Feature film production in France fell nearly a quarter in the first half of the year, according to the latest figures released by the Federation of Cinema Industries (FICAM) on Wednesday.
Down 24 percent, only 55 films went into production in the first half of the year, compared with 72 during the same period last year.At a minimum;
FICAM also cited the new rules of what is called the “collective agreement,” which regulated the industry practices and created minimum wages in several sectors, including technicians such as electricians and camera operators, costume and wardrobe workers, and assistant directors.Bold in the above by HSIB.
After a decade of debate, the agreement was signed by trade unions and the Association of Independent Producers (API), which represents major production companies Gaumont, MK2, Pathe and UGC in France, in October 2012 and went into effect Jan. 1, 2013. At the time, many directors opposed the measures saying that the new wages and stipulations regarding overtime and night shoots would jeopardize low-budget films.