After a one and a half of construction, the Changzhou National Hi-tech District, based in Jiangsu province, China, has been finished. Participation includes more than 40 animation companies from Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, and cooperative agreements from eight overseas entities from Korea, India, Canada, Malaysia and Singapore. Based on the status of their working agenda, by the end of this year, 12 animated productions should be completed, totaling 6,251 minutes.
"It is a strategic move in the upgrading of the economic mix," Changzhou Party secretary, Mr. Fan Yanqin said.
In 2004, Changzhou decided to invest in animation to upgrade the local economy. Since then Changzhou has sponsored the International Cartoon Festival every year and developed a State-level cartoon art exchange platform with international participants. This has resulted in Changzhou being named the State Animation Base.
The Changzhou Municipal Government has taken a series of incentive policies and actions in support of this platform by sponsoring the International Cartoon Art Festival, including annual activities with Korean Jiangyuan Animation Institute and U.S.-based Disney; by holding the China Creative Idea Market, cooperation projects in animation production with entities from the U.S., Canada, France, Japan and Spain; and the construction of public technical services for the nationwide post production base and the education of scriptwriters and other talents. Out of those colleges and universities located in Changzhou, 12 have included into their curriculum the animation major and relevant courses.
Before the end of this year, Changzhou Cartoon City plans to entice another 50 animation entities to set up their facilities.