Denmark signs a co-production agreement with China
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- According to the contract, Danish-Chinese co-productions will get easier access to the Chinese theatrical market
Denmark is the first Nordic nation to sign a co-production agreement with China, which happened on Wednesday (3 May) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing during Danish State Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen's official visit to the country. Denmark has similar contracts with France, Canada and New Zealand.
The agreement was negotiated by representatives of China's State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT), the China Film Co-Production Corporation, and the Danish Film Institute. “It will be important to both countries, both financially and culturally – Danish companies will get easier access to the enormous Chinese theatrical market, where even small Danish films can reach quite a large audience,” said the institute's managing director, Henrik Bo Nielsen.
The deal states that a Chinese film can apply for funding from the Danish Film Institute, and a Danish film co-produced with a Chinese company will not be subject to the Chinese import quota (which allows only 38 foreign films to be released in China annually), but will rather be on the same footing as local fare.
It was recently announced that Danish director Kenneth Kainz's family feature The Shamer’s Daughter [+see also:
film profile] (2015) would become the second Danish production to be accepted for Chinese release under the quota, following Kasper Barfoed's The Candidate in 2008. But both Copenhagen's TrustNordisk and Copenhagen Bombay have Danish-Chinese projects in development, and Oscar-winning Danish director Bille August has just finished his first Chinese feature, a World War II love story entitled The Chinese Widow.
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