Paris Region – a global hub for the image industry
Paris Region, hosting 90% of all French film and audio-visual production, offers a global center of excellence comprising more than 260,000 people working for 11,000 organizations, including animation, special effects and video games studios that are renowned worldwide for their creativity and technical expertise.
The most famous of these companies are Mac Guff (which animated the film Despicable Me), Mikros Image (which won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film with Logorama in 2010) and Buf Compagnie (Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard). Paris Region is France’s leading platform for video games, too – the birthplace of major industry names including Ubisoft, Gameloft, Mimesis Republic and Neko-Entertainment. All of these companies chose Paris or its surrounding region for its vibrant industry culture and its outstanding pool of professional talent. These headline names are surrounded by a host of VSEs working at the cutting edge of technological progress.
The “French Touch” – the envy of the world
Paris Region is also the heartland of the “French Touch” – a uniquely distinctive combination of creativity, originality and technical know-how. Its world-class schools and universities train artistic directors, designers and engineers who are snapped up as soon as they graduate by top studios seeking creativity and innovative flair. Graduates of the famous Gobelins school of visual communication are to be found at Pixar and Dreamworks. ISART DIGITAL is unique in France in offering specialist training focused on the 3D animation industry.
Paris Region has 3,800 researchers working in the image industry. The government has put special measures in place to support the animation and special effects sector and the video games industry (International Tax Credit, Video Games Tax Credit and Video Games Support Fund).
Cap Digital, the digital content and services cluster, brings together the many players operating in this sector in order to promote competitiveness and creativity industry-wide. Its members – 620 SMEs, 20 major groups, 50 public-sector institutions, schools and universities – pool knowledge and resources in order to deliver highly innovative projects. Cap Digital’s goal is to build Paris Region’s global leadership in the digital sector, in terms of both output and strategic vision. Capital Games, the Paris Region video games cluster, gathers the region’s players within this industry in a similar way, supporting their export initiatives, funding proposals and joint R&D projects.