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French, U.S. producers share tips

DEAUVILLE, France — Brunson Green (“The Help”), Georges Bermann (“Be Kind Rewind”), Antoine De Cazotte (“The Artist”), Anne-Dominique Toussaint (“Where Do We Go Now”) and Famke Janssen (“Bringing Up Bobby”) were among the French and American filmmakers who got together at Deauville Film Festival on Monday to share tips on a panel set up by the PGA and the French producers guild, APC.

Debate examined various opportunities for American producers looking to shoot in Europe or specifically France.

Although there is no co-production treaty between France and the U.S., American producers can access the 20% French tax rebate for international productions, which is capped at e4 million ($5.6 million), pointed out Olivier Rene Veillon, managing director of the Ile de France Film Commission.

Gaul also boasts co-production treaties with more than 40 countries, and foreign producers can access French subsidies and TV pre-sales coin if they’re able to make their project qualify as a European production, said Toussaint, who’s developing her first English-language film, “Motherhood Inc.”

Green said his production company Harbinger was developing two “prestigious,” English-language European co-productions based on true stories that occurred in Europe.

” If I had to pick my top reason (for wanting to work with European partners), it’s because there’s such a vast pool of talented writers, directors and actors whose work can easily translate to the U.S. market,” Green said.

One of Harbinger’s two European projects is an adaptation of a British novel, which was brought to him by one of the cast on “The Help.”

“There is another production company that acquired the rights, and Harbinger decided to partner up with them,” said Green, adding that he and the other producers are casting and raising the financing for the project.

Janssen, who will soon be in Paris for the filming of “Taken 2,” said her follow-up to “Bringing Up Bobby,” which was a U.S.-U.K.-Netherlands co-production, will also be set up as European co-production.

Panel also discussed options for French producers looking to lense a film in the U.S. and still benefit from the French financing system.

“You can do it!” said de Cazotte, who exec produced “The Artist” in L.A.

Although the film was entirely shot in Hollywood and has little to do with France, its producer, Thomas Langmann, was able to raise the financing out of France because its two lead actors, Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo, have French nationality, said De Cazotte, who reps France on the PGA’s international committee. The film also had its post work done in France.

“As far as the language, it wasn’t an issue since it’s a silent movie,” De Cazotte quipped.

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