Ile-de-France hotbed of film employment


PARIS -- A total 114,000 people were employed in the film and audiovisual industry in France's Ile-de-France region in 2005, marking a 9% annual growth in the sector, according to a study by the region and market research group Audiens.

The number of full-time staffers increased by 5% and non-salaried showbiz professionals 10%, with a total growth of 11% in the number of people working in feature film production.

Government film funding subsidies in the Ile-de-France region reached €14 million ($18.7 million) in 2005 and tax credits for film and audiovisual projects totaled €80 million ($107 million), thus increasing film production and creating more jobs.

The ubiquity of foreign film shoots in the region, among them "Marie Antoinette" and "The Da Vinci Code," also contributed to the jump in employment, bringing in €50 million ($67 million).