The UK government’s culture secretary Sajid Javad today announced that the co-production treaty between the UK and China has been formally ratified.

Javid made the announcement while attending at the GREAT Festival of Creativity in Shanghai, China alongside Miao Xiaotian, president of the China Film Co-production Corporation.

The deal, negotiated by the British Film Institute (BFI) and China’s Film Bureau and China Film Co-production Corporation, with support from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and UK Trade & Investment in Beijing, was co-signed by Mr. Tong Gang, Vice Minister of SARFT.

It allows qualifying co-productions to access public funding, including potentially UK film tax relief and access to the BFI Film Fund. Eligible co-productions will also be exempted from China’s quota on foreign films,  UK films wider and better access to Chinese audiences.

The UK has co-production treaties with Australia, Canada, France, India, Israel, Jamaica, Morocco, New Zealand, the Occupied Palestinian Territories and South Africa.