China Film Group Corporation

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China Film Group Corporation (CFGC), is the largest,[1] most influential film enterprise in the People's Republic of China, owned by the Central Propaganda Department of the Chinese Communist Party. According to Forbes, it is a state monopoly that all imported films have to work with. It also runs theaters and finances, produces, and distributes films.[2] In 2014, the company was the largest film distributor in China, with 32.8% of the market.[3]

China Film Group Corporation
SSE: 600977
FoundedFebruary 1999
Key people
Han Sanping, Zhang Qiang
ParentCentral Propaganda Department of the Chinese Communist Party
SubsidiariesChina Film Animation
China Film Group Corporation
Simplified Chinese中国电影集团公司
Traditional Chinese中國電影集團公司


The predecessor China Film Corporation was established in 1949. For 40 years until the end of 1992, China Film Import & Export Corporation was the only film buyer and distributor in China. From 1 January 1993, 16 other Chinese film studios became responsible for distributing their own films.[4] In 1999, the corporation became known as the China Film Group Corporation.[5] It remained the only importer of foreign films in China and is a major exporter of Chinese films.[6][7]


The studio of China Film Group in Yangsong, Huairou District, Beijing

China Film Group is involved in a variety of businesses which include film and television production, film distribution and exhibition, film importation and exportation, cinema circuit management, digital cinema construction, print developing and processing, film equipment management, film and TV CD production, ancillary products, advertising, property management as well as real estate.[8] China Film group partnered with Crest Digital in 2007, building a 15,000 square meter state-of-the-art DVD and CD manufacturing facility outside Beijing.[9]

Along with the China Research Institute of Film Science & Technology, the group created DMAX, a large-screen film format developed to break IMAX's large-screen monopoly in China.


For over a decade, China Film Group's subsidiary, China Film Import & Export Corporation, has been the sole government-authorized importer of films.[7] Another CFG subsidiary, China Film Co-production Corporation, is charged by the SARFT to oversee and manage all Sino-foreign co-productions.

China Film Group's film and TV production units include: the former China Film Corporation, Beijing Film Studio, China Youth Film Studio, China Film Co-Production Corporation, China Film Equipment Corporation, Movie Channel Production Center, Beijing Film & Video Laboratory and Huayun Film & TV Compact Disk Co., Ltd. The company has an animation division called China Film Animation.[10]

China Film Co-Production CorporationEdit

The China Film Co-Production Corporation (Chinese: 中国电影合作制片公司), abbreviated as CFCC, was founded in August 1979.

China Film Co-Production Corporation is authorized by the State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television (SARFT). As a sole agency, CFCC enjoys all rights and liabilities of an individual legal entity. It was founded to administer affairs relating to film co-production, and provide coordination and other services, pursuant to the Regulations on Administration of the Film and the Rules on Administration of the Sino-Foreign Film Co-production (Edict 31, Edict 52 and other relevant rules by the SARFT). CFCC has its precise roles and functions as follows:

  • Process applications of film co-production between Chinese domestic film studios and foreign film companies or filmmakers; execute agreement with all co-operative parties; supervise, coordinate and manage the performance of the agreements.
  • Introduce Chinese domestic studios to foreign parties and provide related co-production services.
  • Review proposed scripts of the Sino-foreign co-production projects and provide consulting services for the proposed projects.
  • Provide assistance in relation to entry visas for foreign crews participating in the production.
  • Provide assistance in relation to customs clearance for filming equipment, film stocks and materials to be used in production.
  • Conduct preliminary review of the completed films.
  • Process application and provide related hospitality services for foreign crews to conduct shooting of short films in Mainland China.
  • Organize forums, seminars and symposiums related to Sino-Foreign film co-production.
  • Administer other matters instructed by the SARFT.

Procedures for Sino-foreign Co-production Both Chinese and overseas parties should sign a co-production agreement or letter of intent upon mutual consensus (the Chinese parties should be state-run companies or private ones with co-production credentials).

  • The leading Chinese party should submit the script to the provincial film authority, under which it is registered, for preliminary comments (A leading Chinese party affiliated to the central government or state organs is entitled to submit it directly to CFCC).
  • The leading Chinese party should submit the script and comments given by the provincial film authority and necessary documents to CFCC.
  • CFCC submits the script and necessary documents to SARFT after preliminary review.
  • SARFT approves and issues a Co-production Permit.
  • CFCC organizes the signing of an agreement among all parties.
  • The leading Chinese party files with CFCC a list of the film's main cast and talent from abroad.
  • The leading Chinese party should apply to CFCC for entry visas for the foreign crew, and entrust CFCC to handle the China Customs' clearance of temporary entry/exit of such items as equipment, facilities, film negative and other goods for the production.
  • The leading Chinese party should file the English title of the film with CFCC.
  • If conducting post-production and film development outside Mainland China, the leading Chinese party should submit an application to CFCC.
  • The leading Chinese party should submit the completed film to the provincial film authority for preliminary comments before submitting to CFCC, who will the submit the film with its own comments to SARFT for final censorship.

CFCC has established two offices in charge of general administration and co-production business respectively. The general office takes care of general administration, secretary, finance and human resource matters. The business office takes care of administration, service and coordination of film co-production between Chinese film studios and foreign filmmakers, and hosting foreign crews for making non-feature films in Mainland China.


Each year, China Film Group produces more than 30 feature-length films, 400 TV plays, and 100 telefilms.[citation needed] Its films include The Warlords, Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon, Kung Fu Hustle, Golden Bear winner Tuya's Marriage, and Protégé.


