State Administration of Radio, Film and Television Decree
The “Film Script (Outline) Filing, Film Management Regulations” were passed on 3 April 2006 at the Administrative Meeting, are hereby promulgated, and take effect on 22 June 2006.
State Administration of Radio, Film and Television Director: Wang Taihua
22 May 2006
Chapter I: General Provisions
Article 1: In order to standardize and improve film script (outline) filing and film management systems, raise film quality, make film creation flourish, satisfy the broad masses’ spiritual culture needs, move the healthy development of the film sector forwards, according to the “Film Management Regulations”, these Regulations are formulated.
Article 2: The State implements a film script (outline) filing and film examination system. Film scripts (outlines) not having been filed may not be filmed, films not having passed through examination may not be distributed, screened, imported or exported.
Article 3: These Regulations apply to film script (outline) filing, film examination of all sorts of feature films, documentary films, popular science films, cartoons, special subject films (including Sino-foreign coproduced films of all of the above sorts), etc., produced in the territory of the People’s Republic of China and imported film examination.
Article 4: The State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (hereafter simply named SARFT) is responsible for film script (outline) filing and film examination management work.
The SARFT Film Examination Committee and Film Re-examination Committee are responsible for film examination.
Provincial-level administrative radio, film and television entities (hereafter named provincial-level radio, film and television entities) may accept SARFT entrustment after application, to establish film examination organs, to be responsible for a examination work of the part of films shot by work units holding a “Film Shooting Permit” in their administrative areas (hereafter simply named local examination).
Chapter II: Film script (outline) filing
Article 5: Film production work units holding a “Film Shooting Permit” and all sorts of film and television culture work units reregistered with local / city level or higher administration of industry and commerce (hereafter simply named film and television culture work units) shooting films, shall before filming commences, submit a film script (outline) to SARFT or the corresponding provincial-level radio, film and television entities implementing local examination for filing.
In cases of joint filming, one of the work units involved shall conduct filing formalities in advance.
Article 6: For conducting film script (outline) filing formalities, the following materials shall be submitted:
(1) a draft film shooting filing report;
(2) one film plot outline of no less than one thousand characters. For all important film characters and plot details involving content in aspects such as foreign relations, ethnicities, religion, military affairs, public security, judiciary, famous historical persons and famous cultural persons, etc. (hereafter simply named special subject films), a film literature script must be provided in triplicate, and the provincial-level or central and State organs’ corresponding controlling entity’s opinion must be sought;
(3) a film script (outline) copyright agreement (authorization) letter;
(4) film and television culture work units applying to obtain a “Film Shooting Permit (Single Film)”, must provide a copy of their business licence to SARFT and fill out an application of a “Film Shooting Permit (Single Film)”.
Article 7: Film script (outline) filing procedure
(1) Film production work units put forward filing with SARFT or a provincial-level radio, film and television entity implementing local examination;
(2) SARFT or the provincial-level radio, film and television entity implementing local examination shall, according to the time limits provided in the “Administrative Licensing Law”, issue a Film Script (outline) Filing Receipt (specimen in attachment);
If an opinion is not put forward within twenty working days, the producing work units may conduct filming according to the filed film script (outline);
where an opinion of revision or disapproval of filming is made of a film script (outline), the producing work unit shall be notified in writing within twenty working days;
where the film script needs to request examination and comment from other relevant controlling authorities and experts, the period shall be extended by twenty working days, and the producing work unit shall be notified in writing.
Article 8: Provincial-level radio, film and television entities implementing local examination shall report the film script (outline) filing situation to SARFT; SARFT shall publicise the film script (outline) filing situation at fixed intervals in relevant media.
Article 9: For filming major revolutionary or major history theme films, it is necessary to submit the script for project establishment examination, to be conducted according to SARFT management regulations concerning major revolutionary and major history theme film script project establishment and finished films.
Article 10: For shooting major reference documentary films, it is necessary to submit the script for project establishment examination, according to SARFT management regulations concerning major reference documentary films.
