Cinema and audiovisual media

A Survey on National Cinematography
Questions

Countries ranked by production volume

The most significant indicator in this survey was the number of films produced nationally in one year.

– Please indicate the total annual number of productions made in your country, mentioning the year referred to.

– Please indicate the total turnover in US$ for all productions made in your country.

– What countries do the foreign participants, producers or investors represent?

Three distinct groups of categories of countries appeared, depending on the importance of national production potential. These groups showed coherence with other social and cultural indicators. They might be clustered further according to common production characteristics and geographical origins. In the following table, the countries are divided into three major groups (large, medium and small); they are ranked in decreasing order of total number of films produced.

An asterisk after the number of films indicates that data was obtained directly from the questionnaire. The numbers are yearly averages in the decade from1988-99.

I. Large-producing countries: more than 200 films per year (5 countries)

India

839

China + Hong Kong SAR

469

Philippines

456

United States of America

385

Japan

238

II. Medium-producing countries: from 20 to 199 films per year (25 countries)

Thailand 194*
France 183*
Italy 99*
Brazil 86*
Myanmar 85*
United Kingdom 78
Bangladesh 77
Egypt 72
Pakistan 64
Germany 63
Rep. of Korea 63
Turkey 63
Islamic Rep. of Iran 62
Sri Lanka 58
Argentina 47*
Russian Fed 46*
Spain 45*
PDR of Korea 37
Sweden 30*
Greece 25
Singapore 25
Canada 24*
Austria 22*
Nigeria 20
Poland 20*

III. Small-producing countries: from 1 to 19 films per year (72 countries)

Australia 18
Ireland 17
Netherlands 16
Viet Nam 16
Denmark 15*
Czech Rep. 14*
Indonesia 14
Israel 14
Portugal 14*
Switzerland 13*
Hungary 12*
Malaysia 12*
Norway 12*
Albania 11
Bulgaria 11
Kazakstan 10*
Mexico 10*
Uzbekistan 10
Romania 9
Finland 8
Yugoslavia FR 8
Belgium 7*
Iceland 7
Cuba 6
Rep. of Moldova 6
Ukraine 6
Burkina Faso 5
Georgia 5
Lebanon 5
Bolivia 4
Ecuador 4*
Guyana 4
Morocco 4
Namibia 4
New Zealand 4
Slovakia 4
Venezuela 4
Afghanistan 3*
Armenia 3
Azerbaijan 3
Colombia 3
Croatia 3
Estonia 3
Guatemala 3
Lithuania 3
Mali 3*
Algeria 2
Belarus 2
Cameroon 2
Costa Rica 2
Côte d’Ivoire 2
Latvia 2*
Libyan Arab
Jamahiriya 2
Former Yug. Rep. of Macedonia 2
Sierra Leone 2
Slovenia 2
Syrian Arab Rep. 2
Tunisia 2
Angola 1
Chile 1
Cyprus 1
Ethiopia 1
Ghana 1
Guinea 1
Iraq 1
Luxembourg 1*
Mauritius 1
Peru 1
Sudan 1
Tajikistan 1
United Republic of
Tanzania 1*
Uruguay 1

Nine non-producing countries also responded to the questionnaire: Bahamas, Bahrain, Benin, Cambodia, Chad, Kenya, Namibia, Nicaragua and Rwanda.

Last update 02/10/01