19 Feb 2009

Chinese to team up with local film companies

7:14 am on 19 February 2009

New Zealand's film industry is to get a boost from multi-million-dollar partnerships with Chinese producers.

The Pacific Culture and Arts Exchange organisation met executives of Chinese production companies on Tuesday, showing them around studios and production facilities in Auckland.

The organisation's chairman, Jim He, says the companies have agreed to co-produce four films with New Zealand companies, with budgets ranging from $2 million to $20 million.

Mr He says the collaboration will showcase the New Zealand film industry in Asia as well as providing more job opportunities locally.

A collaborative effort between Chinese and New Zealand production companies can be classified as a local film in China, and thus able to be freely distributed there.

The group will also look at facilities in Wellington.