Movie producers throughout history have been fascinated with the French Riviera’s majestic setting, but it was in 2016 that the Alpes-Maritimes gained particular attention worldwide with 12 feature films, eight TV series and 97 advertisements shot in the region. As such, the multi-million euro film industry has become an important economic factor for the Côte d'Azur.
In 2016, the Alpes-Maritimes saw 376 different film shoots. Among them, the landscapes of the Côte d’Azur have lent their charms to the backdrops of Canadian series Ransom for five episodes, the British Made in Chelsea and the recently launched Sky Atlantic production Riviera for 10 episodes.
David Lisnard, Mayor of Cannes, says that the local film industry aims to attract national and international shoots to the department in order to boost its own reputation, but also to stimulate the local employment of audiovisual professionals.
According to the Commission of Films, in 2013, 1,542 days of shooting generated 55 million euros of direct revenue and 127 million euros of indirect revenue while in 2015, the commission estimated that 30 million euros in direct revenue was achieved solely with TV series.
Lisnard intends to continue the progression with a TV series festival next spring in Cannes and the development of new training opportunities within creative industries.