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Country profile: France

Country profile: France

18 July 2022

REPORT: Cartoon Forum 2022

Cartoon 2022 - Cartoon Forum

REPORT: Cartoon Forum 2022

We present details of six intriguing projects pitched at this year’s Cartoon Forum, which ran in Toulouse from 19-22 September  

26 September 2022

The Visitor from the Future: a model for the future?

Industry / Market - France

The Visitor from the Future: a model for the future?

The surprise success of François Descraques’s science-fiction film in French cinemas should make the industry think, according to distributor Vladimir Kokh (KMBO)  

23 September 2022

Less Is More is on the lookout for its next projects

LIM 2023

Less Is More is on the lookout for its next projects

Up-and-coming filmmakers are welcome to apply to become one of the 16 writers and directors selected to develop and produce their next feature  

23 September 2022

The 2022 edition of Cartoon Forum ends on a high note, with record attendance figures and Tribute Awards

Cartoon 2022 – Cartoon Forum/Awards

The 2022 edition of Cartoon Forum ends on a high note, with record attendance figures and Tribute Awards

Two Spanish outfits, GoldBee and Peekaboo Animation, were respectively crowned Investor and Producer of the Year, whilst Germany’s KiKA snagged Broadcaster of the Year  

23 September 2022

At the Venice Production Bridge, French experts discuss XR distribution strategies

Venice 2022 – Venice Production Bridge

At the Venice Production Bridge, French experts discuss XR distribution strategies

VENICE 2022: During the talk, it emerged that marketing strategies are playing a much bigger role than in the past, affecting the whole creative process  

14 September 2022

The Rendez-Vous d’Unifrance in Biarritz in the starting blocks

Industry / Market - France

The Rendez-Vous d’Unifrance in Biarritz in the starting blocks

The Basque city will welcome buyers from 47 countries from 4 to 8 September for the biggest market in the world dedicated to French audiovisual programmes  

30 August 2022

The second Full Circle Lab Nouvelle-Aquitaine announces its selection

Industry / Market - France

The second Full Circle Lab Nouvelle-Aquitaine announces its selection

A total of six projects are to be featured in the upcoming edition of the programme, and will thus participate in the Development Lab and the First Cut Lab  

24 August 2022

12 projects set for the FIDLab showcase

FIDMarseille 2022 – FIDLab

12 projects set for the FIDLab showcase

Romanian director Cristi Puiu’s new film in post-production stands tall among the 12 works selected by the co-production platform, which is unspooling 7 and 8 July at FIDMarseille  

04 July 2022

The winning pitches at Sunny Side of the Doc 2022

Sunny Side of the Doc 2022

The winning pitches at Sunny Side of the Doc 2022

Back in its physical dimension in La Rochelle, the international documentary and narrative experience market brought together 2000 participants from 67 countries  

24 June 2022

Studiocanal acquires Dutch FilmWorks

Industry / Market - France/Belgium/Netherlands/Luxembourg

Studiocanal acquires Dutch FilmWorks

The French giant has bought a majority stake in the Dutch production and distribution outfit operating in the Benelux region  

23 June 2022

Studiocanal seals a film output deal with Scanbox Entertainment

Industry / Market - France/Finland/Denmark/Norway/Sweden/Iceland

Studiocanal seals a film output deal with Scanbox Entertainment

The agreement will see Studiocanal’s slate of movies released in the Nordic countries, including the likes of Cédric Klapisch’s Rise and Eric Lartigau’s This One Summer  

23 June 2022

Série Series 2022: Can fiction make the world a better place?

Série Series 2022

Série Series 2022: Can fiction make the world a better place?

The 11th edition of the event, at once a reflective space for the industry and a rendez-vous for screenings and works in progress, will unfold from 30 June to 2 July in Fontainebleau  

22 June 2022

Unifrance discusses the challenges of the joint promotion of cinema and audiovisual in Paris

Industry / Market - France

Unifrance discusses the challenges of the joint promotion of cinema and audiovisual in Paris

New international strategies, including soft power, support for talent, producers and exporters in all media and digital communication, were analysed in detail  

17 June 2022

Wonderful names set to grace Annecy’s Work in Progress programme

Annecy 2022 – Mifa

Wonderful names set to grace Annecy’s Work in Progress programme

The line-up includes animated films by Nora Twomey, Michel Hazanavicus, Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal, Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli, Sébastien Laudenbach and Jim Capobianco  

10 June 2022

The second Full Circle Lab Nouvelle-Aquitaine awaits new projects

Industry / Market - France

The second Full Circle Lab Nouvelle-Aquitaine awaits new projects

A total of six projects will be featured in the upcoming edition of the programme, and will thus participate in the Development Lab and the First Cut Lab  

08 June 2022

Le Groupe Ouest’s series writing lab draws nearer

Industry / Market - France

Le Groupe Ouest’s series writing lab draws nearer

The call for applications for the Series Pre-Writing and Developing a Concept for a Series workshops, initiated in partnership with Arte France, is set to close soon  

