The Vietnamese government has set requirements stating that theaters screen local movies for at least 20 percent of the total number of shows in an attempt to boost the local film industry.
Vietnamese movies have to be shown between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. at local theaters, the government said in a report citing the new regulations which will take effect July 7.
Television broadcasters are also asked to air local series for a minimum of 30 percent of the time set aside for TV series. Vietnamese series must be broadcast during primetime, from 8-10 p.m., unless minimum requirements have already been met.
The government also requires that 5 percent of the time allotted to TV series must be dedicated to series made for children under 16.
Presently, foreign films dominate theaters in Vietnam while many television channels air a large number of Chinese and South Korean series.