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Ani­ma­tion in Region Sud (France)

THE ANI­MA­TION AND VIDEO GAME INDUS­TRY IS BOOM­ING IN THE REGION SUD!

The City of Mar­seille is pleased to host this first edi­tion of Car­toon­Next, mark­ing its desire to sup­port the ani­ma­tion and video game sec­tors, along­side its part­ners- the Metrop­o­lis of Aix-Mar­seille and the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region. 

The city is the own­er of a busi­ness cen­ter called le Pôle Média de la Belle-de-Mai, a ver­i­ta­ble hub where cin­e­ma, audio­vi­su­al, mul­ti­me­dia and cre­ative cul­tur­al indus­tries come togeth­er. It is one of the pil­lars for the devel­op­ment of the dig­i­tal audio­vi­su­al sec­tor, the dynamism of which has already been well proven local­ly. Span­ning 23,000 m², it brings togeth­er some 50 com­pa­nies and gen­er­ates around 1,000 jobs. There are also 6 film sets, a busi­ness incu­ba­tor, busi­ness accel­er­a­tor and a film school. 

The ani­ma­tion sec­tor has devel­oped con­sid­er­ably in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region in recent years, for which the sup­port fund has exist­ed since 2010. It pro­vides grants for fea­ture films, short films and series for tele­vi­sion at the writ­ing, devel­op­ment and pro­duc­tion stages. Now with a bud­get of one mil­lion €, the region­al sup­port fund for ani­ma­tion has financed 77 projects over the past 11 years. Pro­duced in one of the 13 region­al stu­dios or local­ly based com­pa­nies, these projects have cre­at­ed a dynam­ic ecosys­tem in this attrac­tive region that also hosts two inter­na­tion­al­ly renowned schools.

In 2021, the Metrop­o­lis of Aix-Mar­seille-Provence launched a Met­ro­pol­i­tan Cinema/​Audiovisual/​Multimedia Assis­tance Fund (FACAMM). The fund is aimed at pro­duc­tion com­pa­nies, in order to devel­op this sec­tor which is high­ly-promis­ing both in terms of econ­o­my and employ­ment. This comes in addi­tion to the already-exist­ing fund pro­posed by the Région Sud (South of France) and the region of Mar­tigues, and is intend­ed to encour­age the devel­op­ment of high-poten­tial film pro­duc­tions and film­ing in our region. In addi­tion to the cre­ation of this fund, the Metrop­o­lis wish­es to take oth­er sup­ple­men­tary steps aim­ing to sup­port and devel­op the Cinema/​Audiovisual/​Multimedia indus­try by offer­ing sup­port to local projects with struc­tur­al impact, by assist­ing stu­dios and the post-pro­duc­tion sector.

Last­ly, in order to con­tribute to this dynam­ic, pri­vate actors have grouped togeth­er since April 2021 with­in SudAn­im, an asso­ci­a­tion that unites the pro­fes­sion­als of the ani­ma­tion and video game indus­try. Its objec­tive is to pro­mote the sec­tor and its key stake­hold­ers in order to take a lead­ing posi­tion on a nation­al and inter­na­tion­al scale. The asso­ci­a­tion cur­rent­ly has around fifty members.