Major Support for China-New Zealand Screen Collaboration

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

The New Zealand Film Commission Announces Major Support for China-New Zealand Screen Collaboration

新西兰电影委员会大力支持 中国-新西兰影视合作

 

The New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) today welcomed the signing of the New Zealand-China Television Co-Production Agreement and announced two initiatives to further support feature film and television collaboration between the two countries. 

Signed in Wellington by State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People's Republic of China (SAPPRFT) Minister, Hon Cai Fuchao and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Hon Maggie Barry ONZM, this is the first television co-production agreement China has signed with another country. 

The treaty complements the existing New Zealand-China Film Co-Production Agreement, signed in 2010.  Co-production status enables filmmakers to access funding and incentives programmes in each country and also means the project is regarded as a national film/TV series of each country.

To assist filmmakers to develop feature film projects with China the NZFC has established a dedicated NZ$1million China Co-Production Production fund for investment in the production of one or more official feature film co-productions with China.  The fund builds on the China Co-Production Development fund established earlier this year.

Announcing the fund, NZFC CEO Dave Gibson said a delegation of senior New Zealand screen sector professionals, including China-focused producers and regional film office representatives, will travel to Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing at the end of the month. 

“China played a huge role in my former life as an independent producer and I kept this a major priority when I joined the NZFC.   The timing of the delegation to China with the signing of the television treaty and the introduction of the feature film co-production production fund is incredibly significant and will have a strong impact on our filmmakers working with China.”

NHNZ is one of the companies participating in the delegation.  General Manager, John Crawford says, “We’ve been collaborating with China for decades but haven’t had access to all the benefits that treaty-based co-production brings until now.  We’re really excited to see NHNZ’s relationship with China deepen – the launch of the feature film co-production fund and the delegation’s visit next month really couldn’t be better timed for us.”

Further details of the China Co-Production Production Fund will be available on the NZFC website shortly.

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NEW ZEALAND FILM COMMISSION

The New Zealand Film Commission invests in original and culturally significant films, encourages talented New Zealand filmmakers through developing career pathways and facilitating connections offshore, and works to increase the number of people seeing New Zealand films here and overseas.  It supports the growth of economic activity and helps ensure New Zealand has sustainable screen sector businesses operating within an internationally competitive screen sector.  The NZFC also helps negotiate co-production treaties and certifies co-productions and New Zealand films for tax purposes. www.nzfilm.co.nz

NHNZ

NHNZ is a major global documentary producer with a 15 year history of successfully working in China with long-standing co-production partners such as CCTV and CICC. It creates original factual content for Discovery Channels, Animal Planet, A&E Television Networks, Smithsonian Channel, National Geographic Channels, NHK, France Television and CCTV.  Highly regarded for its 35-year-plus natural history heritage, NHNZ has had success across the board with factual shows like L.A Frock Stars for the Smithsonian Channel and I Survived… for A&E.  The company’s storytelling prowess has been recognised with more than 250 international awards including Emmy awards and the prestigious Wildscreen Panda.  In addition to its one stop hub in Dunedin, New Zealand, NHNZ has offices in Beijing and Washington DC.  John works closely with the company’s many valued co-production and business partners in China and worldwide and has extensive experience in structuring and negotiating international co-productions.  John is also a Board member of Film New Zealand, the country’s film locations office providing information, introductions and support to filmmakers both internationally and locally.

Contacts:

For NZFC – Jasmin McSweeney / [email protected] / Cell: +64 21 630 368

For NHNZ – John Crawford / [email protected] / Cell +64 21 474 417

 

Chinese language version follows.

