A Dialogue with Producer Ren Jie about Chinese Film Industry at CBC丨Beijing on June, 26th 2017

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A Dialogue with Producer Ren Jie about Chinese Film Industry at CBC丨Beijing on June, 26th 2017

June 26, 2017

On June 26, Columbia Global Centers | Beijing invited REN Jie, an experienced Chinese producer to speak about the history and the transformation of Chinese film industry, from state ownership to marketization.

“Producer sounds to be an easy job. Many people believe that producer only needs to buy meals for the cast, but it’s not like that,” said Ren, talking about the duties of a producer. "Director is recognized as the key figure when making a film, but producer is also important. Producer is in charge of budget, movie quality, and logistics.”

By the time he started his career, Ren said, “the theme of the film was determined by the government.” Every year, each film studio was assigned by the Chinese Central Propaganda Department to produce a certain number of films in certain topics. Nowadays however, “although Chinese films are still supervised by the Chinese Central Propaganda Department and the State Administration of Radio, Film, and TV (SARFT),” directors and producers have more freedom to choose the topic.

In the end, Ren mentioned that the development of Chinese economy encourages the thriving of Chinese film industry. In the meantime, Chinese film industry is giving back to the society through establishing public funds to support young filmmakers.