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China enacts law to regulate and promote film industry

(People's Daily Online)    15:46, November 08, 2016

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On Nov. 7, China’s top legislature adopted its first law to promote the nation's film industry.

The law enhances the supervision of box office income, ensuring that film distributors and theaters collect and provide accurate data. Misleading tricks, including fraudulent transactions and concealing sales revenue will lead to fines of up to five times the stated illegitimate earnings.

Additionally, the law simplifies approval procedure and strengthens the supervision of script and project approval in order to minimize repetitive themes and maximize creative resources. Yan Xiaohong, deputy general director of China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, confirmed that these reforms have been written into law.

Moreover, the law promotes public film screenings in rural areas. New facilities and services are expected to improve the accessibility of cinema for rural communities. According to the law, relevant authorities should recommend films for inclusion in compulsory education; this will help to narrow the gap between students in rural and urban areas.

Meanwhile, the law regulates show times of domestic films, as well as revenue, funds and taxes that support the development of the domestic film industry. Actors also play a role in the law, designated as role models to convey good social morals and spread positivity.

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