Notice concerning Further Strengthening and Improving News Documentary and Science Education Film Work Distribution and Screening Work (Excerpts)

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I, All localities’ film screening work units are required to engage in news documentary and science education film distribution and screening work again. When film distribution departments arrange feature films for all kinds of screening work units, they shall arrange documentary films and science education films as well. For all 35mm feature films under ten reels, supplementary screening of documentary films and science education films shall be arranged, but the duration of urban cinema’s cinema screenings should not exceed two hours.

II, 35mm films containing documentaries, science education films or fine art films of five reels or more, should not be arranged in supplementary screenings, but screening work units may organize special screenings. Urban cinemas and rural screening teams’ annual special screening of short films should not be lower than about 10 percent of the total screening numbers.

III, In all large and mid-size cities, attention must be paid to rapidly restoring special cinemas for news, science education and other such short films. Attention must be paid to strengthening propaganda, strengthening experience and improving screening organization work.

IV, The proportion of screening income from documentaries and science education films is to be adjusted, and all efforts are to be undertaken to ensure that cinemas do not suffer losses through screening more documentaries and science education films. At present, screening income divisions in all localities are not uniform. In the future, where cinemas screening news documentaries and science education films, the screening income of the cinema may be adjusted upwards to sixty to eighty per cent.

V, It is suggested that all localities’ labour unions, Communist Youth Leagues and television stations organize more screenings and broadcasts of news documentaries and scientific education films.

文化部关于进一步加强和改进新闻纪录、科教片发行放映工作的通知(节录)
一、要求各地电影放映单位都要重视新闻纪录片和科学教育片的宣传放映工作。电影发行部门在给各类放映单位排映故事片时,应同时安排纪录片和科教片。凡十本以内的35毫米故事片,均应安排加映纪录片或科教片,但城市电影院每场电影的放映时间,以不超过二小时为宜。
二、35毫米五本以上不宜做加片映出的纪录片、科教片和美术片,放映单位可组织专场映出。城市电影院和农村放映队每年放映的短片专场,应不低于放映总场次的百分之十左右。
三、各大中城市,要注意迅速恢复新闻、科教等短片专业影院。注意加强宣传,总结经验,改进放映组织工作。
四、调整纪录片、科教片放映收入的分成比例,尽量不让电影院多放纪录、科教片而发生亏损。目前各地放映收入分成不统一。今后影院放映新闻纪录、科教片的专场,其放映收入院方成可调高至百分之六十至八十。
五、建议各地工会、共青团和电视台,多组织放映和播放新闻纪录片和科学教育片。

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