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Creative industries

in Hauts-de-France

The creative sector is booming in Hauts-de-France. Synergies between teams in business, academia and R&D are so powerful and work so well together that it’s easy to create innovative projects. We have just what you need to set up your business—complete ecosystems and talented people trained by world-class educational institutions.
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Your business belongs
in Hauts-de-France

The creative industry is a vital part of life in our region—enriching the local business community through the jobs and value it creates, the centers of excellence and research labs it founds, and the premium talent and training it attracts.

The Regional Council supports creative industries as part of its strategy to position Hauts-de-France as an economic powerhouse, given creative talents’ proven ability to improve the region’s image and appeal.

What companies are already settled in Hauts-de-France?


Meditation and mindfulness app.


Agency specialized in 3D Photo-realistic Virtual & Augmented Reality content


Produces and distributes kids’ animated series and interactive games.


Produces and sells gaming accessories, using artistic flair to deliver a more interactive and fun digital experience.


Distributes video games as well as mobile, console, and gaming accessories throughout Europe.


Interactive holograms.


Shakes up merchandising with linear 3D design software that uses immersive and realistic technology.


An independent entertainment and digital arts group that specializes in video games, animation, publishing and board games.


Video game design company specializing in serious games, AR/VR and interactive experiences.


An innovative multiplayer community-focused video game design company.


Offers 3D sound for gaming.


Melds learning and digital technology with modern tailor-made training programs and e-learning modules.


KTM Advance has designed a range of training solutions that immerse trainees in real-life job simulations.


Sound-up Studio is a recording and rehearsal studio near Lille.


Provides dubbing, subtitling, voice-over and audio descriptions in all languages as well as post-production services.


Something Big is a creative studio that develops children’s films and series.


ACFX helps clients with post-production and special effects. It also operates a 500 sq m film studio at the Plaine Images hub.


Gorgone Productions designs and produces audio for communications, audiovisual media and video games.


Adictiz creates marketing games and contests for advertisers and advertising agencies.


Cavalcade’s studio creates audiovisual projects from start to finish.

A fast-growing trio
in Hauts-de-France

The region has a vibrant ecosystem for audiovisual and film content production. Recent arrivals include:

  • Lylo, a video localization specialist,
  • MadLab Animations, specialized in 2D animation.

The audiovisual trio—film, animation and television—specialize in producing images and motion pictures, producing and publishing music and sound, providing graphic and other design services, and creating 3D content. Together these represent:

  • Over 500 businesses,
  • 2,560 full-time jobs,
  • 2,400 intermittent jobs.

Companies in creative industries often use workers under “intermittent” contracts because of the flexibility this allows. In audiovisual businesses, some 58% of all workers are employed in this capacity, a percentage that rises to 80% in content production. Our region’s video game ecosystem brings key advantages to the table:

  • A wide range of offers,
  • Expert knowledge of virtual reality technology,
  • Expertise in eSports.


  • Some 200 companies operate in the fast-growing market for cloud gaming, party video games, online games, mobile games, board games, advergames and more
  • 2 leaders: Ankama and Big Ben Interactive


A high-energy, fast-moving sector with over 100 businesses, including:

  • 177 movie theaters
  • 11 animation studios
  • 6 film production consultants

In 2018, Hauts-de-France was chosen to host Series Mania, a new international festival for TV series—a mark of recognition and a fantastic opportunity to showcase our expertise. The event brings together 2,500 of the industry’s top television series actors, writers and producers every year.



In Hauts-de-France there are:

  • more than 300 researchers
  • and more than 20 start-ups specialized in AI (Artificial intelligence).

