Film in France
The French National Centre of Cinema (CNC) is responsible for the international promotion of France as a filming destination. Film France, the national film commission, now part of the CNC, is the one-stop shop for foreign productions and individuals preparing to film in France:
- Finding out everything a foreign production needs to know about basing their project in France.
- Facilitating location scout, shoots, animation, VFX and postproduction work in France.
- Connecting production with expertise: a strong local network of 32 local film commissions and the industry.
- Advice on production-related regulations and permits, including visas.
- Providing expertise on the Tax Rebate for International Productions (TRIP) and assessing projects’ eligibility.
- Working with government and industry to ensure France remains one the one of best place to produce film and television.
We are present at events such as the Cannes Film Festival, the Berlinale, Annecy Film Festival, as well as other festivals and markets throughout the world every year. We also have a representative office in Los Angeles and are supported by the French diplomatic network around the globe. Come & meet us!
Top 5 reasons to work with France
France offers, more than ever, strong and cost-effective opportunities as a production base.
1. TRIP / Tax Rebate for International Production
The TRIP supports non French projects that are completely or partly made in France.
France’s latest evolution of its Tax Rebate for International Production going up from 30% to 40% on ALL eligible expenses when you spend a minimum target of 2 million euros on VFX in France.
2. Access / An unbelievable and affordable range of filming locations
France enjoys a breath-taking range of locations, from natural landscapes to iconic monuments: everything you need to bring value and style to your production. Don’t forget that Film France/CNC and its network of more than 32 local film commissions can support you with that!
3. Talent / Highly trained crews
French crews contribute every year to the production of 300 French features, 5000 hours of French television shows as well as more than 1230 days of non- French projects shooting days.
4. Technology / VFX
From motion capture to green screen shooting, France combines creativity, knowhow and innovation to satisfy every producer’s need, through top level digital labs and VFX houses that have worked on major productions such as The Last Duel or The Serpent Queen.
5. Studios / Animation & sound stages
French crews and studios, including world-renowned animation studios based throughout the territory, can work fast with a spirit of initiative, which seduces even the most demanding directors and producers.
Tax Rebate for international productions - TRIP
- The tax rebate amounts to 30% of the eligible pre-tax expenditures
- It is capped at €30 million per project
- Eligible expenditures are taken into account at up to 80% of the total budget
Accessing French trip
The TRIP is available for companies that:
- are subject to corporate income tax in France.
- act as the production services company for the sequences filmed or made in France.
Companies can be specialized in servicing, or be a regular production company or an animation / visual effects studio, a subsidiary of the UK or US producer, a SPV, etc.
To qualify to the TRIP, a project must:
- be a fiction film (live action or animation, feature film, TV, web, VR, short film, TV special, single or several episodes of a series, or a whole season…).
- pass a cultural test.
- shoot at least 5 days in France for live action production (unless VFX/post-production).
Live-action VFX projects are eligible to the TRIP provided: 15% of the shots, or on average one and a half shots per minute, are digitally processed (on the whole film). AND more that 50% of the French spend is VFX/post-production expenditures.
Minimum spend requirement
A minimum of €250K (or at least 50% of the production budget, whichever is lowest) must be spent on French qualifying expenditures.
They chose France
Wes Anderson, Lily Collins, Ridley Scott, Jennifer Aniston, Christopher Nolan, Ana de Armas, Martin Scorsese, Jodie Comer, Tom Cruise, Natalie Portman, Clint Eastwood, Matt Damon, Jennifer Lawrence, Tom McCarthy, Anna Winger, Jim Capobianco, Lana & Lilly Wachowski, David Fincher…
Film France, the French Film Commission is now located at the CNC.
Film France - CNC
Direction du Numérique
291 boulevard Raspail - 75675 Paris Cedex 14 - France
Tel +33(0)1 44 34 34 33
Deputy head of Film France
Production Support & promotion manager
+33 1 44 34 35 68
Promotion & Production Support manager
+33 1 44 34 35 66
Tax Rebate manager
+33 1 44 34 37 71
The video game industry is considered as a strategic sector for France. It benefits from significant public support schemes dedicated to the development of video games.
The French video game industry works with the industry’s most daring creators, that combine creative and technical excellence.
As 1 of Europe’s Top 3 video game industries with 5,6 billion euros turnover in 2021, France boasts more than 700 games studios assembled in leading production hubs across the country. A unique combination of industry heavyweights and independent studios supported by national bodies and local organisations.
The Video Game Tax Credit is a strong tool for the production of video games in France. It is a tax incentive scheme providing a 30% tax rebate on the total eligible expenditure directly allocated to the creation of a game.
Top 3 reasons to work in France
France offers, more than ever, strong and cost-effective opportunities as a place for the creation and development of video games.
1. TALENT COMBINING TECHNICAL AND ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE
Thanks to a network of renowned schools, our highly trained talents are reliable with a unique combination of technical and artistic expertise
2. THE 30% TAX CREDIT FOR VIDEO GAMES
More than 161 studios have benefited from the 30% tax credit
3. A NETWORK AT YOUR SERVICE AND SELECTIVE FUNDS
The CNC as well as a variety of national institutions such as BPI or Business France, and local organisations, can support your production work or the installation of your studio in France. Local regions also operate selective funds supporting Video Games creation in addition to national funds.
Support provided by the CNC
- The CNC's door is permanently open for video game companies and professionals who want to set up in France
- The CNC relies on a network of associations, including French overseas territories, that offer free information about their territory, schools, talents and studios
- Provides assistance with financing your project in France: either through the tax credit or the support fund for video games
Please get in touch for any international projects and we will provide support and connect you to the right people.
Production support & promotion manager for video game
Diana de Sousa Pires
Tel : +33 1 44 34 35 60