 

新西兰电影委员会于今天(11月20日)对新西兰-中国电视联合制作协议的签署表示热烈欢迎,并宣布了两项举措以进一步支持两国开展影视合作。

新西兰-中国电视联合制作协议是由中国国家新闻出版广电总局局长蔡赴朝和新西兰文化、艺术及遗产部部长Maggie Barry(新西兰国家荣誉勋章获得者)共同在新西兰首都惠灵顿签署的。 该协议是中国首次与其他国家签署的电视联合制作协议。

这一协议是对2010年两国签署的新西兰-中国电影联合制作协议的积极补充。新中在影视领域开展合作让电影制作人能够获得国家的资助和奖励,双方共同制作的影视作品可作为各国的电影电视节目。

为支持新西兰电影制作人同中方合作伙伴共同开发制作影片,新西兰电影委员会成立了一百万新元的中国联合制作生产基金,用于对与中方正式联合制作的一部或多部影片进行投资。该基金是在今年早些时候设立的中国联合制作发展基金的基础上建立的。

新西兰电影委员会首席执行官Dave Gibson宣布了成立中国联合制作生产基金这一消息。他还表示,新西兰影视行业的高级代表团将于本月底访问中国的广州、上海和北京,代表团中包括了一些对中国怀有高度兴趣的制片人和各地区影视机构的代表。

首席执行官Dave Gibson还表示,“此前,我一直做独立制片人,中国在我的职业生涯中发挥着重要作用。我加入新西兰电影委员会之后,仍把中国作为我优先关注的领域。代表团访华恰逢两国电视联合制作协议签署以及电影联合制作生产基金成立,这是一个举足轻重的时刻,对我们这些一直开展对华合作的电影制作人将产生深远影响。”

新西兰自然历史公司是参加代表团的公司之一。公司总经理John Crawford 说,“几十年来,我们一直同中国开展合作,而未来两国基于协议而进行的联合制作将会为我们带来更大的好处。新西兰自然历史公司与中国的合作进一步深化,这让我们十分兴奋。电影联合制作生产基金的成立以及代表团下个月访华对我们来说是最好不过的时机。”

更多有关中国联合制作生产基金的内容将于不久后在新西兰电影委员会网站上公布。

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新西兰电影委员会

新西兰电影委员会投资独创性、有文化内涵的影片,鼓励有才华的新西兰电影制作人在职业上不断发展,帮助他们建立海外联系,致力于让更多的国内国外观众看到新西兰出品的电影。委员会为新西兰经济发展,为确保新西兰影视业可以在竞争激烈的国际大环境下可持续发展,贡献力量。委员会参与联合制作协议的谈判,为联合制作影视产品和新西兰电影制作颁发许可证,管理电影制片的征税。                     (网址:www.nzfilm.co.nz

新西兰自然历史公司

新西兰自然历史公司(NHNZ)是一家大型的国际性纪录片制作公司,有着15年成功的中国发展业绩,并且与中国中央电视台 (CCTV) 和中视国际传媒公司(CICC)保持着长期稳定地合作关系。NHNZ公司还为探索频道、A&E 电视网、史密森频道、国家地理频道、日本NHK电视台、和中国中央电视台制作原创纪实片。凭借在本行业35年之多的自然历史传承,NHNZ成功地推出了大量的写实节目诸如为史密森频道制作的《拉佛拉克之星》和为日本NHK电视台制作的《我的幸存》等。 

该公司影视故事叙事的专长获得过250多项国际奖,其中包括艾米奖和久负盛名的自然荧幕熊猫奖。该公司除了在新西兰但尼丁有办公室之外,还在北京和华盛顿设有办事处。

公司总经理John Crawford 与许多重要的中国乃至全球联合制作合伙人和商业伙伴保持着密切的工作关系,并且在国际联合制作方面有着丰富的策划以及谈判经验。John也是新西兰国家电影办公室“电影新西兰”的董事会成员,该机构向本土以及全球电影制作人提供信息介绍和支持。

联系人: 

新西兰电影委员会 – Jasmin McSweeney / 邮箱: [email protected] /手机: +64 21 630 368

新西兰自然历史公司 –  John Crawford  / 邮箱: [email protected]/ 手机: +64 21 474 417