The CNC’s assessment of French cinematographic production in the first six months of 2015

The CNC has noted a trend towards an increase in the number of films being produced and their budgets in comparison with the same period in 2014. The budgets of these films have risen by 35%, the average budget per film by 16%, and the number of big-budget films has also increased.

The volume of French cinematographic production has increased in comparison with the first six months of 2014 with 133 films supported by the CNC, or 19 more films than during the same period in 2014 (16.7%). The number of “French-initiated” films has risen to 101, which is 14 more films than at the end of June 2014.

The total of the budgets of these films has surpassed 550 million Euros
The total budget of CNC-supported films between January and June 2015 has risen to 551.72 million Euros (+34.8% compared with the same period in 2014).
The budget of French-initiated films has also increased by 34.8%.
The budget of in foreign-produced films has increased by 35.2% in relation to the first six months of 2014.

Given that the increase in budgets is greater than the increase in the total number of films being produced, the average bill for a French film is reported to be 4.41 million Euros at the end of June 2015, in comparison with 3.80 million Euros at the end of the same period in 2014 (+16.1 %)

Big-budget films are on the rise
22 films with a budget greater than 7 million Euros were counted by the CNC, whereas in 2014, only 14 were being produced during the same period. Four films have a budget greater than 15 million Euros during the first six months of 2015 ; in 2014, there was only one.
28 films have a budget less than 1 million Euros ; in 2014, there were 31 and in 2013, 29.
Amongst these films with a budget of less than 1 million Euros, 19 were documentaries (15 in 2014) and 13 were directly financed by the CNC (10 in 2014).