Focus on our films and audiovisual tax credit

This tax credit applies to production outlays on shooting and producing feature films, television series, documentaries and animated films. In 2016, it encouraged many French and foreign film shoots to relocate to France. One prime example of a shoot moving to Hauts-de-France was Christopher Nolan’s award-winning Dunkirk. Fast facts:

  • More filming days: +11% in 2016
  • Explosion in cartoon production
  • 40% increase in spending in France—an extra €500 million in a total of €1.76 billion
  • 15,000 intermittent jobs created

Focus on our new video game tax credit

Our region was the first in France to set up a tax credit fund especially for video games, with an annual budget of €600,000. The initiators say their aim was to “help boost video game companies in Hauts-de-France, since they operate in a competitive global market.” A panel of experts selects winning projects and allocates funding:

  • Support for a prototype (up to €50,000 per project)
  • Support for production (up to €200,000 per project)

Ready-to-use expansion solutions
for your project

Depending on your needs and the nature of your project, benefit from a wide variety of solutions in Hauts-de-France. Favourable policies for creative industries enabled the creation of infrastructures dedicated to supporting the development of said sectors in Hauts-de-France, espcially in the following sectors: audiovisual, content creation, video games. We have chosen to highlight 7 sites which will allow you to grow in France in the best conditions possible.

La plaine images

Located on a former 5ha industrial site exceptionnally rehabilitated, Plaine Images is the european hub dedicated to creative industries: audiovisual, game, musictech, edtech, image, animation, event and marketing.
In the heart of Europe, this complete ecosystem gathers 140 companies, 1 800 people, 3 international schools (ArtFX, Pôle 3D and le Fresnoy, National Studio for Contemporary Arts), 1 incubator, 1accelerator, film and sound studios, a playtest laboratory… Its strenght : create synergies and foster the expansion of companies!

The Visual Sciences and Culture Program

The CSV program is dedicated to research and innovation transfer in the fields of image and visual technologies for the needs of companies and researchers.

TORE (The Open Reality Experience)

With The Open Reality Experience, enter in a virtual reality device unique in the world . The screen is curved in all its dimensions and has no edges. 3D environments are explored without visual interruption, on 180° and at a substancially constant distance from the user!


THE place to go for IT companies in France­—and also the largest incubator in Europe. Euratechnologies is the perfect place for digital companies of all types, from hardware and software to any company dealing with technology. Choosing Euratechnologies for your company brings major competitive benefits:

  • extensive R&D capacity
  • strong synergies with other businesses on site
  • partnership and support from Euratech teams

New international companies qualify for soft landing solutions, including two months of free test marketing (renewable once). Located in the heart of the Lille region, Euratechnologies has over 300 companies and 4,000 employees in its original building. The cluster adopted a smart spin-off strategy to be as close to consumers as possible and cover more areas within each sector:

  • Blanchemaille for e-commerce
  • AgTech for smart farming
  • FALC for fintech, Insurtech, legaltech and cybersecurity
  • An incubator in Saint Quentin for robotics and Industry 4.0

La serre numérique

Serre Numérique is a center of excellence in Valenciennes devoted to digital arts, including video games, animation and design. The center offers residents a vibrant ecosystem and a first-rate 17,000 sq m work environment, all under one roof. Facilities currently include:

  • Rubika Group’s three world-class educational institutions: Rubika Animation, Rubika Video Game and Rubika are talent pools for direct hires and sources of synergies in product development
  • a 3,000 sq m corporate space for incubators and accelerators
  • an applied research and technology transfer center



Arenberg Creative Mine

Arenberg Creative Mine is a renovated mining site serving audiovisual projects. It offers users:

  • a location for film shoots
  • a business center
  • a film studio with high-tech equipment



Located at the Arenberg site since October 2015, the DeVisu research lab (Urban and Visual Design) at Université Polytechnic Hauts-de-France (formerly UVHC) offers users unparalleled working conditions:

  • a multipurpose projection room
  • cutting-edge equipment to create innovative prototypes and assess them with test groups
  • a television studio
  • a test center equipped with a cyclorama backdrop for shoots
  • editing and grading suites
  • modular on-site office space ranging from 18 sq m to 350 sq m in size


Louvre Lens Vallée

Louvre Lens Vallée offers a unique incubator that promotes entrepreneurship by creating a bridge between the region and the Louvre-Lens Museum. This cultural business incubator is an ideal home for digital culture innovation projects, offering entrepreneurs scope for pushing back boundaries and sources of inspiration. What can Louvre Lens Vallée offer you?

