France’s Hard-Hit Film Sector to Get $106 Million Rescue Plan Amid Vaccine Pass Controversy

France’s Hard-Hit Film Sector to Get $106 Million Rescue Plan Amid Vaccine Pass Controversy
French film exhibitors, producers and distributors will benefit from a €90 million ($106 million) rescue plan from the National Film Board (Cnc) to compensate for revenue loss caused by the six-month shutdown of theaters.

The scheme that was approved Thursday had been pushed by film guilds since May, when theaters reopened with an audience capacity limited at 65% and a 9 p.m. curfew, after being closed down since Oct. 30.

The country’s film sector is now grappling with strict July 21 requirement that patrons show a EU Digital Covid Certificate — commonly called a “health pass” — with proof of vaccination or a recent negative Pcr test in order to access cultural venues including movie theaters. Since Macron’s announcement of this new bill on July 12, the vaccine rollout has accelerated at an unprecedented pace, but as of July 25, only 49.3% of the population in France is fully vaccinated, according to the Agence France-Presse.

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