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Coronavirus Update: Shooting in France resumed in May. Borders between France and other European countries are open and travel is permitted, while borders between non-European countries are gradually reopening. Productions must follow the Guide for filming.

France’s Tax Rebate for International Productions (TRIP) stands at 30% or 40% of film eligible expenditures incurred in France with a cap of EUR30 million per project. The incentive has helped secure a regular roster of large international shoots with high production spend coming to France. Additionally, there are regional funds to encourage productions to film in their territory.

The TRIP incentive has recently expanded. Projects with significant VFX work done in France may access a 10% bonus. The higher 40% rebate applies to all qualifying production expenditure, including physical production. Fiction projects which include a substantial amount of VFX and spend either EUR250,000 or 50% of their total budget in France may be eligible for the 10% bonus. France is renowned for its VFX and animation professionals, with recent credits including Ford v Ferrari, Treadstone and TV series American Gods.

Most recently Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch replaced Mission Impossible: Fallout as the biggest budget on record for an incoming production, spending EUR27 million in France. The feature shot in the Nouvelle-Acquitane Region. The historic cities of Angouleme and Gond-Pontouvre provided the backdrop for the story of the anthology drama that brings to life a collection of stories from an American magazine published in post-war France.

In addition to locations ranging from ports and mountains to quaint villages and glamourous cities that can be found in mainland France, seven overseas French departments provide an additional cast of tropical settings for producers to play with.

Film France supports productions filming throughout the country and helps connect international producers with the 32 local film commissions.

The location was beautiful and the weather was stunning. We were very fortunate for the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc to allow us to use the hotel as a location and even more fortunate to be able to roll out of bed and straight onto set – not something we’re used to!

Dom Freeman, Black Label Productions

Climate

Mainland France has five climatic zones: Maritime (between the Loire estuary & the Arcachon basin), Lesser Maritime (prevalent in the Paris, central & Toulouse regions), Continental (near the German & Swiss borders, particularly around Lyon), Mediterranean (south-east) & Mountain (Massif Central, Alps, Pyrenees).

The main overseas territories (Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guyana, La Réunion, Mayotte, New Caledonia & French Polynesia) have tropical or mid-tropical climates.

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