Filming in Pays de la Loire, France

The Pays de la Loire region of north-west France is perhaps best known for the Loire Valley, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage site for ten years. The countryside offers gently rolling hills and vineyards, as well as historical chateaux that enrich the area’s cultural heritage.

Beyond the valley filmmakers could find themselves drawn to urban centres such as the regional capital of Nantes, and Angers, where several majestic chateaux can be found, along with the twin spires of the Cathedral of Saint-Maurice. Mixing the old with the new, Le Mans – host of the 24 Hours of Le Mans sports car race – is just an hour from Paris on the TGV.

Filmmakers coming to the region can enlist the help of the Pays de la Loire Film Commission for production matters such as crew hires, location scouting and permitting. France itself offers a 20% Tax Rebate for International Production (TRIP).