Film commission notes period of recovery

Employment in the French film and TV sector climbed 2% in 2010 to 20,387 permanent jobs, while the number of freelance jobs rose 4% to 122,074, according to Ile de France Film Commission figures unveiled Tuesday.

“The 2010 figures underscore the recovery of our film and TV industry after a year marked by the recession,” said commission prexy Olivier Rene Veillon.

He stressed the role of the tax rebate for international productions, effective since 2009, in revitalizing the sector’s economy and creating jobs by attracting shoots.

Last year, the rebate generated nearly €100 million ($142 million) in expenditure from films that lensed in Paris, including Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” and Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo’s Cabret.”

The post-production and vfx field is the fastest-growing sector, generating the largest investments and creating the most jobs in Ile de France, emphasized Veillon.

From 2001-09, the number of staffers and freelancers in post-production and animation climbed 57% and 25%, respectively.

This year will be another strong year for Gallic vfx and toon houses.

Rolling off “Despicable Me,” Gaul’s Mac Guff was tapped to work on Universal’s “The Lorax” and a sequel to “Despicable Me”; Buf was hired to create the visual effects on Disney’s “Thor” and Wong Kar Wai’s “The Grandmasters.”

Veillon said the Commission has joined with Film France, Ficam (Gaul’s national audiovisual and media federation) and the CNC national film board to press for the removal of the cap on the tax rebates, currently set at $1.42 million for local pics and $5.7 million for foreign shoots.

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