Never mind the near-total lockout of French films in competition. In Berlinale biz terms, French companies will make many of the biggest announcements -- this year as last.
Gallic mini-major Bac Films has taken French rights to crime comedy "Borderline," the next production from Gaul's Quad Films.
Ile de France Film Commission, France biggest regional film fund, has invested Euros 2.21 million ($3.08 million) in six projects, including Claude Miller's "While They Dance."
Fidelite Films' Marc Missonnier and Olivier Delbosc will produce "Asterix Chez les Bretons" (Asterix in Britain), the fourth installment in Gaul's blockbusting live-action movie franchise.
Clint Eastwood's "Hereafter," Christopher Nolan's "Inception" and the Chris Meledandri-produced "The Lorax" are among five studio-set movies that will receive Gallic tax rebates for international…
Helmer-scribe Arnaud Bedouet's TV drama "Clandestin" was the big winner at Gaul's 23rd Festival of Audiovisual Programs.
An eclectic lineup of 16 Gallic pics will screen at film promotion org Unifrance's Rendez Vous with French Cinema in New York, which will run March 11-21.
French Televisions is to pump up its investment in French docu production, the Gallic pubcaster announced at FIPA, France's biggest TV fest.
Terrestrial TV advertising revenues plummeted 14.8% to a record low of e3 billion ($4.2 billion) in 2009, according to Screen Digest.
Helmer Tim Burton will serve as jury prexy for this year's Cannes Film Festival, which unspools May 12-23.