On January 1st 2018, the CNC (French national center for cinema and the moving image) reformed its film certification which allows producers to apply for financial assistance.
The reform of December 5th 2017 on the CNC certification breathed new life into the French financial support system for film industry, which had never been changed since 1999.
The CNC intends to update this French financing system cornerstone by adapting it to new conditions of creation. Thus, while the scale’s 100-point system is maintained, the certification now takes into account transformations that have affected the film industry during the last decade (such as: digital revolution, economic relocation, internationalization of productions, etc).
From now on, points credited in the scale are no longer limited to a restricted list of profession: the expenses made by the entire wage bill are now taken into account, including new digital professions (such as visual effects designer, post production coordinator, etc.), and thus helps to strengthen the relocation of productions.
The scale also increases the cultural dimension of the financing system by reinforcing credits allocated to French or European authors and scriptwriters, and creates an intermediate level which might grant 10 points for the utilization of the French language during a third to half of the duration of a fiction film. However, the utilization of the French language during more than 50% of the fiction film credits 20 points. Furthermore, while filming in France now awards 5 points (from 3 points previously), 5 points might still be assigned while filming abroad if the delocalization can be explained by appropriate artistic reasons.
Approved by the European Commission, this certification – which is complementary to the tax credit – entered into force on January 1st 2018 and has already been obtained by 283 French films.
Salomé Ricordel for ATURQUOISE