Provisional Foreign Businesses Investing in Cinema Regulations

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State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation, Ministry of Culture Decree

No. 3

The “Provisional Foreign Businesses Investing in Cinema Regulations” are hereby promulgated, and take effect on the day of promulgation.

State Administration of Radio, Film and Television Director: Xu Guangchun

Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation Minister: Shi Guangsheng

Ministry of Culture Minister: Sun Jiazheng

25 October 2000

Article 1: In order to adapt to the needs of reform and opening up, attract foreign capital, attract advanced technology and equipment, make the film sector of our country prosper, according to laws and regulations such as the “Sino-foreign Equity Joint Venture Enterprise Law of the People’s Republic of China”, the “Sino-foreign Contractual Joint Venture Enterprise Law of the People’s Republic of China”, the “Film Management Regulations” etc., these Regulations are formulated.

Article 2: These regulations apply to establishment of Sino-foreign joint equity, or contractual enterprises (hereafter simply named foreign-invested cinemas) to construct or reform cinemas, and engage in film projection work, by foreign companies, enterprises and other economic groups or individuals (hereafter simply named foreign parties) according to the principle of equality and mutual benefit, approved by the Chinese government, within Chinese territory in cooperation with Chinese companies or enterprises (hereafter simply named Chinese parties).

Article 3: It is not permitted to establish exclusively foreign-invested cinemas.

Article 4: Foreign-invested cinemas shall conform to the following conditions:

(1) conforming to the local cultural facilities’ deployment and planning;

(2) a registered capital of no less than 1,000,000 Yuan;

(3) having fixed business (projection) premises;

(4) Sino-foreign joint equity and contractual joint venture cinemas may not be labelled with the name of foreign film and television (media) or cinema chains;

(5) In Sino-foreign joint equity cinemas, the cooperating Chinese party proportion of the registered capital may not be lower than 51%; in Sino-foreign contractual joint venture cinemas, the cooperating Chinese party shall possess the business initiative;

(6) The duration of joint equity and contractual joint ventures may not exceed 30 years;

(7) conforming to relevant Chinese laws, regulations and related provisions.

Article 5: Where the cooperating Chinese partner participates in the investment with State property (except for cash investment), it shall accord to relevant provisions on State-owned capital evaluation management, evaluation shall be carried out on the State-owned property put in, and it shall undergo confirmation by the provincial-level or higher State-owned property management entity.

Article 6: Foreign-invested cinema establishment approval procedure:

1, a foreign-invested cinema establishment project application letter;

2, the cooperating Chinese partner’s legal person qualification certification materials, materials relevant to film theatre land usage rights, bank creditworthiness certification;

3, the cooperation foreign partner’s qualification certification materials, bank creditworthiness certification, financial situation certification materials provided by a certified accountant agency;

4, a foreign-invested cinema name examination and approval notification letter issued by the administrative industry and commerce entities;

5, a feasibility study report, contract, articles of association;

6, other materials required by laws, regulations and the examining and approving organ to be furnished.

(2) After the provincial-level foreign trade management entity of that locality has sought approval from the provincial-level administrative film management entity, the examination and verification agreement opinions are reported to the State Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation. After the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation has sought opinions from the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television and the Ministry of Culture, according to State regulations and laws relating to foreign investment, it conducts examination and approval, and towards foreign-invested enterprises approved for establishment, a “Foreign-invested Enterprise Approval Certificate” shall be issued.

(3) Foreign-invested cinemas having obtained approval for establishments, shall within one month of issue of the “Foreign-invested Enterprise Approval Certificate” issued by the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation, conduct registration formalities with the State administrative industry and commerce entity.

(4) After completion of the foreign-invested cinema construction or reform work, and passed as qualified by the relevant entities, with the “Foreign-Invested Enterprise Approval Certificate” and the “Business Licence”, apply for a (Film Projection Business Permit” with the provincial-level People’s Government administrative film entity, and may only then engage in film projection work.

Article 7: When already established foreign-invested cinemas change shareholding and investment value, a procedure shall be conducted according to the provisions of Article 6 of these Regulations.

