The UK Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has announced the ratification of a landmark film co-production treaty between the UK and China.

The benefits of the deal for qualifying films are twofold: they will not be subject to China’s quota on foreign films (and will therefore provide UK films with increased access to Chinese audiences) and co-productions will have access to public funding, potentially including UK film tax relief and the British Film Institute (BFI) Film Fund.

The deal was negotiated for the UK by the BFI and China’s Film Bureau and China Film Co-production Corporation, with support from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and UK Trade & Investment in Beijing, and was co-signed by Mr. Tong Gang, Vice Minister for State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT).