Hong Kong movies are expected to receive a boost in Guangdong after the provincial government eased import restrictions on movies from the city, the Guangdong Cultural Department said. The department was quoted in a mainland newspaper at the weekend as saying the provincial government had secured the approval of the mainland's State Administration of Radio Film and Television (Sarft) to select and import, without any import quotas, movies funded and produced in Hong Kong. Hong Kong films that suited the tastes of Guangdong's cinemagoers would be chosen, although these would still need final approval from Sarft before they may be shown, the department said. No detail or timetable for the new arrangement had been officially announced. 'I think the new arrangement by the Guangdong government will benefit those small-budget, local-taste movies,' said Alvin Lam, chief operating officer of Universe International Holdings, a local movie- maker. For small-scale productions, the new arrangement could add HK$2 million to HK$3 million to their box office receipts, while big-budget movies could expect HK$4 million to HK$5 million, Mr Lam estimated. 'Supposing those small-scale productions expected HK$3 million in box office receipts in Hong Kong, the new arrangement may double their revenue,' he said. The Hong Kong movie industry has been fighting for access to the mainland market. Under the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (Cepa), a Hong Kong movie may be regarded as a mainland movie if it is co-produced with a mainland company. These movies, with budgets of more than HK$30 million, may be launched in cinemas nationwide.