Based on interviews with business leaders, and financial analysis of several companies, this report presents an overview of the status of technical service providers, faced with deep structural change and the effects of the economic crisis on film and audiovisual production funding.
The writers of this audit point out that these problems could have "in the long run serious consequences" on the whole filmmaking process. The gradual disappearance of 35 mm prints, because of the growing movie theatre digitization, will kill the photochemical industry within three years. A thousand jobs are affected by this technological revolution according to the French Film Industry Federation.
The French feature film production is declining: 158 films in 2009 against 176 in 2008 and 181 in 2007. The number of shooting weeks went down by 15% in 2009. "We're caught in a terrible situation, says Ficam President. Every year we support more than 400 short films, and 80 first movies... Renewals of talent, and production of fragile works, depend on the right balance of our industry."
The number of television production hours went down again by 14% in the first half of 2010, a decrease of 21% between 2008 and 2010 (M6 goes down by 27%, TF1 by 24%, only France Televisions group remains steady with 229 hours in 2010 against 231 hours in 2009.)
This requires a mobilization of all State departments to ensure the future of this industrial base, important for employment and technological know-how, and so preserve film and audiovisual production diversity.
* Audit Committee on technical industries of film and audiovisual, findings and recommendations (in French)
Report presented to Ms. Veronique Cayla, President of the National Film Centre, by Jean-Frédérick LEPERS, Economic and Financial General Comptroller, and Mr. Christian NINAUD, Consultant. June 15, 2010.
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Hopefully this brilliant French specialty of producing very informative reports will be acted upon!