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Chinese authorities open £420m facility to help homegrown films compete with animated blockbusters such as Kung Fu Panda.

This article titled “China picks cartoon fight with Hollywood” was written by Ben Child, for guardian.co.uk on Tuesday 31st May 2011 13.27 UTC

It is designed to be the creative hub that catapults local film-makers towards the heights achieved by Hollywood animation giants such as Pixar and DreamWorks. China has opened a .5bn yuan (£420m) facility in Tianjin, near Beijing, aimed at producing films that can compete with the best of the west.

Chinese authorities say more than 180 firms will be present at the new 190-acre facility, which is located about 30 minutes from the capital via high-speed rail.

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