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Working Conditions in France


France is part of the EU. No special working permits needed (including for the Swiss).

Collective Agreement CCC « extended » in French – applicable from 1st october 2013

3 salary scales (technicians/talents):

Working Hours

Principle of „equivalent“ hours (API, heures d’équivalence) according to EU Directive 2003/88/CE.

Preparation & Wrap up: 39 hrs / 48hr max.

Shooting: 5 days a week/48h max. - average working 48h/week during 4 months,

Break between two shooting weeks:

Night-time is from 22:00 to 06:00 from 1 April to 30 September – meal after 6h (1h)

Night-time is from 20:00 to 06:00 from 1 October to 30 March – meal after 6h (30’)

Night-time is 50%, overtime during Night-time is 100%


For the 39-hour-week:


In France, now, only one main category of crew members: technicians

Calculation of wages between monday and Sunday included

Updated scales on July 1st, 2017

Crew rates

For films above 3.66 M € for preparation & wrap up and shooting 5 or 6 days

For films below 3.66 M€ (preparation/shooting/wrap up)


A few other specialized positions:

Fringes are between 60% and 64 % according to the department but not depending of the position in the department. Therefore, accounting for 62% as an average is making sense.


All productions, without exception, French and foreign, must apply the new "extended" collective agreement signed on October 8, 2013, and respect its amendments.

To recover the international tax credits (Tax Rebate for International Production), concerning foreign productions, it is preferable to engage a French executive production.


Actors’ Rates

€ 400 per shooting day is the minimum fee. Negotiation prevails.

Background actors and extras rates.

Children in performance are subject to very strict regulations. Please read the Memo and File n°6 Annex.

Sources of Information

Jean-Louis NIEUWBOURG – Working Conditions January 2018

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