FAQ for China Video Fixer

What permits do we need to obtain in order to shoot videos in China?

Officially Foreign production companies need to obtain a Filming Administration Permit (FAP) from the State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television (SARFT) or its local counterparts. The FAP application process can vary depending on the location and type of production, but it typically requires a detailed shooting plan, script, production schedule, and crew and cast list.

If you are facing time constraints or issues with obtaining a FAP, our production assistants can assist you in finding alternative solutions that fit your budget and timeline.

Can we bring our own equipment into the country or do we need to rent locally?

Foreign production companies can bring their own equipment into China, but they need to declare it at customs and obtain temporary importation permits. Alternatively, they can rent equipment from local suppliers.

What are the rules regarding filming in public places in China?

Filming in public places in China requires permission from the relevant authorities, which may include the local police department, cultural bureau, or transportation department. The permission process usually involves providing a detailed shooting plan and obtaining a permit.

If you are facing time constraints or issues with obtaining a permit, our production assistants can assist you in finding alternative solutions that fit your budget and timeline.

Can we hire local crew and actors or do we need to bring our own team from abroad?

You can hire local crew and actors, but they need to comply with local labor laws and regulations. This includes obtaining work permits for foreign crew members.

Hiring local actors in China can be highly beneficial for foreign production companies as it provides access to a diverse pool of talented actors who can bring an authentic and nuanced portrayal of Chinese culture and society to their videos. China has a large number of Chinese and foreign actors who are based in the country and can be hired for productions. Our team can assist you in identifying and hiring the right actors for your video to ensure that your China video production project meets the expectations of your target audience.

What are the regulations regarding aerial filming using drones or helicopters?

Aerial filming using drones or helicopters is regulated in China, and requires special permits from the relevant authorities. This includes obtaining a permit for aerial photography, complying with safety regulations, and avoiding sensitive areas such as military installations and government buildings.

How long does it typically take to obtain the necessary permits for filming in China?

The processing time for a FAP application can vary depending on the location and type of production. It's advisable to apply for the permit well in advance of the shoot, as the process can take several weeks or even months.

Are there any restrictions on the types of content we can film in China?

There are restrictions on filming content related to politics, religion, and national security. The Chinese government may also restrict content that it deems to be inappropriate or offensive.

We understand that some shooting contents can be sensitive and require careful consideration and evaluation to ensure that they meet the necessary regulations and cultural sensitivities. As trusted producers, our team can assist you in assessing the sensitivity levels of your desired shooting contents and advise you on the best approach for securing those contents. We can work closely with you to ensure that your video production meets all necessary regulations and cultural requirements, while also achieving your creative vision. Please don't hesitate to contact us to discuss your project in more detail.

Are there any restrictions on the number of crew members we can bring into China?

There are no specific restrictions on the number of crew members that foreign production companies can bring into China, but they need to comply with local labor laws and regulations. This includes obtaining work permits for foreign crew members and complying with minimum wage and working hour regulations.

What are the requirements for insurance coverage for our crew and equipment while filming in China?

Foreign production companies are advised to obtain comprehensive insurance coverage for their crew and equipment while filming in China. This includes liability insurance, workers' compensation insurance, and insurance for equipment damage or loss. They may need to provide proof of insurance when applying for permits.

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