After only going online in 2021, Salon Paris Images returns for its ninth edition as a hybrid event, offering both in-person and online attendees the opportunity to get a broader view of the infrastructure of French audiovisual production. From January 20-29, the show will feature five distinct, low-key events, each with its own agenda and focus, all grouped under the Paris Images name.
On January 20 and 21, speakers will be able to attend in person the Paris Images Production Forum and the Paris Images AFC Events, both organized at the Parc Floral in Paris. While the Production Forum will bring together exhibitors highlighting venues and service providers from across the country, AFC Events will offer a streamlined, preview version of the upcoming Micro Salon, a cinematic showcase to be held in April 2022. .
Of the two events on January 25, the Industrie Du Rêve summit will be looking inward, taking place in French and in person, as it asks what education and training opportunities could anticipate future industry needs. Aimed at international partners and entirely in English, Paris Image Online will offer a day of case studies, round tables and keynotes covering the extent of the country’s production infrastructure, with registration open to all.
Opening with a speech by CNC President Dominique Boutonnat, the Paris Image Online program will highlight American productions like “Stillwater” and “The Last Duel” alongside upcoming local projects like the Pathé produced, Jean-Jacques Annaud directed “Notre-Dame sur Fire” and the Canal Plus series “Marie-Antoinette”. The scheduled speakers will run the gamut, from production department coordinators to casting agents to visual effects houses.
The show will conclude with the Paris Images Digital Summit, which will address issues related to the visual effects industry from January 26-29.
“It’s been a difficult year for the global film industry, but in France and Paris, production has increased,” says Rémi Bergues, Managing Director of Film Paris Region. A regional support committee for local and international filming in and around the capital, Film Paris Region also organizes the annual Production Forum before the creation of the Paris Image umbrella event.
That means anticipating the needs of attendees, and when it comes to planning for this year’s edition, that means returning to face-to-face (masked) gatherings and providing a central focus on sustainable production practices.
“For a few years, we have been working to identify solutions that productions can use to reduce their environmental impact,” explains Bergues. “We have identified solutions for sustainable paint and for reusable studio sets and costumes. We will have conferences and workshops on the subject itself, and we will have participants who will expose these solutions, inviting professionals to meet and collaborate.
Nearly a fifth of the 100 scheduled exhibitors will be first-time attendees, a move that meets the film commission’s broader goals. “It’s kind of a one-stop shop where professionals come to see what’s available,” says Bergues, who points to a series of post-industrial areas and urban sites outside the city limits of Paris that can mimic the famous Haussmann boulevards of the city. examples of the nearly 30 new places presented this year. “So part of our mission is to identify new places that can inspire.”