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French export revs get boost

Sales outfits earn $110 mil from foreign pix

French film export revenues rose 8.4% to e152.2 million ($195 million) in 2005, while Gallic international sales outfits earned another $110 million from foreign film sales, up 5.2%, according to figures published Tuesday.

Sums refer to money received by exporters — not new deals signed — during the year, according to the Centre National de la Cinematographie.

It is not unusual for Gallic pics to roll out internationally over the course of two or even three years.

Italy, Japan and Germany were the three biggest buyers of French films in 2005, repping among them more than 35% of the export market. Italy leapt to first place, with sales up 31% to more than $24.5 million.

Sales to fifth-placed U.S. and Canada were up 39% to $18.6 million. Figure does not include films picked up for U.S. and worldwide.

In the three years since the CNC started compiling export figures, the total for Gallic films has climbed 24%.

“What with excellent French box office figures this year, it’s another indication that French cinema is in good health,” said CNC topper Veronique Cayla. “We can expect those sales to have some bearing on French films’ overseas box office this year,” she added.

Figures came from a survey of 19 export companies, the CNC said. Eight smaller companies did not take part.

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