How online video platforms could support China’s independent microfilm (short film) makers and enhance the Chinese film industry

Filippo Gilardi, Andrew White, Shuxin Cheng, Jin Sheng, Wei Song, Yifan Zhao

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Abstract

As with the US and EU media landscapes, the Chinese film industry is dominated by platforms similar to Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, most notably in the form of the BAT (Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent) companies that according to He ((2015, August 10). Chinese internet companies are taking over the film industry. Business Insider. Retrieved from http://uk.businessinsider.com/chinese-internet-companies-are-taking-over-the-film-industry-2015-8?IR=T) are “taking over the film industry”. These have been described as “imperialistic” in the monopolization of their respective markets and in the use of their financial muscle to squeeze content creators’ incomes (Jin, D. Y. (2015). Digital Platforms, Imperialism and Political Culture. New York: Routledge.). While in the western market this undermines the mainly middle-class professionals who drive creativity (Timberg, S. (2015). Culture Crash. The Killing of the Creative Class. New Haven: YUP.), in China it limits the opportunities for new talent to grow. This paper will, therefore, give an overview of the Chinese microfilm (online short movies) industry and investigate how Chinese BAT companies and other online video providers could enhance the Chinese film industry by developing infrastructure to direct revenue of microfilms to the creators.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-49
Number of pages15
JournalCultural Trends
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020

Keywords

  • Chinese online video platforms
  • digital business models
  • micro-movies
  • micro-payment
  • microfilms
  • short movies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Communication
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts

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