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Taiwanese filmmakers urged to produce visual effects in France

2012/09/17 17:36:21

Taipei, Sept. 17 (CNA) An official from a French film commission encouraged Taiwanese filmmakers Monday to produce visual effects for their films in France, saying France provides incentives for foreign films made there.

Yann Marchet, marketing and communications director of the Ile de France Film Commission, said France offers a 20 percent tax rebate for foreign films shot or produced in France, and he urged Taiwanese filmmakers to seize the opportunity.

Marchet made his remarks at an international forum on visual effects and animation in Taipei that was organized by the Taipei Film Commission.

He told reporters on the sideline of the forum that Taiwan has a vibrant film industry and said his commission will continue to work together with the Taipei Film Commission not only on filming but also on post production and visual effects.

The two commissions signed an agreement in 2010 on mutual assistance in film production and marketing. The Ile de France Film Commission is one of several regional film commissions under the Commission Nationale de Filme France.

Marchet also noted Taiwan's importance in the Asian film market and said his commission has found Taiwan to be a good springboard for doing film business with China.

"We think Taipei is a key place for France to develop initiatives in Asia, particularly with China," he said.

Taiwan and France are both very interested in film, Marchet said, with domestic films accounting for a market share of around 20 percent in Taiwan and 40 percent in France, providing a good basis for the two countries to work together.

Monday's forum brought together international experts from studios based in France, Britain, Japan, the United States and Taiwan to discuss a range of topics such as the value of visual effects and animation, international collaboration in those fields, 3D animation and digital image technologies.

(By Christie Chen)