France offers a Tax Rebate for International Production (TRIP) of non-French projects that are completely or partly made in France. Commercial productions are not eligible. This incentive targets feature film, TV dramas, series, and animation.
To be eligible, projects must pass a cultural test, which assesses European cultural elements in the story as well as French and European locations, characters, sources, landmarks, creators, crew, and French technical hubs. There's a minimum of 5 shooting days required for live-action. Animated productions and VFX-intensive projects have their own specific cultural test, acknowledging the specificities of the genre.
The amount allocated comprises 20% of the film expenditures (30% from beginning of 2016) incurred in France and caps at € 20 million per project (2016: € 30 million). The TRIP is given to the French company managing the production/animation/VFX in France on behalf of the foreign producer.
The minimum spend is either one million euros OR 50% of the total budget to be spent in France.
Please note that the TRIP exclusively targets non-French productions. Support for co-production, making a production French via a co-production treaty and the CNC, may be an alternative some producers wish to explore.
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Paris is the top destination for creatives who want to associate their brand with the romanticism of France. From cars to perfume to fashion it is Paris where commercial producers find iconic backdrops such as the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Montmattre, bridges over the Seine, and much more that add the French touch to film, photo and video shoots.
That much more extends across a country with a wide variety of locations. Less than an hour’s drive outside Paris you’ll find fields, villages, and forest. Lovers of wine can’t pass up on a visit to the vineyards of Bordeaux. Venture high in the Alps for snow then cruise a couple hundred kilometers down to the Mediterranean seaside where the legendary French Riviera is home to the fashionable towns of Cannes, Nice, St. Tropez, and Monaco.
The image of luxury can mislead people to think France is expensive. That’s not necessarily so when you can shoot at world famous landmarks like Montmarte or Notre Dame Cathedral for free! And there’s no fee to shoot on the streets of Paris.
French film celebrities defent a strong local film industry produces over 200 feature films every year with budgets of all sizes. The lack of union quotas invites producers to come and shoot with their own crew or hire local crew as needed.
Local availability extends to equipment like the Ultimate Arm, Russian Arm, Motion Control, and underwater studios while some of the world’s best post-production houses are also here for you – BUF Cie, Digital District, Mac Guff and Line to name a few.
We’ve provided production services for TVC shoots with clients from Asia, Europe and America. We’ve also shot on 5 continents for our own clients.
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