The French parliament has amended the country's taxcredit scheme for cinema, boosting the maximum credit available to Euros 1m perfilm.

The tax credit system was put into place in January thisyear and allows productions and co-productions, which qualify as French underFrench film board (CNC) guidelines, to write off between 10% and 20% of belowthe line costs such as crew, art and set work, wardrobe, transportation andpost-production.

The only condition on the scheme is that the work must becompleted in France to benefitlocal technicians and stem so-called 'runaway production'.

Previously there was a cap of Euros 500,000 per film butthis will now be doubled and take effect from January 1, 2005.

The government is also said to be studying the possibilityof allowing TV productions to fall under the same rules.