07 June 2022

Twenty-five projects selected for the Alentours Forum

Alentours Forum 2022

Twenty-five projects selected for the Alentours Forum

The Rhinish Co-Production Meeting will unspool from 28-30 June in Strasbourg and will showcase French- and German-language projects, encompassing both fiction and documentaries  

03 June 2022

French and Korean film professionals share centre stage in a debate organised by the CNC and KOFIC

Cannes 2022

French and Korean film professionals share centre stage in a debate organised by the CNC and KOFIC

CANNES 2022: Discussions centred around current industry issues, shared challenges and opportunities for co-operation between the two ecosystems  

01 June 2022

At Cannes, experts discuss the circulation of European titles

Cannes 2022 - Marché du Film

At Cannes, experts discuss the circulation of European titles

CANNES 2022: The two-hour conference, organised by the European Audiovisual Observatory, explored in depth the figures, the challenges and the best practices behind the circulation of European films  

31 May 2022

How can France entice its audiences back to the movie theatres?

Cannes 2022

How can France entice its audiences back to the movie theatres?

CANNES 2022: The fall in attendance levels in France is no foregone conclusion, as the digitalisation of marketing and making ticket sales paper-free are just some of the directions suggested  

31 May 2022

Why are French people going to the cinema less often?

Cannes 2022

Why are French people going to the cinema less often?

CANNES 2022: The CNC has unveiled the results of an interesting qualitative analysis of the reasons why certain French viewers are not returning to the dark rooms  

31 May 2022

France and Kosovo sign a co-production agreement at Cannes

France/Kosovo

France and Kosovo sign a co-production agreement at Cannes

The document was signed by Kosovo’s Minister of Culture Hajrulla Çeku and CNC’s President Dominique Boutonnat  

30 May 2022

impACT explores the different ways to make audiences care

Cannes 2022 - Marché du Film

impACT explores the different ways to make audiences care

CANNES 2022: Trying to figure out what audience development really means and how to engage new people in a project was explored during a very lively panel  

30 May 2022

The challenges of producing for streamers in France explored at Cannes

Cannes 2022 - Marché du Film

The challenges of producing for streamers in France explored at Cannes

CANNES 2022: A case-study analysis with Netflix France and Prime Video France was organised during the Cannes Marché du Film  

30 May 2022

At Cannes, panellists discuss the relationship between festivals and sales outfits

Cannes 2022 - Marché du Film

At Cannes, panellists discuss the relationship between festivals and sales outfits

CANNES 2022: A few weeks ahead of its publication, two fest directors and two sales agents talk through the work-in-progress document they are preparing to improve the quality of their partnerships  

27 May 2022

The CNC is to throw its weight behind studios and training

Cannes 2022

The CNC is to throw its weight behind studios and training

CANNES 2022: The "France 2030" call for projects is intended to foster the creation and modernisation of film studios and the development of training across the entire country  

25 May 2022

Lumière Publishing acquires Benelux rights for Lukas Dhont’s Close

Cannes 2022 – Competition

Lumière Publishing acquires Benelux rights for Lukas Dhont’s Close

CANNES 2022: The film is world-premiering in competition, and Lumière is piloting a new accounting solution with innovative tech company FilmChain  

25 May 2022

What future awaits film financing? The panellists at Cannes Next have their say

Cannes 2022 - Marché du Film

What future awaits film financing? The panellists at Cannes Next have their say

CANNES 2022: Following the announcement of MediaInvest, the event covered new financing models such as the blockchain-based Decentralized Pictures and XYZ Films’ “transatlantic model”  

24 May 2022

The wins of real-time technologies take centre stage at Cannes Next

Cannes 2022 - Marché du Film

The wins of real-time technologies take centre stage at Cannes Next

CANNES 2022: Real-time tech through Unreal Engine has the potential to improve a team’s creative work and communication while saving time and money  

24 May 2022

A Night of Knowing Nothing and In the Billowing Night are the victors of the 2022 Doc Alliance Awards

Cannes 2022 – Marché du Film/Awards

A Night of Knowing Nothing and In the Billowing Night are the victors of the 2022 Doc Alliance Awards

CANNES 2022: The prizes were handed out during the Doc Day, part of the Marché du Film  

24 May 2022

Netflix attends a round table on French film negotiations

Cannes 2022

Netflix attends a round table on French film negotiations

CANNES 2022: The debate organised by the CNC highlighted the desire of industry professionals to continue negotiations so as to adapt to the growing change in the filmmaking business  

23 May 2022

At the Marché du Film, panellists discuss the Green Charter and their work on making film festivals more sustainable

Cannes 2022 – Marché du Film

At the Marché du Film, panellists discuss the Green Charter and their work on making film festivals more sustainable

CANNES 2022: Reducing waste, preserving nature and going paper-free are only some of the strategies being put in place to protect the environment  

21 May 2022

At Cannes Next, experts assess the potential of Europe as a global leader in virtual production

Cannes 2022 – Marché du Film

At Cannes Next, experts assess the potential of Europe as a global leader in virtual production

