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French producer calls on gov’t to help screenwriting

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Leading French film producer Charles Gassot has called on the French government to subsidize better screenwriting in France to the tune of nearly $6 million a year.

In a report commissioned by the Centre National de la Cinematographie (CNC), the body that overseas and distributes subsidies to the film industry, Gassot (“Life Is a Long Slow River”) suggests a series of subsidies to help sharpen French output.

They range from $7,000 grants for young screenwriters to sums as large as $71,000 for producers who have invested a quarter of the script development money themselves.

The objective is to incite investment in the crucial early stages of film-making — currently only 2% of the money invested in French film goes to development — and to make it easier for producers to ditch a project that’s not up to snuff.

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