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Shanxi Film Festival Aims to Boost Mainland Uptake of Arthouse Cinema

14 Nov 2019

Now in its third year, the Pingyao International Film Festival's focus on lower-budget arthouse cinema from China and around the world makes it somewhat unique among the mainland's ever-growing number...Read More


No Star Turn for Mainland Movie Industry at 2019 Cannes Film Festival

18 June 2019

Following several years when mainland movie makers, money men and distributors had almost taken top billing at the festival, local difficulties and new regulatory arrangements saw them happy to eschew...Read More


Five Measures to Further Facilitate Entry of Hong Kong Movies into Mainland Market

17 April 2019

In a statement issued on 16 April, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government welcomed the five liberalisation measures agreed by relevant Central authorities to further facilitate the ent...Read More


Asian Content Goes Global While Pay TV Seeks Out New Business Model

10 Jan 2019

With Asia-sourced video content suddenly surging and winning over English-language viewers, the only cloud on the horizon at the Asia Television Forum was the fact that young audiences are proving hig...Read More


Indian Cinema Looks to China After Disappointing Streaming Let-Down

19 Dec 2018

With it now widely-accepted that the local and global streaming services are snubbing independent movies in favour of episodic content, a number of unexpected successes in the mainland market are givi...Read More


New Focus at Tokyo Film Festival Sees Hollywood Out of the Picture

20 Nov 2018

Signs that Hollywood and the local film industry have fallen out of love were clearly evident at the Tokyo International Film Festival, with the US now romancing China and Japan, and looking to carry ...Read More


Shadow of #MeToo and Lingering Netflix Row Delivers a Divided Cannes

25 May 2018

With Netflix ousted and the event damned as a haven for sexual predators, the 2018 Cannes Film Festival was never set to be plain sailing, but a helpful distraction came courtesy of Saudi Arabia's dec...Read More


Hong Kong Set for Enhanced Role Under New Mainland Media Regime

12 April 2018

While Hong Kong's film industry may have seemed becalmed during this year's FILMART, there are hopes that legislative changes to the mainland media sector could provide huge opportunities for local co...Read More


Godzilla Celebrations Fail to Mar Monster China-Japan Movie Love-in

22 Nov 2017

Even the presence of Godzilla couldn't spoil the unusually collaborative mood at this year's Tokyo International Film Festival, with Chinese and Japanese filmmakers apparently set to embark on an unpr...Read More


Hong Kong Distributors Flourish While Mainland Moviemakers Struggle

19 June 2017

Despite disappointment at the lack of Chinese films making the cut at this year's Cannes Film Festival, Hong Kong moviemakers were doing brisk business in terms of global sales, while Netflix was prov...Read More


Growth of Mainland Live Streaming Prompts Legislatory Catch-up

13 April 2017

With some 116 live-streaming operators now serving the mainland market, official moves are being made to regulate content, while ensuring that tax obligations are correctly assessed for the growing nu...Read More


Seismic Changes to Mainland Film Market Prove Focus for FILMART 2017

12 April 2017

With a dramatic slowdown in its once astonishing box-office growth rate and changes looming to the official policy on imported movies, it was the state of the mainland film market that preoccupied man...Read More


VOD Services and Concerns Over Chinese Influence Stalk US Film Expo

12 Dec 2016

With video on-demand services seen as both a threat and an opportunity by the independent movie sector, this year's American Film Market saw an industry at a crossroads, with the growing significance ...Read More


Licensees Gear Up with 2017 Tipped to be Wonder Woman's Year

15 July 2016

With her own movie and a 75th anniversary to celebrate, Wonder Woman is being billed as one of the hottest licensed products of the next 12 months, at least according to many of the exhibitors at this...Read More


Netflix Deal Sees Taiwan Content Producers Set to Win Global Audience

14 July 2016

Can Taiwanese drama series leverage on global Netflix exposure to compete with Korea's dominance across Asia?...Read More


Chinese Animation Targets Adult Market in Bid for Greater Profits

8 April 2016

With animated movies now more popular than ever before on the mainland, a number of Chinese film producers are looking to capitalise on this lucrative market by delivering home-grown cartoon features ...Read More


FILMART Truly Comes of Age with its 20th Anniversary Iteration

1 April 2016

Some 20 years since it was first held, the Hong Kong International Film & TV Market (FILMART) is now firmly established as one of the industry's major trading platforms and a crucial nexus for filmmak...Read More


Video Site Youku and Alibaba in E-commerce Tie-up

5 Feb 2016

Online video provider Youku Tudou and ecommerce giant Alibaba’s Baichuan will jointly plough in Rmb1 billion in a start-up accelerator project, allowing content providers to commercialise their conten...Read More


Surge in Online Dramas Marks Latest Shift in Mainland Viewing Habits

1 Sept 2015

Bespoke dramas are now a key element in the programming initiatives of many mainland video streaming platforms....Read More


CEPA 2015 – Free Trade with Guangdong in Cultural and Creative Services

28 May 2015

In achieving basically free trade with Guangdong for Hong Kong services suppliers, the CEPA Subsidiary Agreement adopts a negative-list approach. This stipulates that Hong Kong companies are accorded ...Read More

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