Notice Concerning Improving and Completing Film Script (Outline) Filing and Film Examination Work

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On 4 February, SARFT issued the “Notice Concerning Improving and Completing Film Script (Outline) Filing and Film Examination Work” to all provincial, autonomous region and municipal radio, film and television bureaus, the Xinjiang Production-Construction Corps Radio and Television Bureaus, all SARFT organs and departments, directly subordinate work units and all film production work units nationwide, the notice said that in recent years, under the close concern of the Party Central Committee, with the vigorous support of all levels of government, through the untiring diligence of all film workers, the incessant development of film industrialization has been pushed forward, in film creation and film markets, a desirable development situation has emerged. At present, according to the unified deployment of the Central Committee, the national film management system planning work has already completely reached the goals, this provides desirable conditions for rationalizing film management systems, accelerating film industrialization’s even better and quicker development. In order to fully give rein to the vigour of provincial-level administrative radio, film and television entities (hereinafter simply named “provincial radio, film and television entities”, even better carry out film management functions, standardize administrative examination and approval procedures and segments, and provide an even more convenient and highly efficient service to film production enterprises, according to the “Film Management Regulations” and the “Film Script (Outline) Filling and Film Management Regulations” (SARFT decree no. 52), the improvements and completions of the film script (outline) filing and film examination management work are notified as follows:

I, Establishing and completing management systems

Film script (outline) filing and film examination are key to guaranteeing the flourishing and correct guidance of film creation, and are basic and important segments in film management work. SARFT promulgated the “Film Script (Outline) Filling and Film Management Regulations” in 2006. These Regulations have been implemented more than three years ago, and have lead to a standardizing and guaranteeing function for the whole film creation and production. All provincial-level radio, film and television entities must earnestly sum op their experiences, give high regard to and strengthen this management segment, establish and perfect film management and film examination structures, guarantee that implementation of personnel, technological equipment, etc., meets goals as soon as possible, and guarantee this work to be regularly carried out.

II, Further guaranteeing management responsibility

SARFT is responsible for national film script (outline) filing and film examination management work, SARFT film examination organs are responsible for final film examination.

All provincial-level radio, film and television entity are responsible for film script (outline) filing and initial film examination management work in their administrative areas, and to establish corresponding management organs and film examination organs, to be concretely responsible for film script (outline) filing reporting, reply and initial film examination and reporting in their administrative areas. Provincial-level radio, film and television entities and film examination organs implementing territorial examination (Jilin, Guangdong, Zhejiang, Shaanxi, Hubei and Beijing) are responsible for film script (outline) reporting and reply, and initial film examination and part of final film examination in their administrative areas.

(1) Film script (outline) filing

1, Where film producing work units (including all sorts of film and television culture companies established through approval with industry and commerce administration, likewise hereinafter) produce films, the film script (outline) shall be delivered by the first producing work units to the provincial level radio, film and television entity of the locality of registration with industry and commerce administration before filming for filing, the provincial level radio, film and television entity makes a decision within the period provided in the “Administrative Permission Law” and reports to SARFT, and after SARFT promulgates the filing result, a “Film Script (Outline) Filing Receipt” shall be provided to the film production work units holding the “Film Production Permit”, other film production work units shall be issued a “Film Production Permit (Single Film), where filming is permitted after revision or filming is not permitted, the reasons shall be explained and the production work unit shall be notified in writing.

2, For all plots with main content and main roles involving aspects such as State security, foreign relations, religion, military affairs, public security, judicature, history and famous cultural persons, sensitive historical incidents, etc., (hereinafter named special subjects), the provincial level radio, film and television entity may only file after seeking opinions from the corresponding controlling authority.

3, Shooting major revolutionary and history theme films, major historical documentaries, Sino-foreign cooperative films, after the provincial-level radio, film and television entity examines the film script, will be reported to SARFT to conduct project establishment examination and approval according to relevant management regulations.

4, Film production work units subordinate to Central Committee and State organs (the Army) shooting films, must directly submit the film script (outline) to SARFT for filing or project establishment examination and approval.

5, All provincial-level radio, film and television entities shall timely report agreed film script (outline) filing to SARFT, the content containing: film name, filing work unit (contact person, telephone number), full name of the scriptwriter (real name), story synopsis (ca. 300 characters) filing opinion, etc.

6, After SARFT conducts gathering and examination of the filing situation, promulgates the filing results of the nationwide film scripts (outlines) on the SARFT government website two times per month, once in the first ten days and once in the last ten days. Film scripts (outlines) not having undergone filing promulgation or project establishment examination and approval may not be shot, completed films will not be accepted for examination.

2) Film examination

1, Films completed by film production work units, must be submitted to the local provincial-level radio, film and television entity film examination organ for initial examination according to film script (outline) filing procedure, and after shaping an initial examination opinion reported by the provincial-level radio, film and television entity to the SARFT examination organ for final examination.

