How many films are produced each year?

Bollywood and Nollywood produce more than Hollywood

The new strong film industries are in Nigeria and India: Far more films are produced here than in Hollywood. In terms of marketing, however, the US strips are still the most successful.

India and Nigeria have overtaken the USA as the strongest film industry. Nowhere in the world are so many feature films produced as in Indian "Bollywood" and in African "Nollywood". The USA ranks only third among the states with the most film productions. However, the US films remain the most successful.

According to a study by the UN cultural organization Unesco, exactly 485 feature films were made in the United States in 2006. In "Bollywood", whose name is a cross between Bombay and Hollywood, there were 1091 films. In Nigeria, where the film industry calls itself "Nollywood", 872 films have been made.
Unesco rated the film landscape in Nigeria as particularly interesting. There are almost no cinemas there, but there is still a very pronounced film culture. Nigerian producers therefore rely primarily on inexpensive video production. 99 percent of all films are watched at spontaneously organized film evenings in the neighborhood.

"These new dates are proof of the need to reconsider the place of culture on the political agenda," said Unesco Director General Koichiro Matsuura. "The film and video production is a brilliant example of how the culture industry can open the door to dialogue and understanding of cultures - as carriers of identity, values ​​and content." In addition, growth and development would be promoted.

US films most successful

Despite the numerical superiority of Nigerian and Indian films, the American ones remain the most successful, according to the study. They dominate the ranking of the ten most successful films of the year in numerous countries. In countries such as Australia, Canada, Costa Rica and Romania, all ten most-watched films in 2006 came from the USA.

With 174 films, Germany ranks seventh behind Japan (417), China (330) and France (203). For the study, the UN Organization for Education, Science and Culture evaluated data from 99 countries.