Chairman of the CNC
After a very long wait and the many health restrictions, it is with immense joy and anticipation that we see the Annecy Festival being held.
The reopening of cultural venues, cinemas, festivals and concert halls since May is a breath of fresh air for the entire country. We have all noticed, and talked about it, we have all missed these cultural moments throughout the last year and a half that we have endured this health crisis.
At the onset of the crisis, the CNC – their vocation since their creation in 1946 – immediately provided emergency assistance to professionals (a solidarity fund for authors, advance payment of support, tax suspension on theatre entry tickets, and safeguarding subsidies for cancelled festivals).
In the second phase we set up a public guarantee fund, unprecedented anywhere in the world, to kickstart filming as fast as possible by insuring them against the health risk. Today, films are being released in theatres and audiovisual works broadcast thanks to this scheme, which has in turn won much worldwide admiration.
The Government has granted the CNC with considerable assistance for a recovery plan – over 400 million EUR –, which in addition to alleviating the effects of the crisis, enables the sector to be supported facing future challenges as a result of accelerated changes that have arisen in the last few months throughout audiovisual sector. In total, the sector will have benefitted from more than one billion euros of State support to keep them afloat.
By saving these employees, projects and companies, we have preserved our identity, and our country. Many countries around the world did not choose the same solutions as we did, and here we can be immensely proud of our innate French specificity. Currently, we are in a recovery period, and together we shall invent new avenues for tomorrow’s creation.