China and New Zealand develop film cooperation

23 February 2012 19 h 10 min Comments Off

The 2 countries are developing intiatives to increase their film cooperation.

. Earlier this year, children’s entertainment company, Pukeko Pictures announced an agreement with parties in China to explore developing a film based on the company’s internationally successful television show The WotWots. As part of this initiative, the delegation will comprise the key financiers, distributors and co-production partners involved with the project.

. At the invitation of children’s entertainment company, Pukeko Pictures, a delegation of nine senior executives from China’s Guandong Zhujiang Film and Media Corporation, SASA Cinema, Guangzhou Exchange Services Group, Asian Road Club and Grand Entertainment are visiting New Zealand this week.

The delegation which will meet local film makers and authorities, will be co-hosted by the New Zealand Film Commission, Film New Zealand, Grow Wellington, Pukeko Pictures, Film Auckland and Film Otago Southland.

. Two weeks ago, Michael Brook, Executive Manager at Film Auckland, announced that the China Film Co-production Corporation has issued an invitation for all NZ film makers to pitch their film projects by 9 March. Selected projects will be announced on March 23, and the successful film makers will attend the pitch-and-catch process at a Forum during the Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) in April 2012. Owners of the selected projects will be invited to participate in individual meetings during the Beijing International Film Festival Film Market at China’s National Convention Centre.

A Film Co-Production Agreement was signed between New Zealand’s Ministry for Culture and Heritage and China’s Administration for Radio, Film and Television in July 2010. The Agreement will enable approved joint film projects to gain official co-production status. This status gives co-production film makers access to funding and incentives in line with those available for national films in each country.

At the time of signing the Agreement, Prime Minister John Key said: “The China film market offers considerable potential and there are significant benefits in being an early mover here. This agreement will offer greater certainty to investors looking to fund New Zealand-China film co-productions.”

SOURCES: (22/02/12)


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