Making moves in the online movie market

By Xu Fan ( China Daily ) Updated: 2015-05-28 07:19:50

The movie is targeted at "those born in the 1980s and 1990s", who are also the main group of people who access entertainment via the network.

Li Yansong, CEO of iQiyi Motion Picture, says Running! F is part of the new "Internet film" genre.

"The 'Internet films' (created only for the online market) are those with a low or mid-range budget from 500,000 yuan ($81,000) to 4 million yuan. It has no large-scale film sets and takes comparatively less time to shoot and develop during post-production. The core highlight is the story," he says.

The latest figures available show that China's online population surged to 649 million at the end of last year. Nearly two-thirds of those people are used to watching TV series and films on mobile devices.

Research by several major streaming websites show that most commuters in big cities spend around 90 minutes commuting every day. Many watch movies or TV shows on their smartphones to kill time.

Yu Yongyang, the head of Internet film department at iQiyi Motion Picture, says the company makes money by charging 5 yuan for every movie.

"Viewers can watch the first six minutes of a movie for free. After that, they need to pay 5 yuan to get the full version," he says, adding that the "Internet movies" also include those with limited screenings or those not allowed to be released in theaters.

Around 400 movies, streamed by iQiyi last year, have earned a total online box-office revenue of 50 million yuan.


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