Denmark has become the first Nordic nation to sign a co-production film agreement with China.
The agreement between the two countries gives film projects access to national film support and the countries’ theatrical markets. This means that a Chinese film can apply for funding from the Danish Film Institute and that Danish films co-produced with Chinese partners will not be subject to the Chinese import quota of max. 38 foreign films a year, but instead will be on the same footing as Chinese films and have the same access to the large Chinese film market.
Several Danish film players already have partnerships with China. TrustNordisk and Copenhagen Bombay have ongoing development projects, and LevelK has opened an office in Hong. Danish director Bille August is ready with a Chinese feature film about World War II, titled The Chinese Window.
Image: Representing the Danish-Chinese film delegation in Beijing: Bo Østergaard (VD, Danish Cultural Center in Bejing), Henrik Bo Nielsen (CEO, Danish Film Institute), Guoqui Li (Deputy Director General, SAPPRFT), Susan Xu (Vice President, China Film Co-production Corporation) and Chun Liu (Division of International Cooperation, SAPPRFT). (Image via DFI)