Minister Fleur Pellerin visits Los Angeles
In early February, Fleur Pellerin made her first visit to the United States as France’s Minister of Culture and Communication. Minister Pellerin traveled to Los Angeles with the goal of promoting the country’s advantages for international film productions. The government has increased a tax rebate rate from twenty to thirty percent in order to encourage more foreign production firms to shoot films in France.
While in Los Angeles, the minister had the opportunity to speak about France’s strengths in cinema and media arts, and to showcase French technical expertise in cinematic production. Minister Pellerin also met with American film professionals and academics to discuss potential collaborations and share knowledge and expertise about the industry — notably Warner Brothers CEO Kevin Tsujihara and film director Chris Nolan.
The minister’s meetings with major production companies — which included 20th Century Fox, Universal Studios, Sony Pictures and Lions Gate, among others —covered topics such as the copyright debate and measures to reduce piracy. Ms Pellerin also visited Fahrenheit, a non-profit collaborative space for French contemporary artists in the Los Angeles area.
Among the officials that Minister Pellerin met with were Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd, who currently serves as the president of the Motion Picture Association of America. She also awarded filmmaker and actress Julie Delpy and executive producer François Truffart the title of Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters for their significant contributions to the arts.