France opens American and International Desk

To team local production houses with foreign producers

PARIS -- French producers' guild the APC has launched an "American and International Desk" designed to team local production houses with stateside and foreign producers for Gaul-based projects, the APC announced Friday.

The organization is based on the creation of a new tax break for big-budget foreign productions, passed by the French government in December and approved by the European Commission in Brussels in July, known as the TRIP (tax rebate for international productions).

The "A&I Desk" will be fully operational by Aug. 24 according to the APC's Frederic Goldsmith. "Our goal is to develop a more businesslike, more pragmatic approach to working with American producers. The desk will be a place where we can work together and create partnerships," Goldsmith said in an interview.

He added: "The APC's members are experienced producers who understand the international mechanisms of production and, more specifically, the TRIP so will be key partners to help U.S. producers through the process."

The APC boasts 120 members, including president Eric Altmayer of Mandarin Cinema, plus board members such as Pan Europeenne's Philippe Godeau and Camille Gentet, Pyramide's Fabienne Vonier and Stephane Parthenay and Mact Production's Antoine de Clermont Tonnerre, currently the head of French film promotion organization Unifrance.

The "A&I Desk" will work closely with French Film Commission Film France, and plans to host several match-making events for its members and international producers in the coming months.