2, All sorts of films produced by film production work units subordinate to the Central Committee and State (Army) organs, are directly reported to the SARFT examination organ for examination.

3, Films examined by the SARFT examination organ, where they meet examination criteria, will be issued a “Public Film Projection Permit” by SARFT, where they do not meet examination criteria or need revision, the production work unit shall be informed in writing.

4, The provincial-level radio, film and television entities implementing territorial examination, except for initial examination major revolutionary and major historical subject films, major culture documentaries, Sino-foreign cooperation films which are then reported to the SARFT examination body for final examination, conduct final examination for all other kinds of films (special subject films must have an opinion from the provincial-level controlling authority), where examination meets qualifications, a “Film Examination Decision Letter” and an “Examination Submission Standard Copy Technology Appraisal Letter” will be issued by the provincial-level radio, film and television entity, the producing work unit will submit this letter together with other relevant filing materials to SARFT to obtain a “Film Public Projection Permit; where revision is needed or qualifications are not met, the reasons shall be stated and notified in writing to the producing work unit; exceptional film cases for which provincial-level radio, film and television entities find it hard to make an examination decision or where the producing work unit does not agree with the decision, may be submitted to the SARFT examination body for examination, but a written opinion and reasons must be submitted.

5, Film producing work units not agreeing with the SARFT examination committee examination decision, may put forward an application for re-examination with the SARFT re-examination committee within 30 working days of receiving the examination decision. The SARFT re-examination committee shall put forward a re-examination decision within 20 working days, where re-examination meets qualification, SARFT issues a “Film Public Projection Permit”, where re-examination does not meet qualifications, it the producing work unit shall be notified in writing.

III, Other relevant matters

(1) This Notice is applicable to script (outline) filing and examination of all sorts of domestic feature films, opera films, cartoon films, documentary films, science and education films (not including State-ordered science and education films), special topic films, etc., as well as domestic films exclusively provided for film channel broadcast.

(2) Concrete work time limits and relevant filing material for film script (outline) filing and film examination touched upon in these Regulations, will still be implemented according to the relevant requirements of Article 6, Article 7, Article 17 and Article 18 of the “Film Script (Outline) Filing, Film Management Regulations” (SARFT Decree No. 52) and the “Provisional Regulations on Digital Film Master Copy Payment Collection”.

(3) Relevant management work during the process of film shooting, will be the responsibility of the provincial-level radio, film and television entity that accepted film script (outline) filing, all those involving assistance from the Army, Public Security, Cultural Relics, etc., for filming and having to conduct border entry and exit formalities, after examination and verification by the provincial-level radio, film and television entity, will be approved by SARFT.

(4) After all provincial-level radio, film and television entities receive this Notice, please report circumstances of subordinate film examination organ staffing and organization, work procedures, technological equipment, etc., to SARFT for filing (Contact person: SARFT Film Department Production Office Liu Yanhui, Huang Zhi, contact telephone: 01086090423, 01086090424).

  1. This Notice takes effect on the day of issuance, in exceptional cases of reasons such as technological equipment, etc., where provincial-level radio, film and television entities can temporarily not undertake film examination, a written report must be submitted, but implementation must occur before 30 June 2010.

广电总局关于改进和完善电影剧本(梗概)备案、电影片审查工作的通知

2月4日,广电总局向各省、自治区、直辖市广播影视局,新疆生产建设兵团广播电视局,总局机关各司局、直属各单位,全国各电影制片单位发出《广电总局关于改进和完善电影剧本(梗概)备案、电影片审查工作的通知》,通知说,近年来,在党中央的亲切关怀下,在各级政府的大力支持下,经过全体电影工作者的不懈努力,推动了电影产业化的不断发展,电影创作和电影市场呈现出良好的发展态势。目前,根据中央的统一部署,全国电影管理体制的划转工作已全部到位,这对理顺电影管理体制,加速电影产业化更好更快的发展,提供了良好的条件。为充分发挥省级广播影视行政部门(以下简称省级广电部门)的积极性,更好地履行电影管理职能,规范行政审批程序和环节,为电影制片单位提供更加便捷高效的服务,依据《电影管理条例》和《电影剧本(梗概)备案、电影片管理规定》(广电总局令第52号),现就改进和完善电影剧本(梗概)备案、电影片审查的管理工作通知如下:

一、建立健全管理机制

电影剧本(梗概)的备案、影片的审查,是确保电影创作繁荣和导向正确的关键,是电影管理工作中基础而又重要的环节。广电总局于2006年发布了《电影剧本(梗概)备案、电影片管理规定》。该规定实施三年多来,对电影的整个创作生产起到了规范保障作用。各省级广电部门要认真总结经验,高度重视并加强这一管理环节,建立健全电影管理和电影审查机构,确保人员、技术设备等尽快落实到位,确保此项工作正常运转。

