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Articles, interviews, news, analysis on the French audiovisual sector.

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Country profile: France

Country profile: France

27 December 2020

Less Is More is looking for its next projects and changing perspective

LIM 2021

Less Is More is looking for its next projects and changing perspective

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  

14 September 2021

Elle Driver hits Toronto with Saloum leading its film slate

Toronto 2021 – TIFF Industry

Elle Driver hits Toronto with Saloum leading its film slate

The French international sales agent is notably pinning its hopes on Jean-Luc Herbulot’s fantastical thriller, which is world premiering in the Midnight Madness section  

09 September 2021

The CNC examines trends in scripted series around the world at the Series Mania Forum

Series Mania 2021 – Series Mania Forum

The CNC examines trends in scripted series around the world at the Series Mania Forum

The industry is placed under the microscope to reveal the volume of programmes recently commissioned, rankings of the most active countries and broadcasters, favoured genres and viewer preferences  

02 September 2021

The co-production of European works of fiction comes under discussion at Series Mania

Series Mania 2021 – Series Mania Forum

The co-production of European works of fiction comes under discussion at Series Mania

ZDF, X Filme Creative Pool, ITV Studios and the European Producers Club analyse the relatively low incidence of co-productions and potential ways of improving the situation  

01 September 2021

Europe in the streaming age forms the focus of a Series Mania debate

Series Mania 2021 - Series Mania Forum

Europe in the streaming age forms the focus of a Series Mania debate

Arte, Starz, Pluto TV and Fremantle discuss the European market, broadcasting quotas, differentiation strategies and the risk of cannibalisation  

01 September 2021

Red Rainbow is crowned the winner of the Series Mania Pitching Sessions

Series Mania 2021 – Series Mania Forum

Red Rainbow is crowned the winner of the Series Mania Pitching Sessions

The Russian, 8 x 50-minute project, steered by AR Content/Non-Stop Production, was singled out by the jury at the close of the Series Mania Forum pitching sessions  

31 August 2021

The Series Mania Institute is born

Series Mania 2021 - Series Mania Forum

The Series Mania Institute is born

The first school wholly devoted to series is now open and will notably offer a Eureka course for emerging European producers and authors  

31 August 2021

At Série Series, Steve Matthews details the methods and successes of HBO Europe

Série Series 2021

At Série Series, Steve Matthews details the methods and successes of HBO Europe

The VP executive producer in Drama Development emphasised the importance of local talent in creating original European series  

03 August 2021

The second season of StoryTANK is launched

Industry / Market - France

The second season of StoryTANK is launched

The European think tank will bring together screenwriters and researchers in a series of video interviews  

26 July 2021

Cannes places focus on financiers who support French production

Cannes 2021

Cannes places focus on financiers who support French production

CANNES 2021: The members of the CNC panel on "Access to Finance for Audiovisual Creators" take stock of the current situation  

22 July 2021

At Cannes, new innovations for green production in the spotlight

Cannes 2021 - Marché du Film

At Cannes, new innovations for green production in the spotlight

CANNES 2021: Green filmmaking is clearly on the rise but not all new technologies are as eco-friendly as they seems  

22 July 2021

At Cannes, festival directors discuss how the pandemic is set to change future editions of their events

Cannes 2021 - Marché du Film

At Cannes, festival directors discuss how the pandemic is set to change future editions of their events

CANNES 2021: The conference, held on the Israeli pavilion during this year’s Marché du Film, saw the participation of several international festival directors  

21 July 2021

The CNC intends to make France a world leader in film shoots and digital production

Cannes 2021

The CNC intends to make France a world leader in film shoots and digital production

CANNES 2021: The centre has unveiled the projects involved in its “modernising shake-up”, an initiative which aims to create state-of-the-art production infrastructure and to update existing resources  

21 July 2021

A Cannes conference organised by the European Audiovisual Observatory to discuss the production shift from theatrical to non-theatrical

Cannes 2021 - Marché du Film

A Cannes conference organised by the European Audiovisual Observatory to discuss the production shift from theatrical to non-theatrical

CANNES 2021: The online event, which took place during this year’s Marché du Film, explored the effects of COVID on production and consumption of audiovisual content  

20 July 2021

Industry professionals debate liberty and diversity of audiovisual creation in Cannes

Cannes 2021

Industry professionals debate liberty and diversity of audiovisual creation in Cannes

CANNES 2021: The CNC-organised debate "Liberty and Diversity in Creation: A Key Issue As Of the Writing Stage" allowed various actors within the audiovisual sector to make their voices heard  

19 July 2021

The role of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology under the spotlight at Cannes

Cannes 2021 – Marché du Film

The role of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology under the spotlight at Cannes

CANNES 2021: The Cannes NEXT panel, moderated by Sten-Kristian Saluveer, delved into the new opportunities for innovation offered by the EIT  

16 July 2021

European and Chinese professionals tighten their bonds in the post-pandemic era at Cannes

