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China's SARFT Pays Close Attention to Co-produced Films

2012-08-24 13:25:36        Chinese Films

Zhang Pimin. [File Photo]

Zhang Pimin, Deputy Director General of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT), said at a film seminar yesterday in Beijing that the authority is very concerned about what he called "so-called co-productions," with foreign films, the Beijing News reports.

The film seminar was held by Chinese movie channel CCTV-6.

Zhang said the Chinese film industry is now facing both challenges and opportunities. As of June, the total income of domestic film market has soared to 8.072 billion yuan (US$ 1.27 Billion). A growth of 41.7 percent compared to the same period of last year.

In February, Vice President Xi Jinping signed contract with US government to enlarge the import quota from Hollywood. Chinese films were seriously affected because the market was occupied by foreign blockbusters.

Zhang admitted that SARFT has taken some actions to protect domestic films. "The media described it as a protection period or month for Chinese films," he said, "yes, indeed, we need to allow for our own productions."

He continued to say "so-called co-productions" are drawing concern from SARFT because they are attracting funds from the Chinese market to America. "It's horrible to call them co-productions by adding a Chinese actor into the cast of an American film. For one thing, a large amount of capitals flows to foreign markets. And the second thing, our market is seized by those movies."

Zhang warned Chinese filmmakers that they should have a proper understanding of co-productions.

By Chen Nan

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