Cinefinances offers breakdowns of pic production coin
Thanks to its government-backed film-funding system, France’s movie industry now reads like an open book on Cinefinances.info, a website that breaks down the funding model of every French film, including Gallic co-productions.Launched by Serge Siritzky, managing editor of French trade mag Ecran Total, the website currently lists more than 150 projects. “Investments in France are regulated and contracts are filed to the national film and TV public registry,” says Siritzky. “So we’re buying the listings and we’re analyzing them. We complete the information we get from investors themselves.” One of the goals, explains Siritzky, is to help film professionals identify the key players of the French film biz and raise the financing for their projects. For a monthly fee of ?1,794 ($2,450), members can learn how much producers invested, to what extent French TV and cable channels pre-bought the film and check out the international sales revenues and minimum garantees, if any. The website also lists revenues for each investor, funding from regional sources as well as salaries of directors and producers.