Article 8: Foreign-invested cinemas must observe relevant State laws and regulations, engage in business activities according to the “Film Management Regulations”, accept supervision and management from relevant Chinese government entities, projected film must have a “Public Film Projection Permit” issued by the State Council administrative radio, film and television entity, it is not allowed to project smuggled and pirated films, it is forbidden to engage in commercial videotape, VCD and DVD projection.

Article 9: Foreign invested cinema-related subordinates engaging in any other entertainment business must comply with relevant State provisions.

Article 10: Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Macao Special Administrative Region, and Taiwan area investors investing in construction or reform of cinemas and engaging in projection work in other provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities of China, will be handled with reference to these Regulations.

Article 11: These Regulations take effect on the day of promulgation.

外商投资电影院暂行规定

国家广播电影电视总局、对外贸易经济合作部、文化部令  第 3 号

现发布《外商投资电影院暂行规定》,自发布之日起施行。

国家广播电影电视总局局长 徐光春

对外贸易经济合作部部长 石广生

文化部部长  孙家正

二OOO年十月二十五日

第一条 为适应改革开放的需要,吸收国外资金、引进先进技术和设备,繁荣我国电影事业,根据《中华人民共和国中外合资经营企业法》、《中华人民共和国中外合作经营企业法》、《电影管理条例》等有关法律、法规,制定本规定。

第二条 本规定适用于外国公司、企业和其他经济组织或个人(以下简称合营外方)按照平等互利的原则,经中国政府批准,在中国境内同中国的公司、企业(以下简称合营中方)设立中外合资、合作企业(以下简称外商投资电影院),建设、改造电影院,从事电影放映业务。

第三条 不允许外商独资设立电影院。

第四条 外商投资电影院应当符合以下条件:

(一)符合当地文化设施的布局与规划;

(二)注册资本不少于1000万元人民币;

(三)有固定的营业(放映)场所;

(四)中外合资、合作电影院不得冠以境外影视(媒体)、院线名称;

(五)中外合资电影院,合营中方在注册资本中的投资比例不得低于51%;中外合作电影院,合营中方应拥有经营主导权;

(六)合资、合作期限不超过30年;

(七)符合中国有关法律、法规及有关规定。

第五条 合营中方若以国有资产(现金投资除外)参与投资,应按国有资产评估管理的有关规定,对投入的国有资产进行评估,并经省级以上国有资产管理部门确认。

第六条 设立外商投资电影院报批程序:

1、设立外商投资电影院项目申请书;

2、合营中方的法人资格证明材料,影院土地使用权的有关材料,银行资信证明;

3、合营外方的资格证明材料,银行资信证明,会计师事务所出具的财务状况证明材料;

4、工商行政管理部门出具的外商投资电影院名称预核准通知书;

5、可行性研究报告、合同、章程;

6、法律、法规和审批机构要求提供的其他材料。

(二)所在地省级外经贸主管部门在征得省级电影行政管理部门意见后,将审核同意意见报国家对外贸易经济合作部。对外贸易经济合作部在征得国家广播电影电视总局、文化部的意见后,依照国家有关外商投资的法律、法规进行审批,对批准设立的外商投资企业颁发《外商投资企业批准证书》。

(三)获批准设立的外商投资电影院,应自收到对外贸易经济合作部颁发的《外商投资企业批准证书》之日起一个月内,执《外商投资企业批准证书》到国家工商行政管理部门办理注册登记手续。

(四)外商投资电影院完成建设、改造任务后,经有关部门验收合格,执《外商投资企业批准证书》、《营业执照》,向省级人民政府管理电影的行政部门申领《电影放映经营许可证》,方可从事电影放映业务。

第七条 已设立的外商投资电影院更变股权及投资额时,应按本规定第六条规定的程序办理。

第八条 外商投资电影院必须遵守国家有关法律、法规,依照《电影管理条例》从事经营活动,接受中国政府有关部门的监督和管理,放映的影片必须持有国务院广播电影电视行政部门颁发的《电影片公映许可证》,不准放映走私、盗版电影,不得从事营业性的录像、VCD、DVD的放映。

第九条 外商投资电影院附属从事其他娱乐服务业务要符合国家有关规定。

第十条 香港特别行政区、澳门特别行政区和台湾地区投资者在中国其他省、自治区、直辖市投资建设、改造电影院并从事电影放映业务的,参照本规定执行。

第十一条 本规定自发布之日起施行。

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