
|Key reasons to shoot in France|
Tax Rebate for International Production (TRIP):
From Jan 1st, 2016, the new provisions for the international scheme include an increase in the rate from 20% to 30% and in the ceiling from €20 million ($21.7 million) to €30 million ($32.5 million) per project.
It applies to both animated and live-action projects, including TV and web-series and feature films. French-based VFX and post-production expenditures are eligible.
US companies such as Warner Bros. (Hugo), Universal (Despicable Me, The Minions),
Contact Film France: firstname.lastname@example.org.
|On top of the 30% rebate, the euro still stands at a record low level, makes France an extremely attractive destination for US.|
|3||An unbelievable and affordable range of filming locations|
France enjoys a breathtaking range of locations, from mountains to surf spots, from deserted old volcano landscapes to idyllic coastal locations such as the Riviera, on mainland France as well as the overseas territories. An amazing number of historical monuments can satisfy the needs of any period film, thriller, future apocalyptic drama or romantic comedy.
As for affordability, you can shoot at world famous landmarks, such near the Eiffel Tower in daylight or Notre Dame Cathedral for free! You will not be charged for shooting on the streets of Paris, as opposed to in some other capitals.
|4||State of the art facilities|
Top level facilities, including studios, digital labs and VFX houses that have worked on major productions such as The Dark Knight, Harry Potter, Avatar, The Minions, Thor, Inception, or more recently Pablo Larrain’s Jacky, filmed in one of the Paris Studios.
|5||Security and Transport|
France has a great domestic transportation network with motorways and high-speed trains, excellent international flight connections.
Since last November, priority has been given to security with wider powers granted to the various forces tasked with protecting the population, including workers and tourists. France remains one of the world top destinations for travelers.
|6||Dedication to filmmaking and quality of the crews|
Skilled talents and highly trained crews contribute every year to the production of
They work fast with a spirit of initiative, which seduces even the most demanding directors such as Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, Lasse Hallström, Steven Soderbergh, Doug Liman, Stephen Frears, among others.
Solutions are available to fit all budgets, at all price ranges, from big movies such as Besson’s blockbuster Lucy to small-crew low-budget filmmaking.
France offers a large number of specialized cinema and TV training programs.
The Femis is one of the most notable cinema schools. Attendees include budding filmmakers such as the Academy Award Nominee Deniz Gamze Ergüven for Mustang, competing this year for best foreign language film.
|8||Dedicated agencies to provide assistance to foreign productions|
The Film France network with its 41 local film commissions throughout the country offers free information on locations, crews, labor rates and facilities.
Film France is a state-funded agency supported by the French national center for cinema.