To ensure that the hosting of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and film shoots can coexist as smoothly as possible, the City of Paris' “Mission Cinéma” has drawn up a timetable for 2024, distinguishing between the areas impacted by the competition venues and the celebration sites.
Four periods will be established:
Period 1: before 15 March and after 1 November
- OG areas: Standard* and exceptional** shoots are possible, with particular vigilance at some sensitive construction sites.
- Non-OG areas: Standard and exceptional shoots possible.
Period 2: from 16 March to 15 June 2024 (site assembly period)
- OG areas: Ban on exceptional shoots within the Olympic venue installation perimeters. Standard shoots may be envisaged after expert appraisal.
- Non-OG areas: Exceptional and standard shoots are possible, but particular attention must be taken at sensitive sites.
Period 3: from 16 June to 15 September 2024 (just before and during the competition)
- OG areas: No exceptional or standard shoots.
- Non-OG areas: No exceptional shoots. Standard shoots are possible, but in limited numbers.
Period 4: from 16 September to 30 October 2024 (dismantling period)
- OG areas: Ban on exceptional shoots within the Olympic venue dismantling perimeters. Standard shoots may be envisaged after expert appraisal.
- Non-OG areas: Standard and exceptional shoots are possible, with special care at sensitive sites.
* Standard shooting: shooting that is neither a period film nor an action film
** Exceptional shooting: period film or action film shooting
Inaccessible and restricted areas during the Olympic Games
Numerous alternatives for shoots during the Olympic period.
In the Paris Region, some municipalities hosting the Olympic venues in Seine-Saint-Denis (notably the Olympic Village in Saint-Denis and Saint-Ouen) will be less accessible to filming from July to mid-September. Municipalities in other departments in the region, such as Versailles, which are hosting some competitions at the Palace of Versailles, will continue to issue permits in line with the requested perimeter and dates.
To facilitate filming during the Olympic period, productions will be able to use many natural locations and take advantage of the studios available throughout the country.
In 2024 and following the various investment plans to support the growth and creation of physical and digital film studios, France will be able to offer more than 20 studios providing 50,000 m2 of studio space (including 12 studios with at least one 800 m2 stage), backlot solutions, including Parisian streets, and ready-to-shoot film sets such as Haussmann-style flat interiors to host film shoots across the territory.
Virtual sets available to recreate Parisian settings
Backlots and ready to shoot sets
The Film Paris Region database lists more than 2,200 locations,1,683 of which are outside the Olympic areas. What's more, whether you're looking at Haussmannian Paris, historic Paris, “postcard” Paris or business districts, many towns in the Paris Region (Vincennes, Saint-Mandé, Courbevoie, Marly-le-Roi, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, etc.) and in France (Rennes, Lyon, Reims, Marseille, Bordeaux, Montpellier, Strasbourg, etc.) can offer a Parisian atmosphere. The Film France locations database, which is regularly updated, lists these sets under #ParisLookaLike to inspire production teams and help them in their search.(https://locations.filmfrance.net/search/location/parislookalike?f)