Memorandum of Understanding Between the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Government of Canada on Film and Television Co-production

Since 1991 the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Government of Canada have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Film and Television Co-production (MOU) , with a view to enhancing bilateral cooperation and development on film and television co-production. The MOU enables Hong Kong and Canadian film and television producers to pool resources to co-produce good quality films and television programmes. Films and television programmes co-produced under the MOU are entitled to benefit from any legislation and government aid schemes available in Canada.

According to the MOU, in Hong Kong, the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development (SCED) is the competent authority to approve co-productions; in Canada, the competent authority is the Minister of Canadian Heritage.

In Hong Kong a Certifying Body has been established to evaluate applications and make recommendations to SCED to approve applications based on the provision of the MOU and its rules of procedure.

Parties interested in Hong Kong-Canada co-productions may apply directly to the Certifying Body. Application forms are available from the Hong Kong Motion Picture Industry Association Ltd (MPIA), which is the secretariat of the Certifying Body. Completed application forms should be sent to the MPIA by fax (2311 1178) or by post at the following address:

Office A, 1/F,
Production Building,
Shaw Moviecity,
201 Wan Po Road,
Tseung Kwan O,
Kowloon, Hong Kong

For enquiries or further information, please call the MPIA on 2311 2692.