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Setting Up a Film Company

Updated: Dec 27, 2023



Setting Up a Film Company


Setting up a film company in Hong Kong can be an exciting and rewarding venture. Hong Kong offers a number of advantages for filmmakers, including a vibrant film industry, a supportive government, and a strategic location in Asia.


Here are the steps involved in setting up a film company in Hong Kong:


  1. Choose a business structure. The most common type of business structure for film companies in Hong Kong is a private limited company. This type of company offers limited liability to its shareholders, meaning that their personal assets are protected if the company goes into debt.

  2. Register your company with the Companies Registry. You can register your company online or through a government service center. You will need to provide some basic information about your company, such as its name, registered office address, and directors.

  3. Open a business bank account. You will need a business bank account to receive and manage your company's finances.

  4. Obtain any necessary licenses or permits. Depending on the type of films you will be producing, you may need to obtain a filming permit from the Film Services Office.

  5. Get insurance. It is important to get insurance to protect your company from any liabilities that may arise during film production.

  6. Hire staff. You will need to hire a team of talented and experienced professionals to help you produce your films.

  7. Market your company. Once you have produced your films, you will need to market them to potential distributors and audiences.


Here are some additional things to keep in mind when setting up a film company in Hong Kong:


  • The Hong Kong government offers a number of financial incentives for film producers. These incentives include tax breaks, grants, and subsidies.

  • There are a number of co-production opportunities available with mainland China. This can be a great way to access a larger market for your films.

  • The Hong Kong film industry is very competitive. It is important to have a strong business plan and a unique selling proposition in order to succeed.


Here are some additional resources that you may find helpful:



How Bestar can Help


Bestar is a one-stop business registration and compliance service provider in Hong Kong, and we can definitely help you set up your film company there. Here's how:


Company Formation:


  • Business Structure: Bestar can help you choose the right business structure for your film company, taking into account factors like liability, taxation, and control. We'll likely recommend a private limited company for the same reasons mentioned earlier.

  • Company Registration: Bestar can handle the entire company registration process for you, from filing the necessary paperwork with the Companies Registry to obtaining the Certificate of Incorporation.

  • Registered Office: Bestar can provide you with a registered office address, which is required by law for all Hong Kong companies.


Licensing and Permits:


  • Filming Permit: Bestar can help you apply for a filming permit from the Film Services Office, if required for your specific productions.

  • Other Licenses and Permits: Depending on your business activities, Bestar can help you identify and obtain any other necessary licenses or permits, such as a business registration certificate or tax registration.


Additional Services:


  • Accounting and Tax Services: Bestar can provide you with accounting and tax services to ensure that your film company is compliant with all relevant Hong Kong regulations.

  • Payroll Services: Bestar can manage your payroll for you, taking care of employee salaries, taxes, and social security contributions.

  • Business Bank Account Assistance: Bestar can help you open a business bank account in Hong Kong.

  • Immigration Services: If you are planning to employ foreign workers in your film company, Bestar can help you with the immigration process.


Benefits of Using Bestar:


  • Saves you Time and Money: By using Bestar, you can save yourself the time and hassle of setting up your film company yourself. We will take care of all the paperwork and formalities for you, so you can focus on running your business.

  • Expertise: Bestar has a team of experienced professionals who are familiar with all the latest regulations and requirements for setting up a film company in Hong Kong. We can provide you with expert advice and guidance to help you avoid any pitfalls.

  • Cost-Effective: Bestar's fees are competitive, and they offer a variety of packages to suit your budget.


Overall, Bestar can be a valuable partner for anyone who is looking to set up a film company in Hong Kong. We can provide you with the support and guidance you need to get your business up and running quickly and smoothly. Contact Bestar today!

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