  • a 6-step corporate support program, from initial assessment to expansion abroad
  • a project incubator/accelerator
  • 146 sq m of prototyping and testing space



In the very heart of Amiens, the 3,000 sq m Quai de l’Innovation helps startups launch innovative projects. International companies eager to harness the energy percolating through Amiens’ business scene and R&D sector can sign up for the unit’s assistance program, and use its accelerator to identify the best growth strategy for their business.


Saint-Quentin, located midway between Lille and Paris, has developed a business accelerator called Créatis—a top-notch facility hosting innovative companies operating in digital, cloud computing and business services. Euratechnologies, too, has opened a business incubator and startup accelerator in this space. It specializes in robotics and industry 4.0.

Find your future employees
at our top-notch schools!

Alumni of our world-class educational institutions specializing in creative fields are nothing less than exceptional. They’ve been trained by the best and their talent is always in high demand. But training does not stop at graduation—these same schools also offer continuing professional development courses to cultivate the wealth of skills and expertise in the region.


Offering the right kind of training—and a lot of it—is essential to grow the visual content sector’s network in the region, especially since this sector appeals to young people. And it explains why we have 7,800 students taking specialized courses at 25 schools of higher education.

Region’s 160 regional audiovisual training courses

Suppport for your project
by specialized centers

These centers and association’s role is to bring people together, encourage strategic relationships and help bring ground-breaking projects to life. They also showcase creative industries on international markets. Over the years, our commitment to support the audiovisual and film industries in Hauts-de-France has grown. We have stepped up our aid to all forms and genres through seven dedicated funds:

  • Film and TV – Short films – Documentaries
  • Video games
  • Nouveaux Médias
  • Nonprofit animation and creation (using development funds from Emergence)
  • Regional Film Commission, one-on-one support and programs

In Hauts-de-France, we drive growth in the region—and in France as a whole—by making resources available to creative talents.


Pictanovo is an association focused on:

  • Fostering talent
  • Creating film and audiovisual content
  • Identify innovation and breakthroughs in the creative industry

Mission: foster cooperation between main stakeholders in digital arts, including companies, educational institutions and research platforms. Pictanovo brings together three centers of excellence: Plaine Images, Serre Numérique and Arenberg Creative Mine. Together they house 200 companies, 22 research teams and 9 trade associations. Pictanovo provides financial support for writing, developing and/or producing feature films, series and short films, acting as co-producer for many projects. The fund is co-financed by France’s national center for film and animation (Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée).


Game IN is an association founded in 2009 by regional video game professionals including development studios, publishers, distributors, accessory manufacturers, educational institutions and specialized service providers. Members focus on:

  • Providing professional training
  • Contributing expert guidance
  • Developing exports
  • Monitoring and passing on information
  • Creating tools, including the playtest Play in lab.

They organize a wide variety of events ranging from trade days to meetings, happy hours and even Game Camp, a huge annual gathering of French video game professionals in Lille.

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NORANIM is a trade association for animators in northern France. Membership currently includes 24 organizations ranging from production companies to design studios, educational institutions and educators working in visual arts and broadcasting. The association promotes the industry throughout Europe, helps members move into export markets, and encourages innovative partnerships. It welcomes members in six areas:

  • Producers
  • Studios
  • Schools and training programs
  • Visual arts and broadcasting
  • Technicians
  • Writer
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RA’pro is an association set up to promote the development and use of augmented reality by businesses, institutions and individuals in France. To do so, it organizes events and builds partnerships with companies to show them how they can reap the benefits of augmented reality.

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