The competent government body for film in China is Film Bureau of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television. Regulations for Film Administration, issued by the State Council of the People's Republic of China, serves as major guidelines for the development of the film industry and the administration of the cinema as well.
Chinese government has issued policies such as Guidelines on Promoting the Development of Film Industry, Development Program for Film Digitalization, Regulations on the Administration of Sino-Foreign Film Co-production, Interim Regulations on Foreign Investment in Cinema, etc. to promote the development of China's film industry and Sino-foreign film cooperation, The policies are mainly about:
1.Encouraging co- productions between Chinese filmmakers and foreign partners on the territory Mainland China in joint, assisted or entrusted ways, co- production films by joint efforts between Chinese and foreign partners are treated as national films in China, free of import quota, and share the same opportunity for Chinese domestic film awards, including Huabiao Award (the sole government film award in China), and may receive a premium if awarded.
2.Allowing foreign companies, on the basis of equality and reciprocity and upon the approval of Chinese government, to set up joint ventures to build and/or renovate cinemas, to undertake theatrical exhibition with Chinese partners. The foreign share in the registered capital capital shall be no more than 49%.
3.Encouraging and supporting, under the principle of equality, reciprocity and mutual respect, international film exchanges in various manners, e.g. the organization af film festivals in each other's country, the participation in international film festivals in the other country, and the importation and distribution of the other country's films, etc. The foreign films meant to be theatrically distributed in China shall go through importation procedures at China Film Group Film Import and Export Corporation.
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