Paris Film Office’s Michel Gomez on Terrorist Attacks: ‘Production Levels Quickly Returned to Normal’

Commission head drills down on shoots, rebate effect, new initiatives

PARIS — Paris int’l shoot levels ‘quickly returned to normal’ after November Terrorist attacks, says Paris Film Office head Michel Gomez, who also talked to Variety about recent and upcoming shoots, and new Paris Film Office initiatives

What were the main French and international shoots in Paris in 2015?

French:

“Chocolat” by Roschdy Zem (Mandarin Cinéma) with Omar Sy , 20 days in Paris

“Personal Shopper,” by Olivier Assayas (CG Cinema), with Kirsten Stewart, seven days

“Heureux en France” (”The Jews”), by  Yvan Attal (La Petite Reine) with Charlotte Gainsbourg, 12 days.

“L’esprit d’équipe,”  by Christophe Barratier (Galatee Films), with  François-Xavier Demaison, 10 days

“Planetarium,” by Rebecca Zlotowski (Les Films du Velvet), with Nathalie Portman and Lily Rose Depp, 14 days

International :

“Bonjour Anne,” by Eleanor Coppola, with Diane Lane and Nicolas Cage, four days in Paris

“La Femme à la plaque argentique,” from the Japanese director  Kijoshi Kurosawa, with Tahar Rahim, Olivier Gourmet and Constance Rousseau.

What are the main French and international productions set to shoot in Paris in 2016?

“War Machine,” by David Michod, in January 2016.

Have the terrorist attacks in 2015 affected production levels in Paris?

Film shoots only stopped between Nov. 13-30 2015 following temporary police restrictions. Then production levels quickly returned to normal.

In early 2015, a temporary restriction was placed on shooting action scenes in Paris. Did this have an impact on shoots? Are there restrictions in force at present?

The only restrictions concern using false weapons, policemen uniforms and pyrotechnics. It didn’t seem to have any real impact on shoots.

To what extent will the recent changes to the tax rebate schemes for domestic and international productions, in which the rates have increased to 30%, effective as of January 2016, increase productions in Paris?

The changes are indeed very recent so it is too early to tell, but we do know it will boost productions in Paris. We want to attract more national and foreign productions but also make them stay longer in Paris with their crew. A recent example: an Indian production has decided to stay for eight weeks in Paris thanks to the tax rebate schemes!

Have any new specific measures been introduced by the Paris Film Office in 2015 or are there specific initiatives planned for 2016?

Paris has made a commitment to favor film and TV production, which creates jobs for the city and is also a great way for Paris to be promoted on the international stage. One of our measures has been the launch of a bilingual site dedicated to film professionals. The Paris Film Office is currently developing better online tools for productions, to make the authorization process hassle-free.

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