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Animation in Paris Region

  • Pro

ilm Paris Region and the Paris Region council participate every year in the International Animation Film Market (MIFA) during the Annecy Festival. 
Every year, Paris Region devotes approximately 5.4M euros to the animation industry. Since 2016, it has supported 20 films, including 12 feature films. 

  • 75 %

    of French animation jobs are located in Paris Region
  • 10

    of the largest animation producers are based in Paris Region (43% of total production volume)
  • 5 345

    people are involved in the creation of these audiovisual and cinematographic productions in Paris Region.
  • 41 %

    are executive profiles, which guarantee expertise and high skills.

Les Gobelins, a school of animation in Paris Region, is ranked as the top school of animation in Europe and 3rd in the world by Animation Career Review.

  • Renewed and adapted support programs: 2 times more candidate projects
  • An exceptional financial endeavor: 3 times more projects supported 
  • A strong commitment to support the industry: a high success rate


An improved policy framework

Thanks to the successive reforms of January 2017 and March 5, 2020 the Region's Film & Audiovisual Support Fund is now much more favorable to animation projects.

  • Simplified access criteria for animation and consideration of specificity for eligible expenses to make the program more accessible and attractive;
  • In cinema, animated films are examined by the college 3, which specializes in films with a high economic impact and is made up of professionals from the industry;
  • Grant scales have been significantly re-evaluated and the Fund's budget has been increased by €3 million over the past four years (from €14 million to €17 million), allowing for more and larger grants of up to €700,000.
  • In addition, animation projects can apply for a bonus to cover innovative technologies or exceptional technical expenses in order to promote real economic impact and make Paris Region a pioneering territory for certain cutting-edge technologies.
  • The minimum length of each episode of a series has been reduced to 2 minutes to adapt to the reality of the market


Increased support for audiovisual or cinematographic animation projects

In all, 20 animated productions (12 for cinema and 8 for television) have been supported since 2016.
It should be added that the Region also supports the industry upstream with its writing grants (8 authors supported for short and feature films as well as audiovisual series) and for the finalization of short or feature-length animated films with its Post-production grants (1 feature film supported in 2016 and 3 short films in 2018 and 2019)


For television

Between 2016 and 2019, 28 animation films were submitted and 13 supported. 
The selectivity rate is therefore very favorable for animation films, nearly 50%, compared to less than 30% for fiction and documentary films.


For the cinema

12 animated feature films have been supported since 2016 with an average support of nearly €320,000 per production.
The year 2019 was quite remarkable with the selection of 3 animated features at the Cannes Film Festival: The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily by Lorenzo Mattotti, The Swallows of Kabul by Zabou Breitman & Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec and I've Lost My Body by Jérémy Clapin, which also won the César for Best Animated Film in 2020 following an Oscar nomination.  


Among the highly awaited projects in 2020 and 2021: BLIND WILLOW, SLEEPING WOMAN 2D digital animation written and directed by Pierre Földes and adapted from short stories by Haruki Murakami and CALAMITY, A CHILDHOOD OF MARTHA JANE CANNARY by Rémi Chayé presented in the WIP section at Annecy last year.