While the volume of film production in France remains relatively high with 300 films made in 2019,
investment in local films dropped by 15.2% to €1.12 billion ($1.26 billion), hit by the sharp decline in
financing from traditional distribution deals and TV channels.

Among the 300 films produced, 237 were French-majority films and 63 French-minority movies.
Although the volume of film production has kept growing over the last 10 years, budgets have been
shrinking by about 2.6% per year, and were down by 17.7% to approximately €4 million in 2018.
Only 33 films were budgeted at or above 7 million euros, compared with 49 films in 2018.
Meanwhile, there were 69 micro-budgeted films made in France last year, nearly 30% more than in
2018.

Local investment in French movies reached a 10-year record low of €890.52 million; and foreign
investment in French films was also down to €198 million (compared with €240 million in 2018). It’s
the second lowest foreign investment level within the last decade.

Despite this backdrop France is still an extremely popular shooting location and has recently been
bolstered by the presence of Netflix who have set up a new office in Paris, signalling a long-term
commitment to the country.

The streaming giant is working on a raft of new original series and films, including The Eddy, which is
being executive produced by La La Land director Damien Chazelle, and an artificial intelligence
comedy BigBug by Oscar-nominated director Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

Other recent big projects to shoot in France include US director Wes Anderson’s period drama The
French Dispatch, which shot entirely in the south-western city of Angouleme. The film, which has a
stellar ensemble cast featuring Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet, Benicio Del Toro, Léa Seydoux,
Willem Dafoe and Tilda Swinton, revolves around two journalists living in Paris immediately after the
Second World War.

The Texas-born filmmaker, who lives in the French capital, reportedly fell in love with Angouleme
while on a scouting trip. But beyond his appreciation for the red-roofed, white-brick city, a major
factor in Anderson’s decision to shoot there will have been the country’s 30% tax rebate for
international productions, known as the TRIP.

Other productions to shoot in 2019 included UK filmmaker Sean Ellis’s horror picture Eight For
Silver in Cognac, just down the road from Angouleme, and American director Azazel Jacob’s comedy-
drama French Exit, starring Michelle Pfeiffer, which filmed in Paris from October.

France is also enjoying the benefits of the TV drama boom. International series to shoot in the
country include the second series of Amazon’s show Hanna; German U-boat drama Das Boot; iQiyi’s
Chinese crime thriller The Thunder and south-of-France-set Riviera. This trend could be boosted
further following new CNC (National Centre for Cinema) measures to support the development and
production of French high-end shows, with a bonus for projects involving international investment.
France has been the backdrop for thousands of films, TV series and commercials over the years. The
variety of incredible locations to choose from is extensive, whether it’s the cobbled streets,
fountains and stylish cafes of the capital; old-world villages like Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val (where The
Hundred-Foot Journey was filmed), or the rolling fields of Provence, where A Good Year was shot.

The wealth of locations France offers any filmmaker is as breathtaking as its sublime and diverse
scenery. With epic mountains, vineyards, lush countryside, wild coastlines, white beaches, to
abundant lavender fields, (not forgetting all that tasty cheese, wine, and bread), France has a
cornucopia of backdrops that lends itself perfectly to any film format, benefitting from close
proximity to the UK, whilst also being right in the heart of mainland Europe.

France is also a fantastic place for all luxury and high-fashion brand shoots. Ralph Lauren, Vogue and
Adidas all shoot regularly across the country among many others. These types of brands come back
every year because France’s landscape is so varied and unique. Authentic Paris can only be found in
Paris, for example, but of course in France you can find all types of landscapes, from beautiful cities
and villages to stunning mountains and beaches.

France has a good supply of skilled crews and production staff as well as a number of studio facilities
due to the country’s large film and TV production scene. According to Audiens, which manages
pensions and social-security payments for employees of the cultural sector, there are 30,000 people
working in cinema in the Ile de France region alone, which includes Paris.

France’s top technicians are regularly hired for international shoots at home and abroad, and most
speak English.

Although production in France is on hold for the moment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the highly-
skilled crew network is at the ready to start pre-production research, and any other remote work at
the earliest chance.

There are a number of developments on the studio front, both in and around Paris and the south of
France. In the French capital, Les Studios de Paris, remains the French capital’s most central and
best-equipped facility. But it may soon have competition from the historic TSF Studios in Epinay-sur-
Seine, just outside the city, which has announced plans for a major refurbishment. TSF Studios also
created Le Backlot 217 on the site of an airbase outside Paris in 2018, welcoming Jean-Francois
Richet’s costume drama The Emperor Of Paris as its first production.

In the south of France, Provence Studios has increased its surface space and now offers existing
decors of a prison and a morgue. The studios are also set to work more closely with the historic
Studios de la Victorine in Nice, which is set to be updated although details have yet to be
announced. This collaboration will create one of the largest studio spaces in Europe.

France is the largest territory in Europe at 551,500 square kilometres. It has good air, road and rail
networks and getting around is straightforward. The 750-kilometre journey between Paris and
Marseille takes three hours via high-speed train. From Paris it is a one-and-a-half-hour train ride to
Brussels, eight hours to Milan and two-and-a-half hours to London. It is a 10-minute taxi ride from
Les Studios de Paris to the major hotel and shopping districts in central Paris, while Studios de Bry-
Sur-Marne is a 30-minute train ride from central Paris and lies 35 kilometres from Charles de Gaulle
airport.