CANNES 2022: The benefits of virtual production and other new, state-of-the art tech will make filmmakers’ lives easier, but they are also set to change a significant part of the production workflow  

20 May 2022

Arthouse cinema in search of an audience

Cannes 2022

Arthouse cinema in search of an audience

CANNES 2022: The challenge of bringing audiences back after an unprecedented pandemic, which concerns the entire independent industry chain, was the focus of the debate organised by the CNC  

20 May 2022

First announcements in Cannes for French sales agents

Cannes 2022 - Marché du Film

First announcements in Cannes for French sales agents

CANNES 2022: The Marché du Film gets off to a flying start for Wild Bunch, mk2 Films and Kinology  

18 May 2022

French sales agents are hitting Cannes in force

Cannes 2022 – Marché du Film

French sales agents are hitting Cannes in force

A full battalion of French sales agents including Coproduction Office (who are wielding Ruben Östlund in competition), Kinology, Gaumont, Pathé and Orange Studio, are taking over the festival  

17 May 2022

The NFI World Sales bets on The Game in Cannes

Cannes 2022 - Marché du Film

The NFI World Sales bets on The Game in Cannes

In the Marché du Film, the Hungarian sales agent will negotiate for Péter Fazakas’s feature film, a sequel to the successful spy film The Exam  

17 May 2022

Wild Bunch to continue its reign in Cannes

Cannes 2022 – Marché du Film

Wild Bunch to continue its reign in Cannes

14 of the sales agent’s titles will feature in the different Cannes sections, including five in competition courtesy of Claire Denis, Cristian Mungiu, Arnaud Desplechin, Ali Abbasi and the Dardennes  

16 May 2022

12 European film funds join forces for Ukrainian Films Now

Cannes 2022 – Marché du Film

12 European film funds join forces for Ukrainian Films Now

The fundraising and networking event will unspool at Cannes and aims to back Ukrainian films currently in post-production  

16 May 2022

Four aces in the Cannes line-up of Les Films du Losange

Cannes 2022 - Marché du Film

Four aces in the Cannes line-up of Les Films du Losange

As well as One Fine Morning by Mia Hansen-Løve, the French sales agent also bets on Lola Quivoron, Lionel Baier and the duo of Verena Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor  

13 May 2022

Best Friend Forever to hit ACID with full force

Cannes 2022 – Marché du Film

Best Friend Forever to hit ACID with full force

The Brussels-based firm are selling Lucas Delangle’s first feature The Strange Case of Jacky Caillou and Damien Manivel new movie Magdala  

13 May 2022

Mother and Son spearheads mk2 Films in Cannes

Cannes 2022 - Marché du Film

Mother and Son spearheads mk2 Films in Cannes

The French seller bets on Léonor Serraille in competition, Serge Bozon at Cannes Première, Marie Kreutzer and Davy Chou at Un Certain Regard, Emmanuelle Nicot and Clément Cogitore in Critics’ Week  

12 May 2022

Memento International bets on Boy From Heaven in Cannes

Cannes 2022 – Marché du Film

Memento International bets on Boy From Heaven in Cannes

In the line-up, the film by Tarik Saleh in competition for the Palme d’or, but also Dominik Moll in Cannes Premiere, Kristoffer Borgli in Un Certain Regard and Charlotte Le Bon in Directors’ Fortnight  

12 May 2022

Two Spanish projects participate in the fourth Fantastic 7

Cannes 2022 - Marché du Film

Two Spanish projects participate in the fourth Fantastic 7

La Mala Madre, by Alicia Albares, and Venus, by Jaume Balagueró, join the programme that, along with five other films, bring the future of horror films to the Croisette  

11 May 2022

Elle Driver to brandish three aces in Cannes

Cannes 2022 – Marché du Film

Elle Driver to brandish three aces in Cannes

Armed with Leila's Brothers in competition, Everybody Loves Jeanne in Critics’ Week and El agua in the Directors’ Fortnight, the Marché du Film bodes well for the French sales agent  

11 May 2022

Charades to sell two contenders for Cannes’ Palme d’Or

Cannes 2022 – Marché du Film

Charades to sell two contenders for Cannes’ Palme d’Or

Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi’s Forever Young and Kirill Serebrennikov’s Tchaikovsky’s Wife dominate a highly appealing line-up which also includes Aftersun  

11 May 2022

Pyramide International to boast a presence to the power of 6 in Cannes

Cannes 2022 – Marché du Film

Pyramide International to boast a presence to the power of 6 in Cannes

Stand-out works in the agent’s line-up are Dodo, Metronom, The Worst Ones and My Imaginary Country in the Official Selection, Harkis in the Directors’ Fortnight, and La Jauría in Critics’ Week  

10 May 2022

Luxbox takes three films directed by women to Cannes

Cannes 2022 - Marché du Film

Luxbox takes three films directed by women to Cannes

In the line-up, Mediterranean Fever by Maha Haj shines in Un Certain Regard while Under the Fig Trees by Erige Sehiri and 1976 by Manuela Martelli are on display in Directors’ Fortnight  

09 May 2022

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