A historic city with a multi-cultural tapestry, Marseille is a film-friendly destination for all kinds of productions.
Marseille, the second-largest city after Paris in France, located on the south coast is the perfect meeting ground of style and class. Marseille is the biggest Mediterranean port and the economic hub of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region.
A dynamic, edgy, bustling city rich with more than 1,500 years of history, the heart of the city is the vibrant Vieux Port, mast-to-mast with yachts and pleasure boats. Just uphill is the ancient Le Panier neighbourhood, the oldest section of the city. The bay, flanked by Fort Saint-Nicolas and Fort Saint-Jean, shelters the Castle of If. Watched over by the basilica of Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, the city’s pedestrian zones and shopping areas offer a wide mix of historical sites.
Marseille can be termed as a filmmakers’ delight for its perfect marriage of history with contemporary living style. The region boasts amazing natural heritage, particularly the Calanques National Park, the only land, sea and suburban park in Europe, Maeseille is a perfect film friendly place to shoot.
Branded as the second-most popular filming location in France, Marseille hosts more than 300 films per year.
The shores of the Lacydon provide unparalleled natural light, and the city has undeniable amenities, natural landscapes, a sense of natural authenticity, as well as professionals and facilities of renowned quality such as the La Belle-de-Mai Media Park. These assets are reinforced by the city’s determination to develop its cultural and economic sectors.
A true Mediterranean city, bathed in sunlight and bustling with people, Marseille has always stimulated the imagination of filmmakers.
Marseille has a Mediterranean climate with mild, humid winters and warm to hot, mostly dry summers. December, January, and February are the coldest months, averaging temperatures of around 12 °C during the day and 4 °C at night. July and August are the hottest months, averaging temperatures of around 28–30 °C during the day and 19 °C at night. Marseille is officially the sunniest major city in France with over 2,900 hours of sunshine while the average sunshine in France is around 1,950 hours.
TRIP (Tax Rebate for International Production)
The TRIP supports non-French projects that are completely or partly made in France. To be eligible, projects must pass a cultural test, which assesses European cultural elements in the story as well as French and European locations, characters, sources, landmarks, creators, crew and French technical hubs. For live action, there’s a minimum of five days of shoot here necessary. For animated productions and VFX-intensive projects, there is a dedicated cultural test, acknowledging the specificities of the genre.
The amount allocated comprises 30 per cent of the film’s expenditures incurred in France, and caps at €30 million per project. The foreign producer needs to contract a French company to handle the shoot in France or/and the making of the animation / VFX shots via a production service agreement. At the end of the French’s company fiscal year, the production services company claims the rebate. The money is paid by the tax authorities, and received half to one and a half year after the last expenditure. Minimum spend is either 250,000 euros OR 50 per cent of the total budget to be spent in France.
The TRIP exclusively targets non-French productions. Filmmakers will have to choose: whether the project becomes French via a co-production treaty or the project gets the TRIP.
How To Shoot A Film In Marseille
The Cinema & Audiovisual Mission (Mission Cine-ma Marseille) was set up by the city of Marseille to encourage the development of cinematographic and audio-visual activities in the city. It provides a free service to welcome, inform and establish relationships with local resources. Cinema & Audiovisual Mission helps filmmakers in following ways:
Welcomes, advises and accompanies film crews right from the preparation of projects.
Coordinates and issues permits for filming along public streets and on public property (parks and gardens, museums, cemeteries, public buildings, sports facilities, schools).
Aids in preliminary location scouting by making it possible to visit sites of natural interest, emblematic or unusual locations, provides information on private sites, arranges introductions to local associations, service providers and business networks,
Provides information on the services offered by the Pôle Média de la Belle de Mai, including the provision of office space for visiting productions and of studios for shots/recordings, as well as special effects and other technical services.
Manages the technical services (installation and removal of street furniture, modification of street lighting).
Provides support to productions in seeking local technicians.
Séréna Zouaghi, Mayor Deputy In Charge, Cinema & Audiovisual Mission, Marseille
talks to Rohini Nag Madnani about why Indian filmmakers should take notice of Marseille
Why should an Indian producer shoot in Marseille?
There are 162 production companies whose activities concern the production of short films, feature films, TV fictions and documentaries, as well as light entertainment and institutional and promotional films. Over 900 structures, personal services and equipment businesses, associations and organisations have an activity linked entirely or partially to the cinema and audio-visual sector. Marseille is not only a picturesque location to shoot but has infrastructure that has worked with many big names in Hollywood as well as French and world cinema. Marseille has a beautiful mix of locations which thanks to our infrastructure are easy to shoot at.
Are there any specific rebates that Marseille offers apart from the French incentives?
Along with the French incentives offered to national to local and foreign filmmakers, Marseille does not offer any extra monetary rebates. But we have many attractive covenants for filmmakers. Right from accompanying film crews to help scout for locations as well as hiring local talent, we help filmmakers at every leg of the shoot. Coordinating and issuing permits for filming along public locations to arranging for private properties as locations we help through every process. We also provide F&B and hotel stays at good prices after negotiating on the filmmakers’ behalf.
Which is the best time of the year to shoot in Marseille?
The beauty of Marseille is that our locations are film friendly throughout the year. A filmmaker can come around 12 months and shoot with pleasant weather. Marseille benefits from an exceptionally warm and sunny climate with around 2,800 hours of sun per year.
What is the process to shoot in Marseille?
After filling out the form on our website, we will get back to you. After that, you just have to mail us the script and mention the locations, public or private. After that, we will start the process of scouting for locations and plan your shoot accordingly.