Release Date Title Produced by Distributed by
2013 Man of Tai Chi China Film Group Corporation, Wanda Media, Village Roadshow Pictures Asia, Universal Studios RADiUS-TWC (US), Entertainment One (CA), Roadshow Entertainment (AU/NZ/Singapore), China Film Group, Wanda Media (China), Universal Pictures (International)
2014 The Monkey King Filmko Entertainment, Pegasus Motion Pictures, China Film Group, Shenzhen Golden Shores Films, Zhejiang HG Entertainment, Dongguan Boning Entreprise and Investment, Beijing Wen Hua Dong Run Investment Co., Ltd., China Film Co-Production Corporation, Global Star Productions Filmko Entertainment (Hong Kong; International), Newport Entertainment (Hong Kong), Beijing Anshi Naying Culture Co. (China), China Film Group Corporation (China), Wanda Media (China), Global Star Productions
2014 The Crossing Beijing Gallop Horse Film, Le Vision Pictures, China Film Group Corporation, Huayi Brothers, Yoozoo Entertainment, Beijing Cultural & Creative Industry Investment Fund Management, Dongyang Mighty Allies Movie & Culture, Huace Pictures, Beijing Phenom Films, China Movie Channel, Galloping Horse Culture & Media, Lion Rock Productions N/A
2014 Black & White: The Dawn of Justice Beijing Hualu Baina Entertainment Co., Ltd, Pulajia International Entertainment Co., Ltd, Yinli Entertainment Investment Co, Ltd, China Film Group Corporation, Beijing Yunqi Media Co., Ltd, Dongyang Hualu Baina Entertainment Co., Ltd N/A
2014 The Deathday Party Beijing Guanghui Liansheng Entertainment Co., Ltd, China Film Group Corporation, Golden Harvest Entertainment Co. Ltd, HG Entertainment, E Mei Film Group, Sichuan Eying Xinshengli Media Co., Ltd N/A
2014 The Lost 15 Boys: The Big Adventure on Pirates' Island China Film Group Corporation, Sichuan Institute of Media, Zhigengniao Computer Art Co., Ltd, Shanweiduo Media Co., Ltd N/A
2014 One Step Away Shanghai Film Group Co., Ltd, China Film Group Corporation N/A
2015 Seventh Son Legendary Pictures, Thunder Road Pictures, China Film Group Corporation Universal Studios
2015 Furious 7 Original Film, One Race Films, Media Rights Capital, China Film Group Corporation, Relativity Media Universal Studios
2015 Wolf Totem China Film Group Corporation, China Movie Channel, Beijing Forbidden City Film Co., Reperage, Beijing Phoenix Entertainment Co., Chinavision Media Group, Mars Films, Wild Bunch Groupe Herodiade China Film Group Corporation, Mars Distribution, Edko Films
2015 Pixels Happy Madison Productions, 1492 Pictures, China Film Group Corporation Columbia Pictures
2015 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II: The Green Destiny China Film Group Corporation, Pegasus Taihe Entertainment, The Weinstein Company, Yucaipa Films Netflix, The Weinstein Company
2016 The Mermaid China Film Group, Edko Films, The Star Overseas, Hehe Pictures Co., Ltd, Beijing Enlight Pictures, Shanghai New Culture Media Group Co., Ltd, Alibaba Pictures Group Limited, Shanghai Tianshi Media Co., Ltd, BinGo Group Co., Ltd Beijing Enlight Pictures, China Film Group Corporation
2016 Air Strike China Film Group Corporation N/A
2016 Warcraft Legendary Pictures, Blizzard Entertainment, Atlas Entertainment Universal Studios
2016 The Great Wall Legendary East, Le Vision Pictures, Atlas Entertainment, China Film Group Corporation Universal Studios Le Vision Pictures
2016 Xuanzang China Film Group Corporation, Eros International China Film Group Corporation
2016 Tik Tok China Film Group Corporation, Beijing Hairun Pictures China Film Group Corporation
2016 My Best Friend's Wedding China Film Group Corporation, Columbia Pictures China Film Group Corporation
2017 The Fate of the Furious Original Film, One Race Films, China Film Group Corporation Universal Studios
2019 The Wandering Earth China Film Group Corporation China Film Group Corporation, Netflix
2019 Mosley Huhu Studios, China Film Animation[11][12] Rialto Distribution[13]
2023 The Wandering Earth 2 China Film Group Corporation

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ Hollywood's China Fixer 12 November 2012 Forbes page 127, 128
  3. ^ "China Film Industry Report 2014-2015 (In Brief)" (PDF). EntGroup Inc. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
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  5. ^ "中国电影网--关注中影". Archived from the original on 12 March 2010. Retrieved 17 September 2010.
  6. ^ (in Chinese) CFGC issues 500m yuan bond to finance digital movie_English_Xinhua
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  8. ^ China Film Group: Archer Entertainment Media Communications Incorporated
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  10. ^ Alex Ben Block (12 May 2015). "China Film Group, Canadian, Kiwi Partners Back 17-Movie Slate (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 16 July 2018. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  11. ^ "Snells studio releases animated blockbuster". Local Matters. 2 September 2019. Archived from the original on 3 September 2019. Retrieved 13 October 2019.
  12. ^ Puschmann, Karl (3 October 2019). "Making Mosley: The 20-year journey behind NZ's first computer animated film". The New Zealand Herald. Archived from the original on 3 October 2019. Retrieved 13 October 2019.
  13. ^ "Animated NZ Film Mosley Will Stand Upright And Proud". Rialto Distribution. Stuff. 10 July 2019. Archived from the original on 10 July 2019. Retrieved 13 October 2019.

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