Filming In France

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 France is filled with iconic filming locations that have been used in hundreds of classic and modern films. From the cobbled back streets of Paris in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, to the turquoise seas of the French Riviera, the country is suitable for a diverse range of productions. There’s also a thriving film industry in France, with both independent and major film studios.

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NEEDaFIXER FRANCE have a wide range of contacts in the area, and can assemble a crew to film your production in France. We can provide directors, producers, technical staff, and all the crew that your particular shoot requires, and we’ve worked with an impressive array of production companies over the years. A major challenge of filming in France is the language barrier, but using the services of NEEDaFIXER means that we can provide a go-between and ensure you have the experienced crew you need to make your production a success.
We offer a wide range of services for those who are filming in France from scouting the right location, to providing equipment such as drones and pilots to create exciting new shots. Our comprehensive range of pre-production services helps you ensure everything is in place before you arrive, and we can even help with casting in France, sending over show reels of talented locals.
Whether you are filming in the middle of Paris or on an empty beach, the NEEDaFIXER FRANCE team will be able to arrange permits and get cast and crew transported to the location. France is a good country in which to film as generally it’s an easy process to obtain the right permits, but we can get these sorted for you along with arranging all the other logistics of your shoot.
France is one of the major exporters of movies around the world, with many popular French and English language films produced here every year. Oscar nominated Amélie was filmed in Paris and was a global hit, and Stephen Spielberg produced comedy-drama The Hundred-Foot Journey was filmed in a charming small town in the Midi-Pyrénées region. With major cities and rustic towns at your disposal, there are endless filming locations in France.
GFrance is a popular destination for those filming movies and TV shows, and many major productions have taken place here over the years. You’ll no doubt have seen many movies set in Paris, especially classic films, and the city has also been the backdrop for newer films such as action packed Taken and horror movie As Above, So Below. Outside of the capital, many French film locations have been used in classic and modern movies. Alfred Hitchcock used the French Riviera as a backdrop for To Catch a Thief and other movies, while the Palace of Versailles has been used in dozens of movies over the decades. You may already have a filming location in France in mind, but if you don’t then the NEEDaFIXER FRANCE team can find something that’ll suit your production’s style and budget.

What can our fixers in France do for you?
France has a large and diverse film industry, and you’ll usually find that the authorities are amenable to requests to film in various locations. However, you may be put off from filming in France because of the language barrier, or worried about finding the right crew. Using the services of NEEDaFIXER FRANCE means that you can get things like permits arranged for your shoot, and will have a professional crew on hand ready to film.
You’ll find a few major studios in France, such as the famous Gaumont Film Company who have the distinction of being the first film company in the world. France also has a thriving independent film scene, and also produces a lot of original content for TV. NEEDaFIXER has worked with many production companies across France, and has built an excellent portfolio of contacts so we can find cast and crew for all sorts of shoots.
If you’d like to find out more about how our team can help with production in France, please e-mail us at [email protected] and we’ll be in touch.


Some popular locations for filming in France include:

  • Paris – With many iconic locations that look great on film, from the Arc De Triomphe to the Eiffel Tower, it’s easy to see why Paris is such a popular filming location.
  • Charente-Maritime – On the west coast of France, this area is home to charming small towns, marinas, and even some remote islands. Fort Boyard provides a dramatic backdrop in the middle of the sea, and the town of Rochefort has been the setting for numerous French films.
  • French Riviera – The glamorous beaches of St. Tropez, the bustling city of Nice, and the spectacular clifftop villages of nearby Corsica all make this a popular area for filming.

Frequently Asked Questions


How easy is it to get permits?
Due to the film-friendly nature of the country, not forgetting the iconic and stunning backdrops, it’s relatively simple to attain a permit and usually takes up to 6-10 days to process.

Do I need a visa or work permit?
If you’re originally from an EU country, you will not be required to have a visa. Outside of the EU, it’s advisable to contact their local embassy for further information and check for recent visa changes eg. Japanese citizens now have visa-free access for 172 countries and territories (can enter France up to 90 days within 180 days in the Schengen area, without visa).

Can I hire equipment once there?
From specialty cranes to underwater equipment, you’ll have a high-quality selection of technology at your fingertips when shooting in France. As well as standard equipment supplied by Arri and Panavision in particular.

What is the climate like?
Northern France has a standard four-season climate, whereas the south of France has a more Mediterranean feel year round. From snowy conditions in The Alps during the winter to clear, sunny days in the summer along the coast, diverse conditions can be found in each season. Most filmmakers favour September – May when shooting in the South of France.

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Testimonials

’NEEDaFIXER team provide a professional and efficient service and they react very well to last minute production requests and changes. We have used them on numerous location shoots and we have always felt a high degree of trust and reliability. I wouldn’t hesitate in working with them on future productions.’

Karen Knowles

Producer / RICOCHET

 

’I have met NEEDaFIXER in Greece! It was LOVE from the first sight. Since then, I cannot imagine my production without them! They are like Family! Always helpful. Always happy. Always with loads of energy… & always with PASSION for what they do!’

Katarzyna Chmielarz

Producer / GPD

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