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Regional investment in film


French regions have realised the importance of the national film and audiovisual industries and the prosperity they bring, and so have decided to up their financial contributions. Three regions, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (aka PACA), Ile-de-France and Poitou-Charentes announced their forthcoming projects.
On 7 April, PACA announced that it was setting up a support fund with Euros1.5m in its coffers, available both to French film and audiovisual producers and their European counterparts for French-majorityAvance sur recettes system for feature film production but in addition, it also has scholarships for writing, research and development of projects.
The PACA region is France’s second biggest in terms of film sets (150 in 2002, 100 of which in or around Marseille) and this initiative will put an end to a curious paradox: in terms of financial support for the film and audiovisual industries, PACA was lagging way behind, coming 14th out of a total of 19 regions. This chronic lack of funds was reported early last October 2002 by film director Robert Guédiguian, who is also the president of Marseille’s film directors’ association (the curiously-named La Friche de la Belle de Mai) that includes the Marseille Film Studios which are currently under construction.

The Ile-de-France region assigned a total of Euros10m for 2003, and on 3 April 2003, set up a “Shooting and Images” commission whose goal is to facilitate productions who decide to film in the region. 90 per cent of French technical industry is situated in the Ile-de-France region, with an annual turnover of Euros1bn.
Poitou-Charente was where France’s first Sofica (film and audiovisual financing agency), Charentes Image, was set up. The agency is independent of banks and audiovisual corporations and was authorized to invest Euros7m in 2003 in feature, TV, and animated films made in this region.

(Translated from French)

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