Hong Kong actor Philip Keung poses with his wife on the red carpet of the 38th Hong Kong Film Awards in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, April 14, 2019. (EDMOND TANG / CHINA DAILY)
BEIJING - The State Film Administration unveiled on Tuesday new measures to support the further development of Hong Kong and Macao film industries on the mainland.
There would be no quantitative restriction on Hong Kong and Macao people participating in the production of mainland films, and no restrictions on the proportion of actors or on mainland elements in films co-produced by the mainland and Hong Kong and Macao, according to an administration statement.
I hope that the film industry will tap the new measures, while continue to leverage existing advantages, to expand mainland and overseas markets and further promote the brand of "Hong Kong films"
Edward Yau, Hong Kong Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development
The fees for establishing co-production projects will be waived, according to the statement.
Films and film practitioners from Hong Kong will also be allowed to apply for nomination for awards in mainland film festivals.
Furthermore, film companies will be allowed to apply for incentives for distributing and promoting outstanding mainland motion pictures and mainland-Hong Kong co-productions in Hong Kong, Macao and overseas.
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government welcomed the measures.
"Implementation of the measures would further enhance the flexibility of producing mainland-Hong Kong co-productions and reduce relevant production costs," said Edward Yau Tang-wah, the city's Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development.
Yau added that it would encourage Hong Kong film industry to play a more active role in production and promotion of mainland films and co-productions, enhance the reputation and recognition of Hong Kong films in the mainland and provide more opportunities in the mainland for local film industry, thereby furthering the development of film industries in the two places.
"I hope that the film industry will tap the new measures, while continue to leverage existing advantages, to expand mainland and overseas markets and further promote the brand of "Hong Kong films," he added.
He reiterated that the HKSAR government has been committed to developing Hong Kong’s creative industries, including the film industry.
The Hong Kong Film Development Council also welcomed the move, saying it will follow up with the HKSAR government and the industry on implementation details.
Chairman Wilfred Wong said the measures will encourage the Hong Kong film industry to more actively participate in mainland film productions, thereby contributing more to the mainland’s film industry.
Hong Kong has one of the largest and most dynamic film entertainment industries in the world.
Film co-productions between mainland and Hong Kong have been going on for years. In 2017, Hong Kong-mainland co-produced films boasted 7.3 billion yuan in box office receipts, accounting for 13 percent of the mainland’s total.
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