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China-International Film Co-production Handbook 2014 (English)

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Ⅰ. Definition and Types of Co-Produced Films

Film co-productions fall into three categories:co-produced, assisted and entrusted.

A Co-Produced Film is a film shot by a China-based film producer and a foreign producer that features joint investments (including funding, labor and materials, joint filming, and joint sharing of both benefits and risks. Such films are subject to preferential policies that are typically applied to domestic Chinese films within the Chinese marketplace.

An Assisted Film is a foreign-invested film that is produced in a China setting. The Chinese partner assists a foreign producer in providing settings or filming locations, facilities and labor at the cost of the foreign producer, but will not own the copyrights as an assisting party. The assisted film must go through import formalities as an imported film and is not subject to the preferential policies typically applied to domestic Chinese films.

An Entrusted Film is a film in which a foreign party has fully entrusted a Chinese party to produce according to specified content and technical requirements. The Chinese party completes all work at the expense of the foreign party, but will not own the copyrights. A film of this type is thoroughly considered an import entering the domestic market and is not subject to the preferential policies typically applied to domestic Chinese films.

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