Guide to procedure

 To organise a film shoot at a national monument, please send a written request (post, e-mail or fax) to the Venue Hire and Filming Department.
 The request will then be transferred to the monument in question.

 What documents do I need to send with the request? 

 Each request must be supported by a dossier containing the following documents:

  • a letter of intent specifying the purpose of the shoot (feature film, short film, TV drama, etc.)
  • the form that can be downloaded here, specifying the desired location (name or features of the location you require), the dates and planned length of the shoot, including, where applicable, the time required for setting up and taking down the installations
  • a technical file (number of people involved, detailed information on the equipment and technical installations used)
  • a synopsis or storyboard showing the sequence or scene that will be filmed at the selected location
  • a certificate of insurance covering all risks to the monument, the collections and the CMN personnel 

 When should I send the request? 

 We advise you to send the request as early as possible, given the restrictions involved in operating the monuments and opening them to the public. 
 For shoots that require large installations, all requests should be sent at least one month prior to the start of the shoot.

 What general conditions apply to these permits? The "administrative specifications for film and photographic shoots" specifying the general terms of issuing permits (payment of the fee, cancellation, change of date etc.) can be downloaded here.

 Specific terms relating to religious locations. 
 Before sending the request to the Centre des Monuments Nationaux, you should obtain the prior consent of the clergy, the cultural trustee of the building.
 Access to the monument is also subject to compliance with the stipulations of the "Bâtiments de France" architect, the curator of the building (see the list of architectural and heritage departmental services on the website of the Ministry of Culture and Communication).


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