Article 11: For Sino-foreign film coproduction, it is necessary to submit the script for project establishment examination, according to SARFT management regulations concerning Sino-foreign film coproduction.
Chapter III: Film examination
Article 12: The State encourages creation of excellent films with integration of ideological content, artistic quality and enjoyability, close to reality, close to life, close to the masses, benefiting the protection of the healthy upbringing of minors. Vigorously develop advanced culture, support healthy and beneficial culture, strive to transform backward culture, determinedly resist degenerate culture.
Article 13: Films may not contain the following content:
(1) content that defies the basic principles determined in the Constitution;
(2) content that endangers the unity of the nation, sovereignty or territorial integrity;
(3) content that divulges secrets of the State, endangers national security or ad-mages the honour or benefits of the State;
(4) content that incites the nation hatred or discrimination, undermines the soli-rarity of the nations, or infringes upon national customs and habits;
(5) content that propagates evil cults or superstition;
(6) content that disturbs the public order or destroys the public stability;
(7) content that propagates obscenity, gambling, violence or instigates crimes;
(8) content that insults or slanders others, or infringes upon the lawful rights and interests of others;
(9) content that endangers public ethics or the fine folk cultural traditions;
(10) other contents prohibited by laws, regulations or State provisions.
Article 14: Films having the following circumstances, shall be edited or revised:
(1) twisting Chinese culture and Chinese history, gravely violating historical facts; twisting the history of other countries, not respecting other countries’ culture and customs; criticizing images of revolutionary leaders, heroic characters, important historical characters; distorting Chinese and foreign classic books and the images of important characters from classic books;
(2) maliciously criticizing images of the People’s Army, Armed Police, Public Security and the judiciary;
(3) intermittent salaciousness, sex and vulgar content, depicting details such as promiscuity, rape, prostitution, sexual behaviour, homosexuality, masturbation, male and female genitalia and other intimate parts; intermittent filthy lines, songs, background music and sound effects, etc;
(4) intermittent content such as murder, violence, terror, monsters, occultism, etc., value orientations reversing true and false, good and bad, beauty and ugliness, blurring the basic nature of righteousness and unrighteousness; sedulously displaying unlawful or criminal aggressiveness and arrogance, concretely dies-playing details of criminal activities, revealing special investigation methods; having intensely irritating details such as murder, gore, violence, drug use, gambling, etc, having details such as prisoner abuse, extortion of confession by torturing criminals or criminal suspects; having excessively scary or horrible imp-ages, lines, background music and sound effects;
(5) propagating a negative or dispirited view of life, worldview or value system, sedulously playing up or exaggerating ethnic ignorance and backwardness or the dark side of society;
(6) advocating religious extremism, provoking contradictions and conflicts between all religions and religious denominations, or believers and non-believers, harming the feelings of the masses;
(7) propagating the destruction of the natural environment, abuse of animals, catching, killing and eating of State-protected animals;
(8) excessively displaying excessive drinking, smoking and other bad habits;
(9) having violations of the spirit of relevant laws and regulations.
Article 15: Written language characters such as the film signing, subtitles, etc., shall be implemented according to relevant provision of the “Copyright Law of the People’s Republic of China”, “Law of the People’s Republic of China on the Standard Spoken and Written Chinese Language”, etc.
Article 16: Technical film quality is to be examined according to relevant State film technology standards.
Article 17: The completed film shall be reported to the corresponding film examination organ for examination. For film submission, the following materials shall be provided:
(1) for double-system recording films
1. a set of double recoding tapes (if BETA image tapes are used to substitute double-system tapes for examination, they shall be reported to SARFT separately for approval), for digital film submission, a set of high-definition digital programme tape;
2. for domestic films, an examination submission report in quadruplicate;
3. a list of names of the films’ main creative personnel;
4. a report on the film name’s English translation (generally reported in advance);
5. the original work adaptation opinion letter;
6. the joint production agreement;
7, a complete screenplay set;
8, the “Film Script (Outline) Filing Receipt”.
