Visit of a French delegation from the region “Hauts de France”

The Consul General of France in Pondichery and Chennai, Mrs. Catherine Suard was honoured to receive members of the Tamil Film Industry on Wednesday 28th November 2018 in Chennai to introduce them to Mr. Salvatore Castiglione, Vice President of the French region “Hauts de France” who is on an official visit to Chennai from 28th to 29th November 2018 and other delegates.

The main purpose of the visit is focused on business, investment, tourism, education but cinema is an integral part of this visit.

Tamil Film Producers should explore the possibilities of shooting in France for the following reasons :

5 reasons to shoot Tamil films in France :

Shooting in France is easy :
In order to ensure that Indian producers get the best offer, Embassy of France in India and Film France, the French Film Commission along with 40 local film commissions, could assist you in location scouting, accommodation, permits, visas etc. We can definitely find a good deal for bigger productions as well as small productions.

Dedication to filmmaking and quality crews:
Skilled talents and highly trained crews contribute every year to the production of 250 French features, as well as more than 4800 hours of television shows in France. Solutions are available to fit all budgets, at all price ranges, from big movies such as Besson’s blockbuster Lucy to small-crew low-budget filmmaking.

An unbelievable range of locations :
France enjoys a breath-taking range of locations, from mountains to beaches, from deserted old volcano landscapes to idyllic coastal locations such as the Riviera or the French Alps. As for affordability, you can shoot at world famous landmarks, such as near the Eiffel Tower in daylight or Notre Dame Cathedral for free! No charges will be levied on productions for shooting on the streets of Paris, as opposed to in some other capitals.

State of the art facilities:
Top level facilities, including studios, digital labs and VFX houses that have worked on major productions such as The Dark Knight, Harry Potter, Avatar, The Minions, Thor, Inception, or more recently Pablo Larrain’s Jacky, filmed in one of the Paris studios.

Tax Rebate for International Production (TRIP): a tailored incentive for shooting projects :
The new provisions for the international tax rebate scheme include an increase in the rate from 20% to 30% and minimum expenses have been reduced to 250.000 euros or approximately 2 crores of Indian Rupees. It applies to both animated and live-action projects, including TV and web-series and feature films. French-based VFX and post-production expenditures are eligible. NB: this rebate doesn’t prevent the production from getting the VAT back too.

In order to promote “France, as a destination for Indian Film shootings”, Embassy of France in India along with Film France (French Film Commission) is organising the 2nd Indo – French professional meetings of the image industries which would take place in Mumbai on 13th and 14th December 2018 at Sofitel Hotel, BKC Mumbai.

Film France along with other regional film commissions and regional tourism boards will be present to meet the Indian producers and film makers.

For more information, please get in touch with Mr. Reghu Devaraj,

About Hauts de France :
A welcoming and authentic land that combines nature, culture and traditions, the Hauts-de-France region offers its visitors a wide range of sightseeing opportunities and activities. When it comes to countryside, a variety of landscapes await you there, ranging from forests, hedged farmlands and plains of crops in Amiens, through the beaches and chalk cliffs of the coast. The hiking paths in the regional nature parks of Avesnois, Les Caps et Marais d’Opale, Scarpe-Escaut and Oise-Pays de France, the immense beaches of fine sand, the picturesque fishing villages and the elegant seaside resorts of the Opal Coast and the Picardy Coast will be a great delight. Listed as one of the Great Site of France and a member of the very select club of the world’s most beautiful bays, the famous Bay of Somme is a paradise !
When it comes to heritage, the cities of Art and History of Boulogne-sur-Mer, Cambrai, Laon, Lille and Roubaix, with many cultural and architectural treasures, majestic belfries that are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the small and charming town of Senlis, the wonderful castles of Chantilly, Compiègne and Pierrefonds, the famous Gothic cathedrals of Amiens and Beauvais, the superb medieval city of Coucy-le-Château-Auffrique, the beautiful fortified churches of Thiérache, and the picturesque little town of Bergues, made famous by the film “Welcome to the Sticks” (Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis), as well as the festive and friendly atmosphere of Dunkirk carnival and Lille street market, are just some of the attractions that make this region of northern France such an appealing destination.
The Hauts-de-France region will delight you with its distinctive character and rich cultural heritage!

Last modified on 25/01/2019

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