Headlines from China: Recap of the Online-Released Films in the First Half of 2020

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At a time when exhibitors are waiting for theater reopening, many films have turned to streaming websites and online release to make the best out of the current situation. According to statistics, the (online) box office income split grossed by all online-released films in the first season of 2020 has amounted to almost 500 million yuan in total. Read More

Bilibili Fined $8,500 Over Copyright Violations

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The video-streaming site was sued for failing to take action against a user who had uploaded audio from the 2018 hit film “Dying to Survive.” Read More

Headlines from China: 14th FIRST International Film Festival Announces Main Competition Nominations

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On Monday, the much-anticipated 14th FIRST International Film Festival announced the list of 2020 nominations for its main competition. Since the submission portal opened last December,  the festival has received a total of 895 applications, which was narrowed down to 643 valid applications after the pre-selection, including 100 feature films, 73 documentaries, and 470 short films. Read More

Headlines from China: Global Film Industry’s Reopening Postponed Again

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Out of an abundance of concerns amid the second spike in COVID-19 cases, Hollywood has decided to postpone again the theatrical release of the much-anticipated ‘Mulan’ and ‘Tenet’ until August 21st and August 12th respectively. Read More

Kuaishou to Build Livestreaming E-Commerce Base in Chengdu

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TikTok rival Kuaishou on Wednesday said that it will invest 3 billion yuan ($424 million) to build a livestreaming e-commerce base in the western Chinese city of Chengdu, the latest sign that the video-sharing platform is increasing its bet on a sector that has taken off during the Covid-19 pandemic. Read More

Headlines from China: The One International Women’s Film Festival Opens “Work in Progress” Unit, Calls for Entries

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The One International Women’s Film Festival is the first and only women-themed film festival officially approved by Chinese government. Held in Chengdu, China in September every year, ONEIWFF supports independent female filmmakers and focuses on women’s topics and development of feminism. Read More

Headlines from China: Coloroom Pictures’ CEO Left Position to Become CEO of October Media

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Yi Qiao, the CEO of Coloroom Pictures, is leaving the company for another executive position at October Media—the animation studio behind the 2018 groundbreaking 3D animation film “Monkey King: Hero Is Back”. Read More

China Limits Indoor Entertainment Like Karaoke as Second Wave of Covid-19 Strikes

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On Monday, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism modified guidelines for reopening China’s entertainment venues including theaters, nightclubs, cybercafes and karaoke lounges. Read More

Apple to Take Down Thousands of Games Without Government License from Chinese App Store

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Apple will reportedly start kicking unlicensed mobile games off its Chinese App Store next month, a move that will end the practice of allowing developers to sell games on the platform while they were awaiting government approval. Read More

Headlines from China: 2020’s Film Industry Begins With FIRST International Film Festival?

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For many young Chinese filmmakers, 2020 is a time fraught with difficulties and frustrations. Amidst all the uncertainties, FIRST International Film Festival shines a beam of light into the industry troubled by the continuing theater shutdown. Read More