Indian film producers scout locations in scenic Occitanie
Ambassador Alexandre Ziegler welcomes new opportunity for France and India to enrich their collaboration in cinema.
New Delhi, 20 April 2018
Five major producers of the Indian film industry are currently on a five-day tour of the Occitanie region in southern France, from 17th to 22nd April, visiting must-see places of the region, which draws 30 million tourists annually. The initiative, organised by the French Embassy in India in collaboration with Film France and Languedoc Roussillon Cinema, aims to promote France’s diverse and picturesque regions, aside from Paris, as filming destinations for Indian movies.
France offers a wide range of breathtaking locations, from mountains – like the French Alps – and extinct volcanoes set in beautiful, rugged landscapes to idyllic coastal locations, such as the Riviera.
The five-day itinerary will take the producers to Occitanie’s eight UNESCO World Heritage sites, besides the region’s famous heritage areas and diverse natural settings: the fairy-tale medieval city of Carcassonne; the colossal Roman aqueduct of Pont du Gard, close to the Roman town of Nîmes; the scenic Canal du Midi waterway – a masterpiece of engineering; the stunning Cirque de Gavarnie, a spectacular, natural bowl-like rock formation in the Pyrenees mountains.
Starting with the glinting blue waters of Mediterranean to the Corbières wine region featuring wetlands dotted with flamingos as well as striking castle-topped mountains, they will end their tour in Toulouse and the quaint village of Saint Antonin-Noble-Val, following in the footsteps of the late Om Puri in “The Hundred-foot Journey”.
The producers will also meet professionals from the region and from Film France, the agency in charge of facilitating filming in France. The visiting Indian group includes: Mr Aashish Singh, Vice President - Production, Yash Raj Films; Mr Kassim Jagmagia, Creative Head - Excel Entertainment; Ms Kanchan Marathe, Director (Creative and Production) - Viacom 18 Media Pvt. Ltd.; Mr Nishanthan Niruthan, General Manager - Lyca Productions; Mr Kulmeet Makkar, CEO - Film and Television Producers Guild of India.
Welcoming this new opportunity, Ambassador of France to India, H.E. Mr Alexandre Ziegler, said, “France is an excellent choice for film production on all counts – it has a wide variety of dazzling locales plus filming incentives. The French Film Commission offers a special tax rebate (TRIP) to support international projects that are entirely or partly made in France, involving its ultra-modern technical hubs and highly skilled crew. We look forward to more promising openings for Indo-French collaboration.”
France is a film-friendly country with state-of-the-art facilities, including studios, digital labs and VFX houses that have worked on major productions around the world. It also offers a range of affordable filming locations as well as incentives in the form of tax rebates, in particular a 30-million tax rebate scheme for foreign productions.
The Tax Rebate for International Production (TRIP) is an incentive tailored to international film projects. New provisions of the international tax rebate scheme have increased the rate from 20% to 30% and, since, 1st January 2017, the amount of minimum expenses has been brought down to 2,50,000 euros. The rebate applies to both animated and live-action projects, including feature films, television, and web-series. France-based VFX and post-production expenditures are also eligible for tax reduction.
Occitanie is one of the most sought-after regions for filming in the country with advanced know-how, immensely talented professionals as well as ample technical, logistical equipment and infrastructure. It has quickly become a very attractive option for foreign productions.