China-Singapore Film Co-Production Agreement

The film industry, and producers in particular, strongly support these agreements because “they see the ability to use these agreements to invest significant additional resources in their projects”16 For more information and qualification criteria, see the Telefilm Canada certification application page or the Infocomm – Media Development Authority of Singapore. The co-production agreement allows an authorized film or television program to be considered purely Canadian content in Canada and in Singapore as a local production, in accordance with CAVCO rules, so that producers can claim all benefits or assistance programs available in both countries, including tax and investment incentives. Canada in general has very strict local content rules for all television content, especially in animated content. The rules stipulate that a minimum number of hours per day must be produced on site on all television channels. This contract allows Singapore producers to access the Canadian television market for all authorized co-productions. The agreements are based on a principle of reciprocity, expecting that financial and creative contributions will be compensated over a period of time, so that the film industries of both countries benefit in the same way.15 The Committee notes, however, that human rights organizations or other groups that may have an interest in freedom of expression in China and Singapore were not consulted in the negotiations17. China and Singapore, particularly given the two-step approval process described in the agreement with China and the potential for initial approval of a film and not final approval. The Committee heard that it was unlikely that a film would not be allowed definitively, provided it has been drafted in accordance with the approved scenario, as all issues are raised during the preliminary approval phase.18 With respect to Singapore, restrictions on foreign participation will remain in line with the Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement.19 Singapore and New Zealand signed a co-production agreement in 2004. which paves the way for cooperation in the field of cinema for the creative minds of both countries. , TV, animation and other media projects.