Regulations Concerning Implementing Film Distribution and Screening Permits and Annual Examination Systems

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25 January 1995

Ministry of Radio, Film and Televisions

 

Article 1: In order to strengthen film market management, guarantee lawful operation, promote the healthy development of film undertakings, stimulate the construction of a socialist spiritual civilization, according to the Central Committee Secretariat and State Council Secretariat (Notice Concerning Strengthening and Improving the Books, Periodicals, Film and Audiovisual Market Management (CCS No. [1994]19), these Regulations are formulated.

 

Article 2: The State implements a permit and annual examination registration system for film distribution and screening (including film screening in new methods such as ball screens, round screens, movement, etc., similar hereafter) work units. All work units engaging in film distribution and screening works must conduct permit and annual examination registrations according to these Regulations.

 

Article 3: The Ministry of Radio, Film and Television is the administrative controlling authority for film distribution and screening permit issue and annual examination nationwide, and is concretely responsible for issuing film distribution permits to and annual examination of its directly subordinate work units and interprovincial distribution work units; all provincial, autonomous region, municipal and plan-listed city government film management entities according to State regulations, are responsible for issuing permits and conducting annual examination over film distribution work units in their jurisdiction; all levels’ government film management entities according to State regulations are responsible for issuing screening permits and conducting annual examination of film screening work units in their jurisdiction.

 

Article 4: All film distribution and screening work units shall within three months of the promulgation of these Regulations, apply for film distribution and screening permits. All provincial, autonomous region, municipal and plan-listed city government film management entities shall issue a distribution permit identical to the business scope of the business licence to film distribution work units established before 1993 that have an industry and commerce business licence; all levels’ administrative film management shall issue a film screening permit  identical to the business scope of the business licence to film screening work units established before 1993 that have an industry and commerce business licence; for applications for a film distribution permit of a regional nature across prefectures and cities, or county administrative areas, or of a provincial nature, the provincial-level government administrative film management entity decides on the issue of a permit on the basis of State regulations and the commercial reputation and business capacity of the applying work unit; for distribution organs established or applied for establishment after 1993  by recomposition between sector internal distribution and screening enterprises,  provincial-level government administrative film management entity decides on the issue of a permit on the basis of State regulations and the commercial reputation and business capacity of the applying work unit; for screening work units established or applied for establishment after 1993, all levels’ government administrative film management organ decides on the issue of a permit on the basis of State regulations and the requirements of relevant technological standards; establishment of army (including armed police) system film distribution and screening organs, and distribution organs outside of the film sector shall still be handled according to the relevant spirit of Ministry of Radio, Film and Television documents No. [1993]3 and No. [1993]320.

 

Article 5: Film studios (companies) films not produced by themselves shall be issued with a distribution permit by the Ministry of Radio, Film and Television Film Bureau.

 

Article 6: A system of one examination per year is implemented for film distribution and screening permits.

 

Article 7: For film distribution and screening work units applying for annual permit examination, all levels’ government administrative film management organs according to these Regulations, approve annual examination registrations of those conforming to the following conditions.

(1) Implementing general and specific Party and State policies related to film work, abiding by laws and regulations;

(2) according to regulations, timely and accurately reporting all statistical data relevant to film distribution and screening to the government management entity;

(3) according to relevant regulations, turning over State film development special funds;

(4) distributed and screened films must be films to which the Ministry of Radio, Film and Television Film Bureau issued a screening permit;

(5) work units distributing and screening films must have distribution and screening rights for the films they distribute and screen;

(6) every year, distribution and screening of focus films may not be less than the statutory quantity determined by the State management entity (except for specialist new film screening method work units such as ball screen, round screen, movement, etc.).

 

Article 8: The Ministry of Radio, Film and Televisi;on conducts confirmation and issue of State focus films every year.

 

Article 9: The annual film distribution and screening permit examination time is every December.

 

Article 10: All those applying for a film distribution and screening permit annual examination, must submit relevant written materials according to the provisions of Article 7 of these Regulations. Film distribution and screening permit annual examination management organs shall within 15 days of receiving an annual examination application, conduct examination and verification of the applicant, and make a decision of approval or non-approval, and notify the applicant in writing.

 

Article 11: Applicants for annual examination, if they do not agree with their government film annual examination management organ annual examination result, may apply for reconsideration with the higher-level government film management entity.

 

Article 12: To those violating these Regulations, the relevant administrative film management organ may jointly with the local administrative industry and commerce, and public security entities according to the following items, impose punishment, imposed fines are to be dealt with according to relevant State regulations.

(1) To those violating Article 2, a fine of 10.000 to 100.000 Yuan shall be imposed and their film distribution and screening work shall be stopped;

(2) to those violating Article 5, a fine of 10.000 to 100.000 Yuan shall be imposed;

(3) of those violating items (1) and (4) of Article 7, the film distribution and screening permit shall be cancelled and their legal representatives and directly responsible persons shall be subject to administrative punishment;

(4) to those violating items (2), (3) and (5) of Article 7, a fine of 10.000 to 100.000 Yuan shall be imposed and they shall be ordered to rectify and reform within a specified time; to those after rectification and reform violating again, a fine of 100.000 to 500.000 Yuan shall be imposed and their film distribution and screening licence will be revoked.

 

Article 13: Work units of which the distribution and screening permit has been revoked may not re-apply within one year.

