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France eyes more film co-productions with Taiwan

France eyes more film co-productions with Taiwan

Taipei, June 28 (CNA) An official from the French national film commission is visiting Taiwan on a mission to boost film co-productions between the two countries. Franck Priot, chief operating officer of the Paris-based Film France, gave a talk at a conference in Taipei on Thursday to explain the opportunities, incentives, and tools available to shoot and coproduce with France. Priot said he was impressed by Taiwan's strength in filmmaking after having seen many Taiwanese productions shown at French film festivals such as the Cannes International Film Festival. "We're paying a lot of attention to Taiwan's cinema," Priot said at the conference attended by many Taiwanese professionals in the filmmaking industry. Incentives for shooting films in France include no restrictions on film scripts, solutions for movies of a wide range of budgets, subsidies, local crew members' ability to perform advanced filming techniques and a variety of scenic spots that can be used as shooting locations, Priot said. He invited more Taiwanese teams to shoot in France. To attract more Taiwanese film production crews to France, the Film France and the Bureau Francais de Taipei, recently published a guidebook detailing information on cooperative filming projects between France and other countries. Priot is also scheduled to attend the opening ceremony of the Taipei Film Festival on Friday, during which he will present a letter of appreciation to Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin, who doubles as the chairman of the Taipei Film Commission, to honor the commission's efforts to promote Taiwan-France co-productions. Film France, with a network of 40 local film commissions throughout France, assists foreign production companies and individuals preparing to film in the European country. It offers information on locations, crews and facilities. (By Elaine Hou)