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Dunkirk movie helps filming increase in France

DunkirkChristopher Nolan’s upcoming movie Dunkirk – telling the story of the infamous Allied evacuation of mid-1940 – contributed to a massive increase in production spending in France last year.

France’s tax rebate for international production (TRIP) increased to 30% at the start of 2016, and it was made more accessible by dropping the minimum spend from €1m to €250,000. 

The result was nearly 40 foreign shoots spending €152m over the course of the year, compared to just €57m in 2015, according to figures released by Film France.

The incentive increase is capped at €30m per production, making France a much more viable filming location for big-budget projects.

Dunkirk (pictured) filmed in the north of the country for five weeks, while scenes for the acclaimed feature Jackie and for the erotic thriller sequel Fifty Shades Darker were shot in Paris.

There had been concerns that terrorist attacks in Paris at the beginning and end of 2015 would impact the appeal of France and its capital to international producers, but authorities have denied this.

“Security has had no impact on production levels in France,” said Stephane Martinet, organiser of the Paris Images trade show and deputy director of the Ile-de-France Film Commission, in comments to The Hollywood Reporter.

“What has impact is the money, the credit, the international tax rebate. Things like that have had a major impact on production levels, but not security.”

Luc Besson also filmed his epic new sci-fi movie Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets in Paris in 2016, despite initially failing to secure incentive support as a French film as Besson opted to shoot the movie in English.

Image: Paramount/Warner Bros.

 



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