Chinese Government Eases Up On Film & TV Censorship Rules: Reports

In a move that could help reduce red tape for foreign producers, China’s State Administration of Press Publication, Radio, Film and Television says it will excise 20 items from its roster of responsibilities, in effect relaxing some of its notorious censorship rules. Most notable among the cancelled regs is a stipulation that the org must approve film scripts that deal with “general topics.” All films, be they local movies or co-productions, have traditionally been required to submit a full script in order to gain approval for shooting. Now, say local reports, productions with “regular themes” will only be required to submit a synopsis or treatment, rather than a full script. What skews as “regular” or “general” is understood to include works that don’t touch on religion, ethnic groups, foreign affairs and “other special topics,” says industry site FilmBizAsia. (Some filmmakers have called for clarification of the terms.) (more…)

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