Filming in Filming on location in Corsica

The French island of Corsica is situated in the Mediterranean Sea, 170km off the French mainland, and is home to around 300,000 people.

Bastia in the north of the island offers urban, classical and baroque architecture, while Porto-Vecchio on the south-east coast is a medium-sized port city. Ajaccio, on the west coast, is the island’s largest city.

The red-tiled Calvi is situated on the north-west coast, with an impressive 13th Century citadel that remains the city’s main attraction. Inside the walls visitors can find tightly-packed houses and cobbled streets, as well as Cathédrale Saint Jean-Baptiste.

Access to Corsica is easy by air and sea, and the Corsica Film Office can provide assistance to productions filming on the island. The film office has a comprehensive database covering the local crew base (there are about a 100 crew on the island, most of whom speak English) and can also provide support for location scouting and for arranging local permits.

As a French territory, filmmakers have access to France’s Tax Rebate for International Production (TRIP), and support is also available from the Territorial Collectivity of Corsica (CTC).

Corsica has a filmmaking history dating back to the mid-1950s and in the last couple of years has also hosted scenes for the long-running Canal+ TV crime drama Mafiosa, a series that charts the story of a Corsican woman who becomes head of her powerful crime family.

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