Quota Laws on Foreign and Domestic Films by Nation

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  • Germany

    Germany
    All films are banned with the exception of Denmark (Denmark films must be good, with no quotas on foreign films, Denmark films dominate domestically!).
  • Hungary

    Hungary
    Any distributor releasing 20 or more films in a yr. must produce at least 1 Hungarian film.
  • Germany

    Germany
    Quota of one domestic to one foriegn film.
  • Italy

    Italy
    Italian films must be shown for 1 week per every 2 months.
  • Austria

    Austria
    A quota ran for 2 years, that for each domestic film released, distributors are granted licenses for 20 imports.
  • Austria

    Austria
    Quota is reduced to 10 imports per domestic film. (see later this same year....there must have been some serious lobbying taking place!)
  • Portugal 1927

    Portugal 1927
    A quota requiring each cinema 'program' should include at least 1 reel (1,000 ft) of domesitically produced film.
  • Australia

    Australia
    A quota introduced requiring 1,000 fr of Australian production in each program. No legislation followed.
  • United Kingdom 1928

    United Kingdom 1928
    Quota for distributors set at 7.5%. In October the quota for exhibitors is set at 5%.
  • France

    France
    A quota of 1 French film for every 7 imported/foreign film.
  • Austria

    Austria
    Restrictions relaxed to a quota of 23 per every 1 domestic film shown.
  • Australia

    Australia
    Australia film production plummeted.
  • France

    France
    Quota is changed; 3 domestic films to 7 foriegn films shown.
  • USSR 1930

    USSR 1930
    Under Stalin, all American (Hollywood) films are banned
  • Hungary

    Hungary
    Quotas abandoned in favor of fees per import.
  • Brazil

    Brazil
    A quota of one short domestic film per one long foreign film.
  • Germany

    Germany
    A requirement concerning dubbing sound was put in place that dubbing should only be crried out in Germany, and that only 50% of imported films could be dubbed.
  • Italy

    Italy
    Italian cinema's are to show at least 1 Italian film for every 3 foriegn films.
  • Australia

    Australia
    Quota established nationally, though details eluded me.
  • Brazil

    Brazil
    Commercial treaty of 1935 states no quotas for foreign (American) films.
  • Denmark

    Denmark
    Although there are levies on films, a varying rates depending on that years legislation, there have NEVER been quotas on the film industry in Denmark due to the popularity of domestic films. WOW!
  • Japan 1945

     Japan 1945
    Restrictions/quotas form the Showa Era are Abolished. Here comes 'Godzilla!'
  • France

    France
    A quota of 5 weeks of French film shown domestically per quarter year.
  • United Kingdom 1948

    United Kingdom 1948
    Quotas for distributors are abolished. Quotas for exhibitors are set at 45% per long film, and 25% per supporting programming.
  • Mexico 1949

    Mexico 1949
    A quota of 50%, domestic to foriegn films is made law.
  • Spain 1955

    Spain 1955
    The Spanish Gov. wanted to replace an agreement with (Hollywood) with another redcing the number of US films from 100 to 80 a year. Unacceptable to Hollywood interests, Hollywood imposes boycott on Mexican films.
  • Italy

    Italy
    An exhibition quota of 100 days a yr ( roughly 28%) Italian film must be shown in any Italian cinema.
  • South Africa 1956

    South Africa 1956
    An across the board entertainments Tax is introduced.
  • South Korea

    South Korea
    1967-2006 A quota requiring cinemas to show Korean films 146 day a year.
  • Iran 1969

    Iran 1969
    Censorship rules determined on a case by case basis by the State are strict and somewhat inconsistant. The rules are interprited freely according to the views/opinions of the controlling regime.
  • United Kingdom 1983

    United Kingdom 1983
    All quotas are "suspended."
  • Mexico 1992

    Mexico 1992
    The previous quota of 50% foreign to domestic films to be shown is legislated to phase down to 0% in 4 years.
  • Spain 1994

    Spain 1994
    A quota of 1 day of EU films for every 2 day of non-EU films is enacted.
  • Mexico 1997

    Mexico 1997
    A Federal Film Law passed re-introducing a 10% quota. Producers in Mexico lobbied for a 30% quota.
  • Spain 1997

    Spain 1997
    Quota of 1994 is changed to 1 day EU films per 3 days of non-EU films are to be shown.
  • Spain 1998

    Spain 1998
    A decree of language policy is adopted imposing dubbing and screen quotas to increase Catalan-language films.
  • Russia 1998

    Russia 1998
    Mikhalkov, acting as Chairman of the Fimmakers Union, proclaims, "our heros have disappeared form the movies...even as our flimmakers are too bust trying to imitat the West, " as a plea for protection against domination by Hollywood.
  • Brazil

    Brazil
    After very generous but devestating 'deals' with the US, the current quota is set so that domestic film must be shown at least 63 days per year.
  • Argentina

    Argentina
    Quota introduced to protect local production. All exhibitors muct show at least one local film in each quaarter year for each screen.
  • Malaysia 2005

    Malaysia 2005
    A regulation (not quota) is put in place requiring cinemas to show domestic films for 14 consecutive days.
  • 2006, S. Korea

     2006, S. Korea
    U.S strikes a deal with Korea relaxing quotas on foreign films. The Korean film industry workers express their disapproval of the 'deal' through protests and rallies. Hollywood dominates the Korean cinemas
  • "Russia" Now

    "Russia" Now
    "Hollywood movies threaten Russa home grown cinema," proclaims the Minister, who proposes a 24% Russian to foreign film quota.
  • Finland

    Finland
    No quotas
  • China 2012

    China 2012
    China allows 20 foreign film to be seen per year. State-run companies control all distribution of films in spite of a 2009 rulling by the WYO that foreign films (Hollywood?) be allowed more participation. China lost it's case against the WTO shortly after, but tight control remains today. Lately there is discussion of both, tighter control and complete loosening of restrictions.
  • Greece 2012

    Greece 2012
    Domestic films are to be shown at least 28 days of the year.
  • India 2012

    India 2012
    As per India's Foreign Direct Investment Policy (FDI), there are no entry level condition currently in film production, exhibition, or distribution (including related services and/or products).
    Though India released the largest number of movies in a single year, globally, theatres are showing more and more foreign films domestically. Domestic producers and distributors are now fighting for their rights against exhibitors.
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