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228 features produced in 2007

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The situation is looking up for French film production according to data released by the National Centre for Cinematography (CNC). A total of 228 features were approved in 2007 (203 in 2006), including 186 French Initiative Films (FIF), compared to 164 the previous year. This increase affected medium-budget films (€4-7m) in particular, as their number rose from 19 in 2006 to 30 in 2007.

For the first time, the €1bn mark for investment in FIFs was reached (€1,009.140m compared to €865.04m for the previous year) while the 42 foreign initiative films approved in 2007 received €191.4m (€283.43m in 2006 for 39 features).

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In her New Year’s speech before industry professionals yesterday evening, Véronique Cayla, director general of the CNC, placed particular emphasis on the transition to digital technology; on the 4% increase in the support account offset by the transfer to the CNC of certain financing obligations previously undertaken by the Culture Ministry; and on the necessity of recovering market shares for French films in the summer.

She also announced that the advances on receipts board (which granted €24m in 2008) would broaden the committee’s scope for debut features, to include projects for second features.

(Translated from French)

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