 

Article 14: Where parties do not agree with an administrative film management organ administrative punishment decision they may, according to relevant State regulations, raise administrative reconsideration or administrative litigation. Where parties do not apply for reconsideration within the statutory time limit and also do not raise litigation with the People’s Courts, and also do not implement the punishment decision, the organ that made the punishment decision shall apply to the People’s Courts for coercive implementation.

 

Article 15: Interpretation of these Regulations is the responsibility of the Ministry of Radio, Film and Television Film Bureau.

 

Article 16: These Regulations take effect on 1 February 1995.

关于实行电影发行放映许可证及年检制度的规定

1995年1月25日,广电部

第一条 为了加强电影市场的管理,保障合法经营,推动电影事业的健康发展,促进社会主义精神文明建设,根据中央办公厅、国务院办公厅《关于加强和改进书报刊影视音像市场管理的通知》(中办发〔1994〕19号),特制订本规定。
第二条 国家对电影发行、放映(含球幕、环幕、动感等新形式电影放映,下同)单位实行许可证及年检登记制度。凡从事电影发行、放映业务的单位都必须按本规定办理许可证及年度核检登记。
第三条 广播电影电视部是全国电影发行、放映许可证发放和年检的行政主管部门,并具体负责其直属单位及跨省级发行单位电影发行许可证的发放和年检;各省、自治区、直辖市、计划单列市政府电影管理部门根据国家规定负责对所辖区域内的电影发行单位发放发行许可证并进行年检;各级政府电影管理部门根据国家规定负责对所辖区域内的电影放映单位发放放映许可证并进行年检。
第四条 各电影发行放映单位应在本规定发布之日起三个月内申办电影发行、放映许可证。各省、自治区、直辖市、计划单列市政府电影管理部门对1993年以前成立的有工商营业执照的电影发行单位,应发给其与营业执照的经营范围一致的发行许可证;各级政府电影管理部门对1993年以前成立的有工商营业执照的电影放映单位,应发给其与营业执照的经营范围一致的放映许可证;申办跨地(州)、市、县(区)行政区划的区域性或全省性的电影发行许可证,由省级政府电影管理部门根据国家规定和申办单位的商业信誉及经营能力决定许可证的发放,对1993年以后行业内部发行放映企业之间重新组合成立的或申办成立的发行机构,由省级政府电影管理部门根据国家规定及申办单位的商业信誉和经营能力决定其许可证的发放; 对于1993年以后成立的或申办成立的放映单位, 由各级政府电影管理部门根据国家规定及有关的技术标准和要求决定其许可证的发放;部队(含武警)系统的影片发行放映及电影行业以外的发行机构的成立仍按广播电影电视部〔1993〕3号和〔1993〕320号文件的有关精神办理。
第五条 电影制片厂(公司)发行非自产影片应由广播电影电视部电影局发放发行许可证。
第六条 电影发行、放映许可证实行一年一检制。
第七条 电影发行、放映单位申请许可证年检,各级政府电影管理部门依照本规定,对符合下列条件者,核准其年检登记。
(一)贯彻执行党和国家有关电影工作的方针、政策、遵守法律和法规;
(二)按规定及时准确地向政府管理部门上报有关电影发行放映的各项统计数据;
(三)依照有关规定上缴国家电影发展专项资金;
(四)发行放映的影片必须是经广播电影电视部电影局颁发上映许可证的影片;
(五)发行放映影片的单位必须拥有所发行放映影片的发行放映权;
(六)每年必须发行放映不少于规定数量的国家主管部门确认的重点影片(专业性球幕、环幕、动感等新形式电影放映单位除外)。
第八条 广播电影电视部每年对国家重点影片进行确认和发布。
第九条 电影发行、放映许可证年检时间为每年的十二月。
第十条 凡申请电影发行放映许可证年检者,须依据本规定第七条提交有关书面材料。电影发行、放映许可证年检管理机关应当在收到年检申请15日内,对申请者进行审核,作出核准、不核准的决定,并书面通知申请者。
第十一条 申请年检者如对其政府电影年检管理机关的年检结果不服,可向上级政府电影主管部门申请复议。
第十二条 对违反本规定者,有关电影行政管理机关可以会同当地工商行政管理、公安部门依据如下条款进行处罚,所罚款项按国家有关规定处理。
(一)对违反第二条者,应处以1-10万元罚款并停止其电影发行、放映业务;
(二)对违反第五条者,应处以1-10万元罚款;
(三)对违反第七条第(一)、(四)项者,应吊销其电影发行、放映许可证并对法人代表及直接责任人给予行政处分;
(四)对违反第七条第(二)、(三)、(五)、(六)项者,应处以1-10万元罚款并限期整改;限制整改后再次违反者应处以10-50万元罚款并吊销其电影发行、放映许可证。
第十三条 被吊销发行、放映许可证的单位一年之内不得重新提出申请。
第十四条 当事人对电影行政管理机关的行政处罚决定不服,可以依照国家有关规定提起行政复议和行政诉讼。当事人在规定的期限内不申请复议,也不向人民法院提起诉讼,又不履行处罚决定的,由作出处罚决定的机关申请人民法院强制执行。
第十五条 本规定由广播电影电视部电影局负责解释。
第十六条 本规定自一九九五年二月一日起实施。

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