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New release of cinema data 


The UIS Data Centre has been updated to include the results of the 2009 biennial survey on the global cinema industry, including key indicators designed to help measure diversity in film production.


Key findings, based on data from more than 100 countries, include:

  • India, Nigeria and the United States are still the biggest film producers.
  • India’s Bollywood produced 1,200 feature-length films in 2009, compared to 987 productions (in video format) from Nigeria’s film industry, which is commonly referred to as Nollywood. In contrast, the United States produced 694 major films. 
  • Four Asian countries are among the top 10 film producers. India is the leader. China ranked fourth (475), followed by Japan (448). South Korea is number ten (158). The Russian Federation (253), France (230), Germany (216) and Spain (186) complete the list.

Globally, movie-goers favour Hollywood films, but in some countries, national and regional film industries are becoming more vibrant. To better assess the cultural diversity of cinema production, the UIS has introduced new indicators, such as languages of production and origin of films viewed.


Findings include:

  • In 2009, about 75% of Nigerian films were produced in local languages, such as Yoruba (54.7%), Hausa (16%), Bini (4.2%) and Igbo (0.4%).
  • In 2009, India produced 18.2% films in Hindi, 16.9% in Telugu, 14.8% in Tamil, 13.7% in Kannada and 7.7% in Marathi.
  • In 2009, Egyptian movies represented 50% of the most viewed films in Bahrain and appeared as well in the Top 10 of Morocco and Lebanon.

The Data Centre  also includes updated statistics from 2007 to 2009 on cinema infrastructure, film production, distribution and exhibition. Historical data from 1995 to 1999 are available in separate tables for fewer indicators and data.


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