(2) for standard copies;
1. two sets of standard copies (one copy each for SARFT and the China Film Archives;
2. three sets of 1/2 film tapes (Sino-foreign co-productions: four sets), one set each of Beta image tapes, Beta advertising tapes, final mix eight-track tapes;
3. a standard copy submission for examination and approval technical appraisal letter;
4. music effect materials of films determined as ethnic language-dubbed;
5. three sets of completed screenplays (ethnic language-dubbed films” four sets);
6. relevant stills.
Digital film technological examination standards and material submission, shall be implemented according to relevant SARFT regulations.
Article 18: Film examination procedure:
(1) the producing work unit shall put forward and examination application with the SARFT Film Examination Committee;
(2) the SARFT Film Examination Committee makes an examination decision within twenty working days of receiving the mixed-recording tapes and corresponding materials. Those examined as meeting standards, are issued a “Film Examination Decision Letter” and a “Public Film Screening Permit”. For those examined to not meet standards or needing revision, an explanation shall be made in the “Film Examination Decision Letter”, and the producing work unit shall be notified;
(3) the SARFT Film Examination Committee makes an examination decision within ten working days of receiving standard copies (digital programme tapes) and corresponding materials. Those examined as meeting standards, are issued a “Public Film Screening Permit”; for those examined to not meet standards or needing revision, the producing work unit shall be notified;
(4) for films submitted for examination again, after being examined as not meeting standards or needing revision, the examination time shall be calculated afresh;
(5) producing work units not agreeing with the Film Examination Committee decision, may put forward a re-examination request within thirty working days of receiving the “Film Examination Decision Letter” with the SARFT Film Re-examination Committee. The SARFT Film Re-examination Committee shall make a re-examination decision within twenty working days. Those re-examined as meeting standards, are issued a “Public Film Screening Permit”; of those not meeting standards, the producing work unit shall be notified in writing;
(6) Provincial-level radio, film and television entities implementing local examination, shall according to these Regulations conduct film examination, those examined as meeting standards, are issued a “Film Examination Decision Letter” and a “Standard Copy Submission Technical Appraisal Letter”; those examined as not meeting standards or needing revision, shall be handled according to the relevant provisions of Article 18, Paragraphs (2), (3) and (4) of these Regulations.
Producing work units holding a “Film Examination Decision Letter”, a “Standard Copy Submission Technical Appraisal Letter” and the corresponding documents as provided in Article 17 of these Regulations, go to SARFT to obtain a “Public Film Screening Permit”.
Article 19: When provincial-level radio, film and television entities implementing local examination deem it necessary, they may submit a film application to the SARFT Film Examination Committee for examination.
Where producing work units object to the provincial-level radio, film and television entity’s examination decision, they may request re-examination with the SARFT Film Examination Committee.
Article 20: Jointly produced films are to be submitted for examination to the corresponding film examination organ according to these Regulations by the producing work unit that conducted filing formalities.
Article 21: Major revolutionary and history theme films, major reference documentary films, special subject films and Sino-foreign coproduced films, after preliminary provincial-level radio, film and television entity examination and agreement, are reported to the SARFT film examination organ for examination.
Article 22: Films shot by central and State organs’ subordinate film production work units and work units holding a “Film Shooting Permit (Single Film)” are reported directly to the SARFT Film Examination Committee for examination.
Article 23: Imported film examination is handled according to the relevant provisions of Chapter 4 of the “Film Management Regulations” concerning film import and Chapter III of these Regulations concerning film examination.
Chapter IV: Supplementary Provisions
Article 24: Activities violating these Regulations are to be dealt with according to the “Film Management Regulations” and other relevant laws and regulations.
Article 25: These Regulations take effect on 22 June 2006. The “Film Examination Regulations” (Ministry of Radio, Film and Television Decree No. 22) promulgated by the Ministry of Radio, Film and Television on 16 January 1007, and the “Provisional Film Script (Outline) Project Establishment and Film Examination Regulations” (SARFT Decree no. 30) are abolished at the same time.