China launches screenwriting contest for American writers


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Beijing on January 10, 2013. Moviegoers in China spent 17 billion yuan (2.7 billion USD) on tickets last year, turning the country into the second-largest film market in the world, the state news agency Xinhua said on January 9.

Today, the Chinese government announced the creation of an international scriptwriting contest. The idea behind the contest is to target American writers. The winners of the “Tale of Beijing” contest will all get prize money and an all-expenses paid trip to Beijing to meet with potential investors.

Clayton Dube, director of the US-China institute at the University of Southern California, joins the show with more.