Another day, another story about how a major Hollywood Summer blockbuster goes head to head with a pacificrim_071513_1600low-budget domestic film at the Chinese box-office. More often than not, Hollywood films dominate in China, with a few exceptions here and there. Unfortunately for the Chinese film industry, not every film can be Lost in Thailand or Journey to the West, and Goliath inevitably defeats David. That recently occurred when a homegrown coming-of-age drama (Tiny Times) was forced to go up against giant robots fight giant monsters (Pacific Rim).


SPOILER ALERT: The robots won.


Guillermo del Toro’s latest raked in $9 million on its opening day in China. While that doesn’t sound like much compared to its opening in the States, this is the biggest opening for a Warner Bros. movie in China. After about a week in theaters, Pacific Rim went on to make $33.9 million, while Tiny Times only brought home $27.2 million. We previously reported on how well the Chinese film was doing, but it seems that bright star is starting to fade.


f2c2084a20a44623a6ad365b9922720e0df3d781The threat of Hollywood dominance in the Chinese film market has prompted the Chinese government to enforce a “black-out” period, allowing for more of China’s domestic films to have a shot at being seen without the threat of being outshined by a robot/monster punch orgy.  China did the same thing last year, which lasted a whole two-month period. With Hollywood out of the way, China’s own filmmakers will be able to screen One Night Surprise, Tiny Times II (that was fast), and Saving Mother Robot. Enjoy, China!


feature-filmIf you were looking to capitalize on your creative writing skills and enter the China based screenwriting competition, I’m afraid you’re too late. The Beijing International Screenwriting Competition, held by the Beijing International Creative Industry Corporation, officially announced its 15 winning contestants. The winners will be flown to Beijing where they will receive their cash reward of $1000, along with a chance to participate in producing their films.


In case you missed it, the Chinese government announced in March that they would be holding a script-writing contest seeking entries from American writers looking for a chance to see there work have a shot at getting filmed. For those willing to submit, the contest would accept feature-length or short-film scripts. The only catch, however, was that each story would take place in (or otherwise involve) Beijing. The idea of a Chinese writing competition targeting American screenwriters came about after the limited release of Lost in Thailand in the U.S. box-office. While Lost became the highest grossing domestic film in Chinese history, it had a dismal opening in America, and was immediately pulled from theaters. The competition was initially announced on March 4, with the deadline for feature films in April 7 and short-films in April 20.


The Grand Prize winners who submitted short-film scripts, seven in all, will not only be jetting to Beijing for their cash reward, but will also have the opportunity to work directly with the Chinese filmmakers charged with bringing their work to life. The details for such a collaboration have not yet been finalized, though it is already determined that each film will have a budget of $10,000. Once they’ve achieved their final product, each short-film will be shown on LeTV, the Chinese equivalent of YouTube. Fortunately for all writers involved in the contest, they will retain ownership of their work after the final product is shown, meaning they can take their films to various festivals if they wish. As for those fortunate enough to submit a winning feature-length script, they will stay in Beijing to compete for the Grand Prize of $15,000.