二、进一步明确管理职责

广电总局负责全国电影剧本(梗概)备案、影片审查的管理工作,广电总局电影审查机构负责影片的终审。

各省级广电部门负责本行政区域内电影剧本(梗概)备案、影片初审的管理工作,并成立相应的管理机构和电影审查机构,具体负责本行政区域内电影剧本(梗概)备案的上报、批复和影片的初审、上报。实行属地审查(吉林、广东、浙江、陕西、湖北省和北京市)的省级广电部门和电影审查机构负责本行政区域内电影剧本(梗概)备案的上报、批复和影片的初审、部分影片的终审。

(一)电影剧本(梗概)备案

1、电影制片单位(包括经工商注册登记成立的各类影视文化公司,下同)摄制电影,应在拍摄前由第一出品单位将电影剧本(梗概)送工商注册登记所在地的省级广电部门备案,省级广电部门应按照《行政许可法》规定的期限作出决定并上报广电总局,待总局公布备案结果后,由省级广电部门对持有《摄制电影许可证》的电影制片单位发放《电影剧本(梗概)备案回执单》、其他电影制片单位发放《摄制电影许可证(单片)》,修改后拍摄或不同意拍摄的应说明理由并书面通知制片单位。

2、凡剧情主要内容和主要人物涉及国家安全、外交、民族、宗教、军事、公安、司法、历史和文化名人、敏感历史事件等方面的(以下简称特殊题材),省级广电部门须将电影剧本征得省级相关主管部门的意见后,方可备案。

3、拍摄重大革命和重大历史题材影片、重大文献纪录影片、中外合作影片,由省级广电部门审核电影剧本后,按相关的管理规定报广电总局进行立项审批。

4、中央和国家机关(军队)所属的电影制片单位摄制电影,将电影剧本(梗概)直接送广电总局备案或立项审批。

5、各省级广电部门应将同意电影剧本(梗概)备案的情况及时报广电总局,内容包括:影片名称、备案单位(联系人、电话)、编剧姓名(实名)、故事摘要(300字左右)、备案意见等。

6、广电总局对备案情况进行汇总、审核后,于每月上旬和下旬分两次在广电总局政府网站公布全国电影剧本(梗概)的备案结果。未经备案公布或立项批准的电影剧本(梗概)不得拍摄,完成影片不予受理审查。

(二)影片审查

1、电影制片单位摄制完成的影片,需按电影剧本(梗概)备案程序,送当地省级广电部门的电影审查机构初审,形成初审意见后由省级广电部门报广电总局电影审查机构进行终审。

2、中央和国家机关(军队)所属的电影制片单位摄制的各类影片,直接报广电总局电影审查机构审查。

3、广电总局电影审查机构审查的影片,审查合格的,由广电总局颁发《电影片公映许可证》;审查不合格或需要修改的应书面通知制片单位。

4、实行属地审查的省级电影审查机构,除对所属电影制片单位摄制的重大革命和重大历史题材影片、重大文献纪录影片、中外合作影片进行初审并报广电总局电影审查机构终审外,对其它各类影片进行终审(特殊题材影片须有省级相关主管部门的意见),审查合格的,由省级广电部门颁发《影片审查决定书》和《送审标准拷贝技术鉴定书》,制片单位持此文件并备齐相关材料到广电总局领取《电影片公映许可证》;需要修改或审查不合格的,应说明理由并书面通知制片单位;省级广电部门对个别难以作出审查决定或制片单位对审查决定不服的影片,可以提交广电总局电影审查机构审查,但需提供书面意见和理由。

5、电影制片单位对广电总局电影审查委员会的审查决定不服的,可以自收到审查决定之日起三十个工作日内向广电总局电影复审委员会提出复审申请。广电总局电影复审委员会应在二十个工作日内作出复审决定,复审合格的,由广电总局颁发《电影片公映许可证》;复审不合格的,书面通知制片单位。

三、其它有关事项

(一)本通知适用于各类国产故事影片、戏曲影片、动画影片、纪录影片、科教影片(不含国家定制的科教影片)、专题影片等以及专供电影频道播映的国产影片的剧本(梗概)备案和影片审查。

(二)本通知涉及的有关电影剧本(梗概)备案、影片审查的具体工作时限和送交的相关材料,仍按《电影剧本(梗概)备案、电影片管理规定》(广电总局令第52号)中第六条、第七条、第十七条、第十八条和《数字电影母版有偿收集暂行规定》(〔2008〕影字863号)的相关要求执行。

(三)影片拍摄过程中的相关管理工作,由接受电影剧本(梗概)备案的省级广电部门负责,凡涉及军队、公安、文物等协助拍摄及办理出入境手续的,由省级广电部门审核后,报广电总局批准。

(四)各省级广电部门接到本通知后,请将所属电影审查机构的人员组成、工作程序、技术设备等情况报总局备案(联系人:广电总局电影局制片处刘艳徽、黄治,联系电话:01086090423、01086090424)。

(五)本通知自下发之日起执行,个别省级广电部门因技术设备等原因,暂不能承担影片审查的,需提出书面报告,但必须在2010年6月30日前执行。

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