French Movies : how to benefit from the French movie tax credit

Context: why the French Movie Tax credit? Because France is proud of its heritage and is determined to spread it worldwide although they already are the number one tourist destination in the world. Films and other fictions play a substantial part in this promotion. That is why the Ministry of Culture has set up important tax incentives for film producers, which are even more attractive to foreign companies.

French movie tax credit for corporations based in France (including therefore subsidiaries of foreign groups)

The prerequisites and conditions of the French movie tax credit…

The conditions to obtain a refund are (1) an agreement from the Centre National du Cinéma (2) the majority of the movie/episode has to be shot in French. In practice, the agreement is needed prior to the launching of the French movie performance.

Moreover, the tax credit cannot cause all subsidies to overtake 50% of the overall budget.

The base of calculation…

The movie tax credit (Crédit d’Impôt Cinéma in French) allows any producer to collect a refund of certain expenses. Eligible expenses for the tax credit are royalties paid to authors, salaries and social costs paid for technical staff members, and expenses incurred to cut/edit/ the movie… to sum up almost all expenses. The total of expenses entitled to this credit is capped at 6 M€.

and the rate

The tax credit is calculated per episode or movie and represents up to 30% of the aforementioned costs, which means the movie tax credit is capped at 9 M€ accordingly.

and the refund

If the tax credit has not been deducted from the tax bill, it is immediately refunded.

… and for entities based outside France 

The conditions and the calculation of this tax credit (in French Crédit d’impôt pour production de films et oeuvres audiovisuelles étrangers) are the same (agreement of the CNC, expenses capped at 30 M€, etc.) with the exception (1) that the movie/episode is required to highlight parts of the French heritage, but is not required to be shot in French.

Hence, the movie tax credit is capped at 9 M€ accordingly.

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Tax incentives in France – French movie tax credits

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