China’s film industry has undergone significant – and rapid – development over the past decade, as the quality of domestic films has improved and China has become a key location for major international film studios and independent producers alike. With a significant growth in the number of cinemas and the increasing disposable income of the average Chinese citizens, China has become one of the most important markets for international filmmakers. However, despite some reforms to open the market to international films, the industry is still closely regulated through film quotas, limited distribution channels and censorship. This guide provides insight into the regulatory and policy framework for the film industry, as well as practical information for foreigners at all stages of the production and distributions processes.