Bridging the Dragon 2021

European and Chinese professionals tighten their bonds in the post-pandemic era at Cannes

CANNES 2021: The Sino-European Film Panel organised by the Marché du Film and Bridging the Dragon was once again a success in terms of content and attendance  

15 July 2021

Three new ways to finance European productions explored at Cannes NEXT

Cannes 2021 – Marché du Film

Three new ways to finance European productions explored at Cannes NEXT

CANNES 2021: During one of this year’s Cannes NEXT panels, experts discussed the virtues of NFTs, venture capital and MEDIA Invest  

15 July 2021

Coprocity is launched at Cannes’ Producers Club

Cannes 2021 – Marché du Film

Coprocity is launched at Cannes’ Producers Club

CANNES 2021: The first platform to provide updates on projects presented at co-production markets is being introduced by the team behind the Les Arcs Film Festival and FestiCiné  

12 July 2021

The future of data-driven and data-influenced audiovisual storytelling discussed at Cannes

Cannes 2021 – Marché du Film

The future of data-driven and data-influenced audiovisual storytelling discussed at Cannes

CANNES 2021: The panel attempted to explore how data can affect and benefit the work of creatives and filmmakers  

12 July 2021

Could an agreement be on the cards on the subject of French media chronology?

Cannes 2021

Could an agreement be on the cards on the subject of French media chronology?

CANNES 2021: Seemingly close to concluding, final negotiations between industry professionals and streaming platforms based in France formed the focus of a CNC debate  

12 July 2021

Full Circle Lab Nouvelle-Aquitaine announces its selection

Cannes 2021 – Marché du Film

Full Circle Lab Nouvelle-Aquitaine announces its selection

CANNES 2021: A total of six projects will be featured in the inaugural edition of the programme, and will thus participate in the Development Lab and the First Cut Lab  

11 July 2021

Perception, inspiration and storytelling under the spotlight at Cannes

Cannes 2021 – Marché du Film

Perception, inspiration and storytelling under the spotlight at Cannes

CANNES 2021: The panel, organised by impACT and MEDICI, was held at the Marché’s Marina Stage, and saw the participation of Hungarian director Ildikó Enyedi and renowned neuroscientist Anil Seth  

10 July 2021

At Cannes, experts assess the export potential of French films

Cannes 2021

At Cannes, experts assess the export potential of French films

CANNES 2021: The round-table, organised by the CNC, saw the participation of five prestigious speakers repping festivals, exhibitors, distributors and sales agents  

10 July 2021

How to Have Sex wins the Next Step Award in Cannes

Cannes 2021 - Award

How to Have Sex wins the Next Step Award in Cannes

CANNES 2021: The project from British filmmaker Molly Manning Walker has won Critics’ Week’s Next Step Award  

10 July 2021

Fighting colonial patterns and valuing new talents in the age of streaming were the hot topics of impACT’s first panel

Cannes 2021 - Marché du Film

Fighting colonial patterns and valuing new talents in the age of streaming were the hot topics of impACT’s first panel

CANNES 2021: The talk took place at the Marché du Film’s Main Stage Lerins and saw the participation of three emerging women filmmakers along with veteran producer Ted Hope  

09 July 2021

France is a great place for international shoots, say producers

Cannes 2021

France is a great place for international shoots, say producers

CANNES 2021: The role of France as a leading player driving the global film industry’s recovery has taken centre stage at one of the round-tables organised by the CNC  

09 July 2021

Göteborg’s Nostradamus tries to see the future after the pandemic

Cannes 2021 - Marché du Film

Göteborg’s Nostradamus tries to see the future after the pandemic

CANNES 2021: During an energetic discussion held during the second day of the Marché du Film, the key question was how the film industry will return from a period of uncertainty  

08 July 2021

First announcements in Cannes for French sellers

Cannes 2021 - Marché du Film

First announcements in Cannes for French sellers

The Marché du Film starts strong for Studiocanal, Pathé International, Les Films du Losange, mk2 Films, Elle Driver and Charades  

07 July 2021

The Marché du Film and Bridging the Dragon organise a pioneering event at Cannes

Bridging the Dragon 2021

The Marché du Film and Bridging the Dragon organise a pioneering event at Cannes

On 12 and 13 July, the Marché and the Sino-European producers’ association will host a series of panel discussions focusing on China and the traditional matchmaking meetings  

07 July 2021

At Série Series, Ampere Analysis breaks down the impact of the pandemic on European series production

Série Series 2021

At Série Series, Ampere Analysis breaks down the impact of the pandemic on European series production

The British research company has presented data revealing that the COVID-19 crisis has strengthened the boom of streaming platforms and hindered traditional commissioners  

07 July 2021

Wild Bunch International stands tall with 11 movies and more in Cannes

Cannes 2021 – Marché du Film

Wild Bunch International stands tall with 11 movies and more in Cannes

Four Palme d’Or contenders coming courtesy of Julia Ducournau, Nabil Ayouch, Sean Penn and Justin Kurzel sparkle in the line-up, alongside works by Folman, Desplechin, Noé and many, many more  

06 July 2021

The Restless headlining for Luxbox in Cannes

Cannes 2021 - Marché du Film

The Restless headlining for Luxbox in Cannes

The company's lineup features the Palme d'Or contender from Joachim Lafosse and Clara Sola in Directors’ Fortnight, but also new films from Claire Simon, Seman Nacar and Yuri Ancarani  

05 July 2021

At Série Series, European series professionals discuss collaboration between Spain and France

Série Series 2021

At Série Series, European series professionals discuss collaboration between Spain and France

The power of collaboration to promote quality creation was the focus of this discussion between producers and a screenwriter working on series involving France and Spain  

05 July 2021

Serge Toubiana re-elected as president of the revamped UniFrance

Industry / Market - France

Serge Toubiana re-elected as president of the revamped UniFrance

The agency for the promotion of French film abroad has merged with TV France International and will also help French audiovisual productions to travel the world  

05 July 2021

Four of a kind in competition for Kinology in Cannes

Cannes 2021 – Marché du Film

Four of a kind in competition for Kinology in Cannes

The French sales agent is selling the films by Mia Hansen-Løve, Catherine Corsini, Leos Carax and Nadav Lapid, competing for the Palme d’Or, but also some powerful assets in post-production  

02 July 2021

The third edition of Fantastic 7 showcases some heart-stopping upcoming titles

Cannes 2021 – Marché du Film

The third edition of Fantastic 7 showcases some heart-stopping upcoming titles

The Sitges Film Festival is promoting this hybrid initiative that seeks out partners and co-producers for fantastical films, sponsored by seven festivals specialising in the genre  

01 July 2021

Les Arcs Film Festival in the spotlight in Cannes

Cannes 2021

Les Arcs Film Festival in the spotlight in Cannes

Five films that went through the Work in Progress and three through the Coproduction Village of the Savoy festival are featured in the Cannes selections, and the new call to projects is launched  

01 July 2021

A sparkling Cannes line-up for mk2 Films

Cannes 2021 – Marché du Film

A sparkling Cannes line-up for mk2 Films

With seven features included in various Cannes section, including the new film from Joachim Trier in competition, the French sales agent holds many assets  

30 June 2021

A trio of trump cards in Cannes for The Party Film Sales

Cannes 2021 – Marché du Film

A trio of trump cards in Cannes for The Party Film Sales

The French sales agent will pin its hopes at the Marché du Film on Jane by Charlotte by Charlotte Gainsbourg, The Sea Ahead by Ely Dagher and Returning to Reims (Fragments) by Jean-Gabriel Périot  

29 June 2021

The CNC analyses the film industry at Cannes

Cannes 2021

The CNC analyses the film industry at Cannes

During nine days, the French centre will organise several roundtables featuring important figures who will analyses the tendencies of the sector  

29 June 2021

A jam-packed Marché du Film awaits European arthouse distributors

Cannes 2021 - Marché du Film

A jam-packed Marché du Film awaits European arthouse distributors

While the festival readies its red carpet, five distributors share their takes on this year’s physical event and their editorial strategies following the reopening of cinemas  

29 June 2021

Pyramide International heads to Cannes with enthusiasm

Cannes 2021 – Marché du Film

Pyramide International heads to Cannes with enthusiasm

Tralala and The Heroics in Official Selection, A Tale of Love and Desire in Critics’ Week, and several attractive films in post-production are in the line-up of the French sales agent  

28 June 2021

A line-up full of love for Be For Films

Cannes 2021 - Marché du Film

A line-up full of love for Be For Films

The Brussels-based international sales agency is bringing Anaïs in Love and a beautiful Belgian line-up to the 74th Cannes Film Festival  

25 June 2021

The winning pitches of Sunny Side of the Doc 2021

Sunny Side of the Doc 2021

The winning pitches of Sunny Side of the Doc 2021

Organised online, the 32nd international documentary and narrative experiences market shed a light on current trends with its winning pitches and an event attended by 1,500 professionals  

25 June 2021

Totem Films to brandish three aces in Cannes

Cannes 2021 – Marché du Film

Totem Films to brandish three aces in Cannes

The French agent sells Compartment No 6, which is gracing the competition, Moneyboys in the Un Certain Regard section and Softie, set for a screening in Critics’ Week  

24 June 2021

Best Friend Forever boasts a juicy line-up at Cannes

Cannes 2021 - Marché du Film

Best Friend Forever boasts a juicy line-up at Cannes

The budding company headquartered in Brussels will present 3 films selected at Cannes, including Jean-Christophe Meurisse’s Bloody Oranges  

24 June 2021

Indie Sales sees six of its films selected for Cannes

Cannes 2021 – Marché du Film

Indie Sales sees six of its films selected for Cannes

France is set for the competition, while Playground, Bigger Than Us, Magnetic Beats, Robuste and Bruno Reidal, Confessions of a Murderer also shine bright on the Croisette  

23 June 2021

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