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France: profile

Key facts

Government funding

Direct funding: National Yes
Direct funding: Regional Yes
Indirect funding: National Yes
Indirect funding: Regional Yes


Language French
Population 66 million
No. films produced per year 270 (2013)
Annual cinema admissions 193.6 million (2013)
Domestic share of box office 33.8% (2013)
No. TV households 26 million
Local content regulation on TV Yes
Legal system Civil Law
Currency €EUR

Co-producing with France

As one of Europe’s most active co-producers, France has co-production agreements in place with more than 50 partner countries, and made a total of 116 co-productions in 2013. Over the past seven years, Belgium, Germany and Italy have been France’s most active partners.

As well as a long history of making international co-productions, France also has significant expertise in animation production. With a greater range of roles eligible for qualifying points, the French animation test offers more flexibility compared to the live-action test, which also requires a minimum of five days shooting and working in France. The Australia/France agreement stipulates different minimum and maximum contribution levels on the Australian (40–80 per cent) and French sides (20–60 per cent).

For qualifying co-productions, government assistance is available through the funding programs of the Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée (CNC). In addition, the CNC has also introduced the World Cinema Support (Aide aux cinémas du monde), a selective fund dedicated to international co-productions. It supports around 50 projects per year from a total annual budget of €6 million.

The French production industry as a whole is vast and well established. In 2013, 270 feature films were produced with a combined expenditure of €1.25 billion. TV regulations stipulate 60 per cent of broadcasting must consist of European audio-visual works, and 40 per cent of broadcast content must be original French language productions. Combined, these regulations saw 308 hours of French-produced TV content made in 2010.

France also offers access to an extensive potential market, with a population of 66 million people and 26 million TV households. In 2013, cinema admissions totalled 193.6 million with a 33.8 per cent market share for national films. While studio infrastructure is limited, the opportunity to shoot at landmarks and on streets without charge is a drawcard for collaborators.

Please note this information is correct as at October 2014.